MCAST and De La Rue Malta sign agreement for new training within the print industry

The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and De La Rue have today signed an agreement to collaborate on new training programmes in printing and secure printing.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the MCAST Main Campus by Dr Silvio De Bono President of the College’s Board of Governors, and by Edward Chetcuti, Director and Head of Malta Operations De La Rue. Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment and Hon. Chris Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business of Malta also attended the event.

MCAST will work with De La Rue to develop training packages that are relevant for students and adults to prepare them to follow a career in the security printing industry. It will provide the academic and practical tutors to deliver the programmes and support students in achieving the necessary accreditation. De La Rue will provide the expert ‘on the job’ knowledge related to the field of security printing to MCAST so that the agreed and developed programs are relevant and validated. De La Rue will also provide access to manufacturing equipment that can be used for the practical training of the trainees.

De La Rue is the world’s largest printer of banknotes and passports in the world and has a centre of excellence at its site in Malta where it employs 567 local staff. MCAST will work with De La Rue to help train and up-skill its workforce to be able to meet and exceed the current and future demands of the security printing industry.

Last year De La Rue and MCAST designed the Level 3 Diploma in Print which was launched in April with the aim to increase the skill print pool for the print Industry in Malta and are also providing an accredited Level 4 Diploma in Security Print. Printing skills are core to many of the business areas in the Malta factory alone, so it is incredibly important to make sure employees have the necessary skills.

Edward Chetcuti, Director and Head of Malta Operations for De La Rue, said, “I am delighted to be partnering with MCAST to help deliver the training for our current workforce and the workforce of the future. Malta is a Centre of Excellence for De La Rue in currency and banknote printing and we have invested in news areas such as product authentication and identity. We need to make sure our staff have the skills to be able to continue to deliver excellence in these areas which are strategically important to the future of the organisation.”

Dr Silvio De Bono, President of the MCAST Board of Governors stated “Today we add another important leading industry player to the list of MCAST partners. Our students will be provided with hands-on training in the latest best practices and technologies. One of our mission is that of ensuring that students have a simple trajectory between schooling and job”.


For more information, for related interview/photography/filming requests, or for other queries please contact:

Caroline Balzan, Communications & PR Manager, MCAST

T: (+356) 2398 7309 | M: (+356) 99272731 | F: (+356) 2398 7316 | E:


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For further information from De La Rue, please contact:

Sinead Keller - Head of Media and PR, De La Rue Plc | e. m. +44 (0)7584 155244


About De La Rue

De La Rue’s purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy. As a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations, De La Rue provides products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods. As the world’s largest designer and commercial printer of banknotes, De La Rue designs, manufactures and delivers banknotes, banknote substrates and security features to customers in a world where currency will continue to be a key part of the developing payments eco-system.

De La Rue is the only fully integrated supplier of both paper and polymer banknotes, and creates security features that ensure banknotes are protected against counterfeiting. De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial printer of passports, delivering national and international identity tokens and software solutions for governments in a world that is increasingly focused on the importance of a legal and secure identity for every individual. De La Rue also creates and delivers secure product identifiers and ‘track and trace’ software for governments and commercial customers alike to help to tackle the challenge of illicit or counterfeit goods and the collection of revenue and excise duties.

De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LON-DLAR). For further information visit

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