English-language schools want work-study permits to boost student intake

The Federation of English Language Schools in Malta is seeking policies to tackle accessibility issues in a bid to boost international student intake

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Jeanelle Mifsud
12 April 2017, 4:48pm
FELTOM CEO Genevieve Abela explained how the sector continues to be a very valid contributor to Malta’s economy, generating around 8.1% of total tourist expenditure and 10.7% of total guest nights
FELTOM CEO Genevieve Abela explained how the sector continues to be a very valid contributor to Malta’s economy, generating around 8.1% of total tourist expenditure and 10.7% of total guest nights
The Federation of English Language Schools in Malta (FELTOM) is seeking policies to tackle accessibility issues in a bid to boost international student intake, including efficient visa processes, the introduction of work-study permits and walk-in applications.

At the launch of the 7th English language travel (ELT) industry report compiled by Deloitte, FELTOM CEO Genevieve Abela explained how the sector continues to be a very valid contributor to Malta’s economy, generating around 8.1% of total tourist expenditure and 10.7% of total guest nights.

Abela pointed out that international activities in 2016 have had consequences on the local industry. “This is why it is important that Malta is prepared to counter this with diversified, unique, and collaborative measures,” she said.

She insisted that it was necessary to reflect on why, despite marketing initiatives, other destinations were registering growth in the sector while Malta saw a minimal increase on arrivals.

“FELTOM will continue lobbying for more support and recognition that will not only benefit our members but also ensure that Malta’s recognition as a destination continues to grow,” Abela said.

According to the ELT report, the number of language students increased by just 1.6% over 2015, while the average length of stay fell to 20.9 days in 2016 from 22.1 days in 2015.

The ELT industry report is an important strategic tool that gives a strong portrayal of the state of the ELT sector in Malta to date. It is based on thorough research amongst FELTOM's 22 member schools, aiming to serve as an indicator of required improvements.