GRTU was invited by NCFHE to discuss an Employee Skills Gap survey under a project which consists of three initiatives; a study on skills supply and demand in the Maltese labour market, a graduate tracer study, and training sessions for education providers on the implementation of Bologna Process tools.
NCFHE is requesting the assistance from employers’ associations to disseminate the survey to their members and support them in achieving a high response rate from all sectors of the economy and all types of companies.
Whilst acknowledging that a closer corporate taxation system at European level could support more coherence in terms of dealing with different tax regimes across the EU, GRTU's understanding on the effects upon small and island economies such as Malta remain of major concern. Harmonisation in this field of policy along various fronts can lead to an understanding of having the possibility of a one-size-fits-all scenario, which across the realities and make-ups of the Member States' economies within the EU, may be close to impossible unless it provides unfair advantages to the larger and higher-taxed jurisdictions.
GRTU has formally drawn the attention of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner’s Office regarding its concern on the basis of possible data protection and unfair competition regarding access to data entrusted to public authorities for specific purposes. It transpires that the private company Malta Public Transport Service Operations Limited (privately owned by Autobuses de Leon S.L. and Felipe Cosmen Menendez Castanedo) is being allowed a form of access to the National Idenitity Card Database and/or the Driving License Database.
GRTU welcomes a more concise version of the MQF Referencing Report which makes it more practical and user-friendly. There are a number of positive developments yet through a number of issues have also been flagged by GRTU members.
Maintaining the Descriptors for Levels 1-8
GRTU is requesting the Government to take into consideration the business community of the area and not just the residents, in relation to the University that is being planned for the South of Malta.
The GRTU advises that any such project that involves the acquisition of areas of land through advantageous conditions should be subject to clear and stringent parameters on how the land should be utilized.
The GRTU expects that any dealings and contracts entered into for the setting up of this University do not provide for any possibility, in the near or long term, of using the acquired land for retail areas or shopping complexes.