The Training Pays Scheme, forms part of the ESF.01.001 – Training for Employment Project and it aims to assist individuals to develop 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.
To be able to participate in the Training Pays Scheme, applicant needs to satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
- unemployed and inactive persons
- 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 (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: Associate Professionals and Technicians; Clerical Support Workers; Services and Sales Workers; Skilled Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Workers; Craft and Related Trades Workers; Plant and Machine Operators and Assemblers; and Elementary Occupations).
Applicants should be of working age population as per applicable law.
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.
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 and SEC / MATSEC examinations.
It is important that payment of registration fees, administration fees, early booking fees or similar costs, invoices and receipts must be dated after the submission date of the Training Pays application. Any payments that are made prior to the application form will not be considered as eligible.
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.
Interested applicants are invited to apply using the appropriate application form which is available either online (www.jobsplus.gov.mt), or from the TPS Unit within Jobsplus Training Complex.
Applicants shall submit their original application at least two weeks prior to the course start date. Applications may be submitted personally by hand between 08:00hrs and 12:00hrs, at the TPS Unit of the Jobsplus Training Complex Hal Far, or through 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)
- Copy of FS3 (applicable only for persons earning less than €12,500 gross/year)
If the information provided on the application form does not match the information we have on our databases, then Jobsplus reserves the right to ask for a copy of the ID card and/or passport so as to check the correctness of the information provided.
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.
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.
Applications for programmes of study which go beyond the eligibility period cannot be considered for funding; similarly applications will not be accepted once funds allocated for this initiative have been committed.
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:
List of ISCO Levels:
List of occupations and their corresponding ISCO Level may be found below:
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.