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The National Skills Council has been recently established as an executive body by means of Subsidiary Legislation 605.10 of the Laws of Malta.




The Council’s primary objective is to use evidence-based practices to understand and anticipate current and future skills within the labour work force, whilst instigating policy changes to this effect.  Malta is already facing skill gaps and mismatches, often addressed in the short-term through the importation of foreign workers. This imbalance will exacerbate further due to the ever-changing labour market. Labour market transformations present uncertainty, risks and opportunities locally and worldwide. Investing in human capital development is therefore essential to ensure resilience and competitiveness.


This decade is expected to bring about even bigger changes that will have a lasting effect on the world of work. The key drivers include the fast-technological advancement, the demographics in our country and beyond, and undoubtely climate change.  The European Union recognised these common challenges, and established 2023 as the official European Year of Skills. The National Skills Council has an instrumental role in ensuring that Malta is better-prepared to face new labour market realities with capabilities to contribute to economic and social development.


Strategic Intent




To foster a culture of lifelong learning for all, enabling people to reach their full potential in a dynamic world of work.




To spearhead an evidence-based skills agenda focused on employability, social inclusion and wellbeing.


Guiding Principles


1.       Evidence-based decision making: stimulating an analytical approach and the identification of indicators and measures with scientific rigour.


2.       Ethical development of people: strengthening the link between industry and education/training based on sound ethical principles where the dignity of individuals is always protected.


3.       Inclusivity and Diversity: ensuring no selection of the population is excluded, and embracing a diverse workforce.


4.       Shared responsibility: nurturing an ecosystem in which skills development becomes the shared responsibility of government, employers and individual workers, with social partners playing a critical role





Priority Areas for Action


  1. Spearheading strategic direction
  2. Anticipating industry needs
  3. Nurturing life-wide and life-long learning
  4. Investing in Vocational Education and Training




·    Skills Advisory: advising government on priority skills needs, the direction of skills development in line with emerging global trends, and the   opportunities and challenges for learning and work

·         Skills Strategy & Policy: steering Malta’s national skills strategy and establishing policy and procedures for standards, curriculum and quality assurance

·         Skills Panorama: overseeing research, benchmarking and reporting performance, and developing intelligence,

·         Skills Development: Promoting required mechanisms for the advancement of skills and minimising the skills gap

·   Skills Networking: creating the right channels for different stakeholders to connect and collaborate to effectively respond to present and future  skill demands.


The National Skills Council brings together:

·       Representative from the University of Malta;

·       Representative from the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology;

·       Representative from the Jobsplus Corporation;

·       Representative from the Institute for Tourism Studies;

·       Representative from the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry;

·       Representative from the Malta Enterprise;

·       Representative of civil society;

·       Representative from amongst life-long learning specialists;

·       Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Education;

·     Other four persons who possess leadership qualities, and have an understanding of education and the labour market within the context of an open, democratic, fair, prosperous and inclusive society.



Contact us


Le Marchant House,

Alamein Road,

Pembroke, Malta

PBK 1773


Phone: +35677103890