The agreement was signed during a press conference which was addressed by the Minister for Education and Employment; Evarist Bartolo, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation,; Silvio Schembri, the MGA’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri, and President of the MCAST Board, Silvio De Bono.
This strategic initiative is the start of a journey which will lead to the development of talent in the gaming sector and the creation of more long term careers for both local and foreign students, through educational programmes which will enhance the sustainability and growth of the workforce in today’s digital economy.
The MGA will be supporting EGIM for the development of its educational programmes pertaining to the Gaming industry but will also be enabling the transfer of the industry’s knowledge to MCAST.
The curricula will further the educational development in areas relevant to this sector in today’s digital economy. The MGA’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri stated that: “This project has been in the pipeline for more than two years and I am delighted that we are launching EGIM in partnership with MCAST. I believe that this partnership will provide the right quality in educational programmes and will go a long way in addressing the skills gap and the supply of more talented individuals to join the growing remote gaming sector.”
Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial services, Digital Economy and Innovation stated that: “The signing of the agreement is a clear sign of the Government’s commitment to address the issue of skills mismatch while continuing to strengthen the iGaming industry.”
Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment commented: “Matching the skills to jobs is proving to be a major task and the biggest stumbling block. We need our people to be both qualified and skilled. Words alone are not enough and we have taken another step in addressing this issue by launching a new project that matches the skills to demands being created by the industry.”