Education & Training
The Education and Training Working group helps the construction industry to attract talent and to support skills development by retaining existing talent and improving current standards. The working group’s aim is to advise and identify new technologies and products, to identify skill gaps in the working force. Other goals are to, encourage employees who need to be trained as regards the application of such new technology and materials, to prepare training programmes’ in order to address such skill gaps and to ensure that current circumstances of employment conform to existing laws and regulations and also to re-construe the current perception of the construction industry as seen today in order to promote cultural development.
One of the biggest achievements of this working group was the identification of skill gaps exercise. Following this research, the skill card policy has been proposed. This initiative was agreed to by the Government and was included as a measure in the 2015 Government Budget. The BICC, together with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders, drafted the White Paper, which clearly outlined the aim of the Skill Card and the role of each stakeholder in the implementation of the policy instrument. A public consultation on this White Paper was also held a later stage.
Through this policy, the BICC has also worked on taking a further step and now it has become a Licensed Further and Higher Institute providing accredited courses which are benchmarked against national standards. We are also members of the Sector Skills council for the construction industry. Standards for nationally recognized qualifications are developed by Sector Skills Councils and registered by the qualification board. These standards are confirmed and frequently reviewed and updated by the Education and Training Working Group to make sure that they are always relevant to industry needs.
After standards are developed and maintained (NOS) we develop and coordinate relevant courses for each trade at various levels. Courses are developed either formally or non-formally through the Vocational Informal and Non-Formal Learning. Both formal training and non-formal training (VINFL) are regulated by the set standard and accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education.
We also provide CPD courses and short training courses. All courses are delivered and assessed to a recognised standard. BICC works with a large network of training providers who deliver the qualifications needed for both the safety card, skill card and or professional cards. We monitor the quality of our training providers to ensure that our students receive the best possible education and training they need to succeed in their skills and professions
Education and Training Working Group:
Chaiperson – Perit Charles Buhagiar
Co-ordinator – Nadette Azzopardi
Mr Frans Chircop, BICC
Mr Ryan Cilia, BICC
Mr Paul Borg, MCAST
Profs Alex Torpiano, UOM
Mr Carmel Dingli, Jobs Plus
Mr Pierre Galea, MDA
Mr Adrian Galea, MIA
Mr Martin Bonello, COC
Mr Joe Saliba, BCA
Mr David Harrisson, MBN
Mr Charles Farrugia, OHSA
Mr Kenneth Abela, UHM
Ms Chantal Stagno Navarra, MCCM
Mr Chris Sammut, COE
Mr Ruben P Borg, ISBIPierre Galea