Training Pays Scheme

ESF.01.001 – Training for Employment


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 training.

The scheme offers assistance in the form of a refund to aid participants with costs relating to training. This refund will be awarded to the individual (trainee) after successful completion of his/her training.

January 2023 Announcement

Jobsplus is pleased to announce that due to popular demand, the Training Pays Scheme has been extended until Monday 31st July 2023 (subject to availability of funds)

Eligibility and General Rules

The Scheme is open to individuals who meet the following requirements:

  • Chosen training course must be enlisted on our Catalogue.
  • Applications must be submitted by the last day of training (which does not include exams, assignments, and placements).
  • The training course (including submission of assignments, completion of placements and assessments) must be completed until 31st July 2023.
  • At the time of submitting the application, interested individuals should be aged between 15 and 64 years.
    For the age bracket 15-24 years, applicants should have completed compulsory education and cannot be participating in another Jobsplus’ scheme.
  • In the case of third-country nationals, a valid residence permit covering the entire duration of training is required.
  • Persons whose primary employment is on a self-employed basis may not apply.
    Should a person have more than one part-time job (one of which being self-employment), the employment which is covered by Social Security will be deemed as the primary employment.
  • For CELTA or TEFL courses, applicants must not have been employed as teachers with an English Language School during the period of training.
  • Individuals cannot be employed with the Training Service Provider. Minimum cost of training (excluding VAT) is €100.
  • Eligible training costs include Tuition fees, Training Material, Registration fees and Examination fees.
  • 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.
  • Training Service Providers will be allowed to update their training programme titles and fees from year to year, however any changes to the training content must be received through a new application that will be evaluated in line with the scheme’s eligibility criteria. Any revision will be applicable to new training applications received after Jobsplus’ approval.

Training and Refund

For this scheme, Jobsplus has created a catalogue so that individuals may access the list of training programmes that qualify under this scheme. Following are the eligibility criteria and the refund computation:

Training Programme

  1. Must not be offered by Jobsplus
  2. Must be provided by a local Training Service Provider that is:
    1. licensed by MFHEA (although exceptions may apply in accordance to SL. 327.433 – Further & Higher Education (Licensing, Accreditation & Quality Assurance) Regulations) OR
    2. an equivalent body (applicable only for non-accredited courses related to aviation, maritime and ICT)
  3. Must be:
    1. Accredited and pegged: up to MQF level 5 (full qualification or award are eligible) OR Awards at MQF levels 6 and 7 OR
    2. non-accredited but industry specific courses related to Aviation, Maritime and ICT sectors.

In accordance to Referencing Report (2016) issued by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) following is the definition for an Award at MQF level 6 and 7:

Award at MQF Level 6 has less than 180 credits
Award at MQF Level 7 has less than 30 credits

For a full certification course which includes single modules/exit points, trainees can EITHER apply for the said modules/exit points, OR for the full certification in order to benefit from funding under the Training Pays Scheme.

Refund Computation

Refund is based on 75% of the cost of training capped at €5,000. 

If you offer training programmes that fit within the above description, kindly login with your e-ID or website account and fill in your application electronically by means of the Course Management function.  For further feedback on how to fill in the form, kindly click here

If Jobsplus notices drastic increases in training costs, it reserves the right to refuse such a request and cap the grant capping to the formerly approved price.

Kindly be reminded that it is your responsibility to keep Jobsplus updated on any changes related to your training programmes as found on the Jobsplus catalogue. Should you fail to inform Jobsplus of any changes to your licensing conditions or changes to your training programmes, you will be held liable for any irregularities that will be imposed on Jobsplus.

Contact us

Generic telephone number: 22201610

Generic email address:

Changes to scheme’s eligibility criteria entered into effect on 02/01/2023