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Daphne Ciantar wins London Institute of Banking and Finance Scholar Prize

We would like to extend our congratualions to Ms Daphne Ciantar for winning the prestigious Scholar Prize by the London Institute of Banking and Finance for scoring the highest marks in the Advanced Work Based Learning Module forming part of the BSc(Hons) in Banking Partice and Management. Well done! 

IFS Malta President elected Fellow of The London Institute of Banking & Finance

IFS Malta President, Kenneth B. Micallef, has been elected Fellow of The London Institute of Banking and Finance (Fellow LIBF) in recognition of his academic qualifications, professional achievements, and support to the Institute and its role in being a leading provider of financial services education.

Rob Thompson, Relationship Director at the London Institute which was formerly known as the Chartred Institute of Bankers, made the announcement at the recent IFS Malta Annual Dinner and presented Mr Micallef with the Fellowship scroll. Mr Thompson said: “it is a an honour for me to present this prestigious award to Kenneth Micallef, who joins an exclusive list of esteemed bankers, in recognition of his professional and exemplarly contribution to the banking and finance industries and in particular education and training”.

Mr Micallef, started his banking career in 1993 when he joined Bank of Valletta and over the years performed a number of roles within the Bank, both at retail and head office level. He was Head of CEO’s Office and Secretary of the Bank's Management Board and is currently Executive - Fgura Business centre. He is also member on the BOV Arts Exhibition Committee and Executive Secretary of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.

Mr Micallef has been an active Committee Member of IFS Malta since he was first elected in 2003. Over the years he has occupied various roles including responsibility for the Institute's activities, participation in a number of financial literacy projects and Vice President - Education. He was elected President in 2015.

Kenneth holds a Chartered Banker MBA from Bangor University and a BSc in Banking and Finance from the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

International Recognition for ifs Malta at Annual Dinner

ifs Malta has just received international recognition during our annual dinner. Read about it on the Times of Malta article published on December 10th.

IFS Malta Annual Dinner 2018

  We are pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 30th November 2018 at the Portomaso Suite, Hilton St Julians.  The evening will commence with pre-dinner drinks at 7.00 p.m. where guests will have the opportunity to meet and network.  Dinner will start at 8.00 p.m.


Distinguished guests will include the Minister for Finance, the Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, the Chairman of the Malta Financial Services Authority and members of the Diplomatic Corp., senior management of Credit andFinancial Institutions and representatives of constituted bodies.


In line with the established tradition, both the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, will be delivering key policy speeches during the event.


Members are encouraged to attend this important event which is also open to their business guests.  Bookings can be effected by sending an e mail to Attendance is at €60 per person. 

Cryptocurrencies Programme

  The Training Programme on Cryptocurrencies jointly organised by ifs Malta and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment was a great Success. Expert speaker Trevor Neil MSTA MCSI is to be commended for delivering a comprehensive and informative training session in which he shared his knowledge and vast experience about cryptocurrencies and provided insight of what to expect in the future. The session definitely served to clarify many issues and provide factual information to better understand what cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are all about.

Training Pays Scheme ( TPS )


The Training Pays Scheme, forms part of the ESF.01.001 - Training for Employment Project and it aims to assist individuals to develope their skills by participating in further off-the-job education and trianing. The scheme offers assistance to the individual ( trainee ) after successful completion of their training.



To be able to participate in the Training Pays Scheme, applicant needs to satisfy at least one of the following criteria :


- Unemployed and inactive person;

- Self-employed persons;

- Full time employees ( full time with reduced hours acceptable ) employed in Micro Enterprises ( i.e. employing less        than 10 persons );

- Employed persons who are over 40 years of age;

- Employed persons earning less than 12,500 euros ( gross ) per year;

- Persons employed in vulnerable sectors (i.e. sectors were companies are undergoing downsizing activities or are          affected by external crisis ( as in the case of Libya );

- Persons employed in occupations, where the ISCO Skill level for the occupation is at levels 3 to 9 ( namely :                  Associated Professionals and Technicians; Clerical Support WOrkers; Services and Sales Workers; Skilled                    Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery workers; Craft and Related Trade Workers; Plant and Machine Operators and            Assemblers; and Elementary Occupations ).


Applicants should be of working age population as per applicable law.


Interested applicants are invited to apply using the appropriate application from which is available either online              ( ), or from the TPS Unit within Jobsplus Training Complex.

EFFAS Summer School 2018

The 11th edition of the Summer School will take place from 4th to 6th July 2018 in the Group Santander Financial City., Boadilla del Monte ( Madrid ). Pienary sessions and lectures on most actual and relevant topics for our professions in Europe and simultaneous workshops will be given by professors and experts from various industry sectors. Since 2008, Effas is organizing the ITS Summer School with the support of Banco Santander and the participation of professionals from all around Europe.


In this 11th edition of the EFFAS Summer School, the Environment SOcial Governance aspecsts ("ESG"), accounting and Corporate Reporting, Regulation, Megatrends and Brexit and its implication in the European landscape will be thoroughly analysed from different perspectives by top professionals invited to our Summer School. These topics are about to transform deeply not only the structure of financial markets but also the relations between customers and suppliers. They will increase both transparency for the cutomers and costs linked to the operations in the future.

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