Students in different qualifications from initial and continuing Vocational Education and Training (MQF level 1-5), full VET qualifications and short courses in various sectors (Engineering, Art and Design, Agribusiness, Tourism, Basic Skills and Trade training, ICT, Business and Commerce, and Community Services).
Facilitation of a credit and accumulation system across all levels of education (Formalising achieved learning outcomes, progressing or upgrading a qualification, changing the pathway and qualification within the same qualification system, changing the pathway and qualification from one system to another).
Malta launched the Maltese Qualifications Framework which is based on the EQF in 2007. The MQF is characterised by eight levels of qualifications; level one being the first level qualification and level eight being the highest level of qualification. The first referencing report has been presented in 2009; a first update of the report has been presented in 2010. As part of the implementation of the MQF regulations about the description of learning outcomes were defined too.
Malta decided that learning outcomes are based on knowledge, skills and competences. Qualifications in VET are based on occupational profiles / job profiles. The project conducted an analysis of 30 professional profiles using a template for the project VET CCS and another template for the allocation to the MQF. Both templates will be combined in the future, so that all other qualification which are not analysed yet can be allocated to a specific MQF level. The analysis showed that usually a unit of learning outcomes consists of about 5-6 learning outcomes in a unit. The units of learning outcomes are grouped more or less around the ‘subjects’ a qualification consisted of before the reform. The description of learning outcomes is combined with assessment criteria.
ECVET Points are to be allocated on the basis of 1 credit=25 hours of total learning. The time allocated to contact hours, self-study, hands-on training and assessment for each 25 hours of total learning is being kept flexible, for the fact that vocational education and training incorporates a vast range of fields and areas of study each having its own teaching and learning requirements.