MCAST is Malta's leading post-secondary Vocational Education and Training College. MCAST’s mission is to provide universally accessible vocational and professional education and training with an international dimension, responsive to the needs of the individual and the economy. The main role of the College is to provide vocational education and training to Maltese young people in order to satisfy the requirements of the local industry.
It is a unique institution on the Maltese Islands, as it is made up of 10 Institutes and a Gozo Centre, mainly: • Institute of Information and Communication Technology • Maritime Institute • Business and Commerce Institute • Mechanical Engineering Institute • Electronics and Electrical Engineering Institute • Agribusiness Institute • Building and Construction Engineering Institute • Art and Design Institute • Institute of Community Services • Institute of Applied Sciences • Gozo Centre
The College also has a Part time/Ad Hoc courses department, an International Programmes Department, a Sports Department, a Basic Skills Unit and a Vocational Teacher Training Unit. The full-time student population now stands at approximately 6000 students. During each academic year MCAST also provides short courses and ESF courses for approximately 4000 part-time students. MCAST employs more than 500 members of staff. They have wide experience in carrying out international projects.
MCAST has a wide spectrum of students. Some of the students at lower level courses struggle with literacy and numeracy and in order to progress to higher levels, they usually benefit from the support offered by the Learning Support Unit. MCAST also have students with mild to moderate intellectual disability and an increasing number of migrant students (the majority of them coming from Africa).
MCAST offers different trainings targeting the development of the social and emotional skills of its students.
Role in the partnership: MCAST will contribute to all phases of the project and will coordinate the dissemination activities.