Fabian Demicoli

The Second Step Programme

SECOND STEP is a training programme that leads to an ICT Diploma in Information Technology, Information Systems or Computing and Information Systems.

 

The programme is fully funded and therefore offered free of charge. It aims at investing in human capital within the context of a flourishing local ICT industry that is increasingly recognised as a major component in Malta's economic development. ‘Second Step' is aimed at encouraging participants to pursue ICT studies at a higher level.

This programme is mostly targeted at individuals who are unemployed or at risk of long-term unemployment. These include individuals who work in the manufacturing industry, women who intend to return to work, and citizens who would like  to improve their career and upgrade their job prospects within the ICT sector. A basic knowledge of ICT skills and a good command of the English language are essential. Individuals need to have a SEC/O Level pass in Computer Studies (or ECDL Core – subject to an aptitude test), Mathematics and English together with a pass in any one of the following subjects: Business studies, Accounting or Physics.  Pass marks should be at Grade 5 or Grade C (or better), or the equivalent.

Students possessing any one of the following qualifications are also eligible to apply:

BTEC First Diploma in Engineering; IT Practitioners; Mechanical Engineering

City & Guilds Diploma in IT systems support; Software developers; Using Computers; Engineering; Electrotechnical Technology

First Step Programme (previously implemented by MITC) – subject to an aptitude test 

Other EQF/MQF Level 3 qualification related to ICT and Engineering.

A minimum of 3 years work experience in the ICT sector supported with a relevant reference letter from the employer – subject to an aptitude test. 

Priority will be given to applicants who intend to utilise this ICT Diploma for employment prospects. Kindly note that availability is limited and subject to eligibility criteria. Applications will close on Friday 28th January 2011. For more information visit www.mita.gov.mt

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