Much more highly prized by the Maltese than academic education and university -qualifications is the possession of a trade certificate. In this area Maltese youths have done well, much better than the average Australian or most other ethnic groups. In the 1981 Census, up to 29% of Australian- born Maltese youths aged 20 - 24 had a trade certificate (compared with average Australian population of 22.7%).
It is to be noted however that this is still considered to be a predominantly male domain with few females venturing into this area.
Source: Maurice N. Cauchi - Maltese Migrants in Australia, Malta 1990
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