3.2 Administration and governance
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Following the Council Recommendation establishing the Youth Guarantee, Member States issued National Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans detailing the approach to implementation, the roles of public authorities and other actors, sources of funding, arrangements for monitoring and evaluation and the envisaged timetable. In parallel, the Commission together with the Employment Committee (EMCO) developed an Indicator Framework for monitoring the Youth Guarantee implementation.
The Ministry for Education and Employment was entrusted with the responsibility for the overall co-ordination of the Youth Guarantee. Malta’s Public Employment Services - Jobsplus is the main entity responsible for the profiling, assessment of registering youths who are currently unemployed and providing other services. These services include the setting up of a personal action plan for each individual, offering them advisory services with regard to the labour market, guidance on the development of employability skills and introducing active labour market measures such as traineeships.
Additionally, Jobsplus, in collaboration with the Ministry for Education and Employment, monitors the implementation of the Youth Guarantee through the Indicator Framework for Monitoring the Youth Guarantee.
Malta’s main governmental authorities responsible for youth employment consist of the Ministry for Education and Employment and Jobsplus. Although both authorities do not exclusively deal with young people, this cohort forms part of the entities’ responsibilities and priorities.
Malta recognizes that for the Youth Guarantee programme to be effective, partnership approaches with key stakeholders are essential. To this effect, an inter-agency approach is adopted where multiple actors collaborate to provide a holistic service to these young people. Such stakeholders include Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ - Malta’s National Youth Agency.
MCAST, is Malta’s leading vocational education and training institution which covers MQF Level 1 to MQF Level 6 courses and encourages and supports students to progress to higher levels through a continuous pathway. Aġenzija Żgħażagħ is the entity entrusted with mainstreaming youth issues into national policies and has a central role in bringing together the interests of youth with government policies.
Another important stakeholder is the Directorate for Lifelong Learning and Early School Leavers which is the contact point established within the compulsory education structure to capture early school leavers from the education stream.