VET and HRD research are mainly oriented to job creation especially to
stimulate a culture of scientific approach in all matters. The Foundation
of Human Resources Development and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority
hold courses and conferences continuously to upgrade skills at all vocational
levels. In general, one can notice the fruits of these efforts in improved
provision of services.
already stated, Malta is poor in natural resources and the human element
is thus of greater importance. It is vital that the quality of our employees
and the skills they possess be constantly improved and upgraded so that
our economy can survive in the face of foreign competition. VET/HRD activities
are thus classified as top priority. The inclusion of the MCST in the portfolio
of the Office of the Prime Minister will surely bring more coordination
of the research efforts undertaken by the many diverse entities. This will
help to direct research to preset goals and make it most effective.
the future needs have to be more precise and directed at the particular
development niches the country is aiming at. Due to the small size of the
country, our economy is most effective in niche markets which may be of
less interest to other bigger countries. Demand forecasting and Market
Research are thus undertaken very seriously. Resulting findings are then
used to build scenarios and Delphi methods used to select the most appropriate
options. It is a marketing method of segmentation and targeting. Once the
options are chosen then research is carried out regarding the tools to
carry out the work.