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Energy Section President Noel Gauci has last week participated in a very
interesting conference on Skills Needs
in Greening Economies. It was very encouraging to note that most issues we face
in Malta are similar to those in other European countries, in Malta however
these issues are more acute.
issue discussed was the need for skills to be able to maintain existing jobs
and further investing in skills for green jobs. At the same time that lay-offs
were inevitably created in some countries we saw the creation of new green jobs
however individuals who were used to traditional jobs needed to be trained so
that they could fit in the newly created green jobs. Adaptation here is also a
key element, and this applies both for industry and the workforce. For instance
a diesel engine manufacturing company needed to adapt and restructure to start
manufacturing gas engines in order to remain sustainable and competitive, while
its employees needed to be trained and skilled for such a change and to
maintain their jobs. This is a case where the companies became greener and so
did the jobs in that company.
project presented by Jerry Van Den Berg was of particular interest for Malta.
The project addressed issues such as the target to treat all waste as a
resource by 2020. Recycling and re-use are very attractive and have multiple
benefits for any country, creating substantial job generation.
project was presented from Germany called Qualergy 2020, a project funded by
Intelligent Energy Europe. This project is also of particular interest for
Malta and we encourage the undertaking of similar project. The project focused
on developing new techniques for building energy efficient buildings in every
aspect such as the construction materials used, renewable heat (in Malta's case
we can include cooling), PV electricity, Biogas/mass, etc.
European Commission Directorate General Education and Culture spoke about skill
shortages in the EU. These ranged from basic skills to shortages of skills
related to trades people, sales persons and engineers. The best way to tackle
this problem is for education institutions to Education institutions to partner
and work closely with industry.
the conference the need for governments to put tools (including funds) at the disposal
of the private sector, industry, companies was particularly stressed. This to
develop technologies and create RES related jobs.
always a pity when enthusiastic individuals are not listened to and thus not
taken into consideration when governments takes decisions. Governments need to
listen more to social partners and experts in various sectors. Otherwise the
best brains are discouraged and lost.
representative very diplomatically remarked that he was surprised to see
countries participating included Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria and….. Malta! Malta
needs to work hard to be reach the levels of countries like UK, Germany and
Itschert concluded that social partners are instrumental and essential for
successful sustainable green jobs creation. Recognition is essential for
initiatives taken by social partners. (This is a case in point for our Green MT
and GRTU APPROVED & PVPFS schemes).
course change will bring consequences, but change is necessary and if we see
what happened in other countries, we realize it is not as bad and difficult as
it seems. In the end training will also prove to be key for better jobs, better
wages, and better lives. Change in lifestyle can lead to a better environment.
It is a shame that in many institutions the right hand does not know what the
left hand is doing, and Governments should put their act together. Coordination
is important, governments should listen to and involve social partners.
The Malta Chamber of SMEs represents over 7,000 members from over 90 different sectors which in their majority are either small or medium sized companies, and such issues like the one we're experiencing right now, it's important to be united. Malta Chamber of SMEs offers a number of different services tailored to its members' individual requirements' and necessities. These range from general services offered to all members to more individual & bespoke services catered for specific requirements.
A membership with Malta Chamber of SMEs will guarantee that you are constantly updated and informed with different opportunities which will directly benefit your business and help you grow. It also entails you to a number of services which in their majority are free of charge and offered exclusively to its members (in their majority all free of charge).