Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published statistical information on education and training for employability for the first time. The statistical information provided by Eurostat (for the year 2010) places Malta at the head of the table, with 93.01% of graduates managing to find employment within 3 years of their graduation. Malta is followed by the Netherlands at 90.7% and Austria at 88.44%. The EU average for 2010 was 76.40%.
Employability is the combination of factors which enable individuals to progress towards or get into employment, to stay in employment and to successfully develop their careers. The published figures provide percentages for the employment rate of graduates (20-34 year olds) having left education no more than three years prior to the survey.
Empowering young people to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to ensure a smooth transition into the labour market and to further develop their career prospects is more essential than ever. The current economic crisis highlights the importance of this transition from education to work. Malta’s results are a testament to the importance placed on education by the Government and its commitment to ensuring that young Maltese are prepared for the work force.
On 10-11 May 2012, the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council is expected to adopt a European Benchmark on the share of employed graduates from education and training which will set up an EU target level to be reached by 2020. This benchmark will serve as an indicator of the capacity of education and training systems to produce the skills needed by the labour market.
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