Access to Employment Scheme 3.1 - Information

Access to Employment (A2E) Scheme provides employment aid to enterprises in Malta and Gozo to promote the recruitment of the more challenged amongst jobseekers and inactive persons. 

Through this scheme, the integration into the labour market is facilitated by:

  • Enhancing opportunities to access the labour market and providing work experience to those furthest away from gainful employment;
  • Bridging the gap between labour market supply and demand;
  • Increasing social cohesion. 

The A2E Scheme is co-financed by the European Social Fund, the Maltese Government and employers.

Eligibility of the Employer

The applicant must meet all the eligibility criteria to benefit from this scheme. Eligible applicants cover all Employers having an economic activity irrespective of their legal form.

These include partnerships, companies, family businesses, associations, individual self-employer or other body of persons, NGOs and Social Partners, when recruiting new employees (or keeping in employment newly registered disabled person). Learn more.

Eligibility of the Participant

The following table illustrates the eligible target groups, level and duration of assistance. Learn more.

TARGET
GROUP
CLIENT GROUP DURATION OF
ASSISTANCE
DISADVANTAGED PERSONS
1 Any person of age 24 and over who has been unemployed/inactive for the previous 6 months. 52 weeks
2 Any unemployed person of age between 15 to 24 who previously participated and completed the Youth Guarantee / Work Exposure / Traineeship Scheme and is recruited for the first-time following completion of such initiatives. 52 weeks
3 Any person who is living as a single adult who has one or more dependants and is not in full-time employment. 52 weeks
4 Any person of age 24 and over who has not attained an upper secondary educational or vocational qualification (ISCED 3), who does not have a job. 52 weeks
5 Any person older than 50 years who does not have a job. 52 weeks
SEVERELY DISADVANTAGED PERSONS
6 Any person who has been unemployed / inactive for the previous 12 months during which he/she has not benefited from a traineeship with the Undertaking and who belongs to one of the categories (3) to (5). 104 weeks
7 Any person of age 24 and over who has been unemployed / inactive for the previous 24 months during which he/she has not benefited from a traineeship with the Undertaking. 104 weeks
DISADVANTAGED PERSONS
8 Any person who is a registered disabled person under national law. 156 weeks


Call 3.1 – From January 2021 onwards

While Employers applying for the A2E Scheme from January 2021 onwards will be eligible to receive a subsidy of €104.50* per week per new recruit engaged, for a period of 52 weeks or 1041 weeks, depending on the target group. In the case of registered disabled persons, a subsidy of €156.50* per week for a maximum of 1562 weeks is provided.



1st Call
From June 2015 - December 2019

Employers who applied for the A2E Scheme between June 2015 and December 2019 are eligible to receive a subsidy of €85 per week per new recruit engaged, for a period of 26 weeks, 52 weeks or 104 weeks, depending on the target group.


In the case of registered disabled persons, a subsidy of €125 per week for a maximum of 156 weeks is provided.

2nd Call
From January 2020 - September 2020

Employers who applied for the A2E Scheme between January 2020 and September 2020 are eligible to receive a subsidy of €104 per week per new recruit engaged, for a period of 26 weeks, 52 weeks or 104 weeks, depending on the target group.


In the case of registered disabled persons, a subsidy of €155 per week for a maximum of 156 weeks is provided.

3rd Call
From October 2020 - December 2020

Employers who applied for the A2E Scheme between October 2020 and December 2020 are eligible to receive a subsidy of €104* per week per new recruit engaged, for a period of 52 weeks or 104 weeks, depending on the target group.


In the case of registered disabled persons, a subsidy of €155* per week for a maximum of 156 weeks is provided.



*Each year the subsidy will increase depending on the C.O.L.A.  

1 For 104 weeks grant agreements the last full agreement will be signed in October 2021. As from October 2021 the subsidy period may be reduced (the retention period will also be reduced pro rata) considering that the scheme will have to come to an end by September 2023.

2 For 156 weeks grant agreements the last full subsidy period will be signed in October 2020. As from October 2020 the subsidy period may be reduced (the retention period will also be reduced pro rata) considering that the scheme will have to come to an end by September 2023.

Application Process

Complete dated applications, together with all supporting documentation (if any) must be submitted in full. Applications are to be submitted electronically on a2e.jobsplus@gov.mt.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application form can be downloaded from https://jobsplus.gov.mt/a2e/a2eforms

Complete applications must be submitted by the end of August 2022 and recruitment must take place by end September 2022.