The Training Pays Scheme, forms part of the ESF.01.001 – Training for Employment Project and it aims to assist individuals to develop and/or improve their skills by participating in further off-the-job education and training.
The scheme offers assistance in the form of a training grant to aid participants with costs relating to training. This grant will be awarded to the individual (trainee) after successful completion of their training.
The Scheme is open to applicants of working age population 16 to 64 years as per applicable law. In the case of persons aged between 16 and 24, they must not be participating under the Youth Guarantee NEET Activation Scheme II.
Prospective participants may apply for any Training Programme as long as the course is:
- not offered by Jobsplus;
- offered by a licensed Training Institution (provider must be licensed by NCFHE*);
- pegged between MQF level 1 to 5.
*exceptions may apply in accordance to SL. 327.433 – Further & Higher Education (Licensing, Accreditation & Quality Assurance) Regulations
Other General Rules
- Applications must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the course start date.
- Minimum cost of training (excluding VAT) is €100.
Training courses offered by the company employing the applicant would not be eligible. Only full qualifications and awards can be accepted. Claims for a module which forms part of a qualification or award cannot be accepted.
Grant shall be equivalent to 75% of the direct training cost excluding VAT but will not exceed the maximum amount of €1,000. The minimum threshold for an application to be accepted will be set at €100. Grant will be reimbursed directly to the participant after successful completion of training and upon presentation of an invoice and an official receipt of payment together with a copy of the certificate and/or transcript denoting successful completion issued by the Training Institution.
Training costs shall mean Tuition fees, Training Material, Registration fees and Examination fees paid by the applicant. Non-eligible costs include seminars or conferences, online courses (that are delivered by unlicensed Training Institutions and do not lead to an accredited certification) and SEC / MATSEC examinations. In circumstances such as the CELTA or TEFL Courses, persons who are already employed as teachers or have a related teaching occupation with an English Language School may not apply for funds under the Training Pays Scheme.
It is important that payment of registration fees, administration fees, early booking fees or similar costs, invoices and receipts must be dated after the Training Pays application date.
The maximum allowable grant for any applicant in one calendar year (from January to December) will be capped at €1,000 (One thousand Euro). Applications will remain open until the 30th March 2020 subject to availability of funds. End of course date shall not exceed the 30th June 2020. Applications for Subsidy will be approved on a first come first served basis.
For an individual to claim assistance under this Scheme, s/he must not benefit or claim the same training cost in part or in full from any other source (ESF or national funds). Should an individual be found claiming such funds from other sources, s/he will automatically be ineligible for the Training Pays Scheme grant. Under those circumstances where a payment would have already been effected, Jobsplus reserves the right to seek refund.
Application FormsInterested applicants are invited to apply using the appropriate application form which is available: online, from the TPS Unit within Jobsplus Training Complex or Jobsplus Job Centres.
The fully filled in and originally signed application form together with all documentation must be presented to Jobsplus at least two weeks prior the course start date.
Applications may be submitted by hand between 08:30hrs and 12:30hrs at Jobsplus TPS Unit, Training Complex Hal Far or at any Jobsplus Job Centre. Applications may also be sent by registered mail along with the following documents:
- Quotation or cost of training
- Training programme (syllabus or outline)
- Training Schedule
- MQRIC letter of recognition (where applicable)
Formal confirmation of the grant to successful applicants will only be issued if the applicant provides all necessary documentation and is confirmed eligible by Jobsplus’ Evaluation Committee. When evaluating applications Jobsplus reserves the right to request additional information or documentation. The Corporation may also seek further guidance from the relevant Authorities.
Applications for programmes commencing prior to the launch of the scheme, i.e. 28th March 2017, will not be deemed as eligible for the grant.
The TPS Scheme is part-financed under the ESF Operational Programme II of 2014-2020. Preferably, funds for eligible applications are to be claimed by the 30th October 2020.
Application form may be found below:
Financial Identification Form may be found below:
Telephone of person responsible: 22201616
Email address of person responsible: firstname.lastname@example.org
Generic telephone number: 22201610
Generic email address: email@example.com
Jobsplus notifies that no authorisation has been given to any third-parties to advertise any course / programme on its behalf, and neither authorised third parties to publicise any course / programme of study as in any way eligible for TPS Grants.
Changes to scheme’s eligibility criteria entered into effect on 06/05/2019.