Assistant Manager EOCU (Equal Opportunities Compliance Unit)
Youth Coach, with fifteen years experience in Voluntary Youth Organisations on national and international level. Graduate with a Master’s Degree in Youth and Community Development from De Montfort University in UK and a Diploma in Youth Studies from the University of Malta. Successfully managed a three year pre-employment programme for young jobseekers with intellectual disability to enter the open labour market at Jobsplus, the National Employment Agengy. Worked with young people within the Scouts Association of Malta, Agenzija Zghazagh – the National Youth Agency of Malta and led a community based youth project in the community of Santa Lucija.
Worksho Name: ‘The effectiveness of disability quotas when emloying persons with disabilites; an exploratory study among Maltese employers.’
This workshop presents an exploratory study among Maltese employers who employ persons with disabilities in their place of work. In Malta, persons with disabilities are currently supported by a legal ‘Quota System’, established in 1969 but only enforced through a legal notice during the National Budget of 2015. Ten in-depth face to face interviews were held among Maltese employers as part of this research. Quota systems are only one method of how to employ persons with disabilities. Other non-enforcing systems exist mainly through policies that provides a different context for understanding the requirements for integrating persons with disabilities into the labour market. Within the European Union seven courtiers do not practice Quota Systems, while in the United Kingdom, this was abolished in 1994 with the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995. This study gathers information of experiences that local employers gone through since the enforcement of the Act, what worked during this period, what did not work and what suggestions could support policy makers in Malta to support the integration of persons with disability into the open labour market through paid employment. This exploratory study is a work in progress and will form part for the requirement of MA Youth and Community Development Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester – United Kingdom.