RESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT: Prince’s Trust International xl/Achieve Programme to be rolled out across Maltese Secondary Schools

Youth charity Prince’s Trust International has announced it will be rolling out its xl/Achieve programme across all Maltese Secondary Schools, with the help of the Ministry for Education and Employment and the HSBC Malta Foundation.

The Trust launched last November in Malta, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The charity aims to help young people around the globe gain vital skills to move into education, training or employment. It draws on the experience and success of The Prince’s Trust, the UK’s leading youth charity founded by The Prince of Wales 40 years ago, to help deliver educational and employment-led programmes around the world.

One of these programmes is the xl/Achieve programme. Prince’s Trust International xl/Achieve is a personal development programme designed to support young people aged 13 to 19 to engage and succeed in education. The programme works with young people who are at risk of underachieving in education. xl/Achieve provides young people with the space and attention they need to learn skills, develop confidence, raise aspirations and improve their attitude to learning.

During the 2015/16 scholastic year, Malta was the first country to pilot the xl/Achieve programme outside the UK. It did so thanks to a partnership between the Ministry for Education and Employment, Prince’s Trust International and funding from HSBC Malta Foundation.

102 young people, from 7 schools, took part in the programme during the last scholastic year and 62 young people gained a qualification at either Award or Certificate size. The remaining students are working towards achieving a qualification during this scholastic year, having passed their first unit.

This year, 15 secondary schools, from all of the Colleges, two education resource centres and a learning support centre are delivering the programme, with 289 young people participating in the Prince’s Trust International xl/Achieve programme in Malta.

One year into the programme, Maltese pupils’ programme submissions have been praised by Prince’s Trust Qualifications via the External Quality Assurance process for accuracy in assessment decisions and for the effective use of a range of assessment activities which catered to individual learner needs. They further stated that it is clear that learners were engaged with the programme and assessment activities, and had taken pride in their work.

The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) has recognised the Prince’s Trust International xl/Achieve programme in Personal Development and Employability at the respective levels of the Malta Qualifications Framework, thus ensuring that the skills and qualifications young people achieve through the programme are acknowledged and awarded within the Maltese context.

Furthermore, the signing of two separate Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry for Education and Employment and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology and the Institute of Tourism Studies, signifies another important milestone that gives students the opportunity to continue with their educational progression. The attainment of the ‘Prince’s Trust Level 2 Certificate in Personal Development and Employability Skills’ is a recognised qualification for entry to these two post-secondary learning institutions. This progression is another endeavour to help students attend post-secondary institutions despite any difficult backgrounds or academic difficulties that they might have faced.

HSBC Bank Malta CEO Andrew Beane said: “Since the introduction of the xl/Achieve Programme in Malta in 2015, HSBC Malta Foundation has witnessed impressive progress in bringing more and more kids back to the folds of education. The quality of the programme and the results it is achieving in Malta makes us feel proud of our partnership with the Prince’s Trust International, and also fulfils our commitment to the community.”

The partnership between HSBC Malta Foundation, Prince’s Trust International and the Ministry for Education and Employment sees HSBC financing a grant of Euros 300,000 over a period of three years.

Notes to editors:

About Prince’s Trust International

Prince’s Trust International is the most recent addition to The Prince’s Charities, formally launched in 2015 as a result of the extraordinary success of The Prince of Wales’s youth charity, The Prince’s Trust. Over 40 years The Prince’s Trust has helped more than 825,000 disadvantaged young people across the United Kingdom to turn their lives around; three in four young people supported move into work, education or training.

Prince’s Trust International has been created to build on the success of The Prince’s Trust. By sharing its experience and expertise with governments, not for profit organisations and businesses around the world who are similarly seeking to help young people get into work, education or training. By supporting and collaborating with delivery partners Prince’s Trust International helps cement local relationships and allows the sharing of best practice through their growing international network, ensuring programme sustainability and quality outcomes for young people. Further information about Prince’s Trust International is available at www.princestrustinternational.org via enquiries@princestrustinternational.org or 020 7543 1442. For Further information about the xl/Achieve programme in Malta refer to the Ministry for Education and Employment on 2598 2616 or maureen.amoroso@ilearn.edu.mt

Source: Government of Malta.