Malta - Student learning agreements as a way to improve attendance and reduce drop-out

The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has more than 6,000 full-time learners taking vocational programmes at EQF/MQF Levels 1 to 7. This case study looks at how the MCAST management team changed the system for monitoring initial VET students’ attendance to reflect the institution’s awareness of its role and responsibilities towards learners.

Using feedback from the external evaluators and stakeholders, MCAST has planned, developed and implemented a system to monitor student attendance. This system includes a feedback loop to enhance the quality of pastoral and academic services offered to learners who are at risk of being withdrawn as a result of failing to meet the minimum attendance requirements.

This case study demonstrates that the EQAVET+ indicative descriptors can be applied at various levels of VET provision and in a range of situations. In this case, the collection and use of data helps the College to respond to the learning needs of individuals

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Ing P Dalmas Director for Quality Assurance
Malta College of Arts Science and Technology Email:

This case study was prepared in 2017 as part of the work on EQAVET+ organised by the EQAVET Network.

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