The Malta Independent 23 August 2019, Friday

380 students to participate in MITA Student Placement Programme

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 13:52 Last update: about 2 months ago

Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri met some of the students who will be participating in this year’s MITA Student Placement Programme.

“This year the government has once again increased the allocated budget by 30% to the tune of €800,000 for the Student Placement Programme. This is proof of the government’s commitment to give an opportunity to our youths to have hands-on working experience in the industry of the future. This preparedness can only be achieved however if we are able to build on the academic prowess of our youth and provide them with opportunities such as these”, said Silvio Schembri.

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He added that one of Malta’s competitive edge in encouraging new companies to invest here lies in the country’s human capital. “The number of companies requiring employees having knowledge of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and virtual reality is always on the increase. This is an opportunity for you all and focusing your studies in these areas will surely contribute for you to have a successful career”. 

MITA’s Head of Strategy and Business Emmanuel Darmanin said that in the last 5 years, through this programme, MITA, together with employer partners, has been able to offer over 1,600 placements in all sectors which have provided meaningful exposure to the ICT and ICT using industry and for this year SPP managed to place over 380 students. 

“In line with the various initiatives related to emerging technologies, this year’s event has been created with a direct focus on some of these technologies. I encourage to also make use of MITA’s New Emerging Technologies Lab, experience the practical use of these technologies, and above all make the most out of your Student Placement Programme”, said Mr Darmanin.

During the activity, the students took part in workshops related to virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain amongst others through which the winners were awarded DELTA Tech Week. During the event, it was also announced that the government official blockchain event; Delta Summit, will be transformed into the Government Tech Week between the 30th of September and the 6th of October and will cover different areas such as AI, IOT, Blockchain, Esports, Game Development and Space. More information can be obtained on https://delta-summit.com/

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