Figures published by Eurostat show that the percentage of young
people aged 20-24 not in employment, education or training (NEETs),
in Malta, has decreased from 10.9% in 2006 to 9.8% in 2015. This
places Malta with the sixth lowest percentage of NEETs in the
The below table shows the figures for Malta for 2015 compared to
In education and
Not in employment, nor
in education or training
The average rate of NEETs has increased within the European
Union - in light of the difficult economic environment across
Europe in the last eight years - but Malta has managed to lower its
rate. This has to be seen within the context that the youth
unemployment rate in Malta is the lowest one in Europe. The figures
show that Malta's neighbours, primarily Italy, Greece and
Spain, have the highest increases of NEETs showing that Malta has
managed to continue its path towards a higher rate of young people
in education despite the economic upheaval in Europe.
The best performer in Europe on this front has been Germany -
down to 9.3% in 2015 from the 15.2% in 2006. Over the past fifteen
years Germany has worked hard on offering vocational, technical and
hands-on educational experiences at secondary level and beyond, and
these have delivered excellent results.
Eurostat figures for Malta also show that the percentage of
individuals exclusively in education has increased from 19.1% to
24.5%. On the other hand, the figures of those exclusively in
employment has decreased from 62.9% in 2006 to 53.9% in 2015. This
means that more young people aged 20-24 are opting to continue
their education (exclusively) rather than find a job.
Over the past three years, the Youth Guarantee has helped young
people find employment and improve their skills. The introduction
of vocational education in compulsory schooling, through the
Alternative Learning Programme (ALP) and the vocational SEC
pathway, has also engaged more students with different abilities
and learning aptitudes and has helped them find the right fit to
suit them. Revision Classes, the introduction of the Gem16+
programme, investment in classroom technology, and the adoption of
different learning approaches such as the subject proficiency
assessment (SPA), and many other initiatives have also helped on
this front. The diversification of programmes on offer at
post-secondary schools, including the Giovanni Curmi Higher
Secondary School, as well as the further development of vocational
courses at MCAST and ITS have helped enormously to lure young
people towards further and higher education rather than going
directly into employment.
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