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Non-EU workers will need a skills pass to work in tourism from May.

Non-EU workers hoping to get jobs in tourism and hospitality in Malta will need to have a skills pass from May.

The pass, which costs up to €475, was originally due to be introduced in January. 

However, it was postponed to be 'fine-tuned', and following concerns by the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association that there was too little time for the industry to comply with requirements. 

At a news conference on Monday, the government said the skills card will now become mandatory from May. 

From April 8, non-EU workers seeking jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry can apply for an online course in English language proficiency, customer care, hospitality and what Malta offers tourists.  

It will be taught by two artificial intelligence personas called 'Ryan' and 'Clara' and will be needed for work in hotels, bars, restaurants, kitchen staff, housekeeping and front office posts.

From May 6, online verification interviews will be carried out before the pass is issued.

'We will see better service'

Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said the pass was one of a series of measures aimed at ending "the abuse of workers" and would act as a filter to "ensure that only quality workers" are hired. 

Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo described the introduction of the skills pass as an opportunity to deliver quality tourism. 

"I am optimistic that in a few months, we will start to see a better service," he said. 

Besides the pass, the candidate would have to be approved by Jobsplus and the police before receiving a one-year work permit.

Malta Enterprise will also launch a tax credit scheme in April intended to assist local enterprises opting to pay the courses and assessments required for their existing employees to obtain the pass.


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