Youth Guarantee Scheme



Since January 2014, more than 14 million young people have entered Youth Guarantee schemes offered in EU countries, and around 9 million took up an offer of employment, education, traineeship or apprenticeship, the majority of which were offers of employment.

 - 'Communication from the Commission - The Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative three years on', October 2016.


The Youth Guarantee scheme (ESF.01.002 - Youth Guarantee 2.0) is an EU-funded project, developed for young people aged 15 to 25, and which consists of four education and employment related initiatives: the NEET Activation Scheme II, SEC Preventive Classes, MCAST Preventive Classes, and the ICT Summer Courses.

Based on preventive and assistive measures, each opportunity is designed to help young people continue their education, or increase their chances of finding satisfaction and success in the world of work.

Research Studies

Best practices for professionals working with young people in the Youth Guarantee Programme

The NEET Activation Scheme II provides young people (16 - 25 year-olds) who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) with personal/professional training, mentoring and constant support, thereby facilitating their transition from education to gainful employment, while consequently improving their employment prospects, quality of life and social integration.

The programme consists of two main phases: training and work exposure/further education.

In the first phase, every applicant receives approximately four weeks (80 hours) of training on soft skills modules and also industry based modules. A list of all the modules provided can be accessed here: List of Modules offered

During phase 2, a participant is offered one of two options:

  1. A work placement (maximum of 240 hours) with an employer based on the applicant’s skills and desires. This placement lasts approximately 12 weeks – 80 hours every 4 weeks.
  2. If the applicant desires to further their education level, they can choose a course from an accredited institution such as MCAST/ITS, and pursue a course there. In this case, we will also cover a maximum of 240 hours.

Each participant will be paid an allowance after both the training and the work exposure/further education phases based on their attendance rate.


The application and a copy of the ID card (front and back) can be sent by post to the address below:

Youth Guarantee Office
Room 20, Jobsplus Headoffice
Triq Birzebbuga,
Hal Far,

You can also contact us by phone on 2220 1136 or 2220 1161/2.

ICT Courses

Aged between 15 to 24 years and would like to start OR complete your ECDL standard modules or apply for other free IT courses?

Apply today for our FREE courses and get:

  • 60 hours of free training including free tests;
  • A gift voucher of 243 euros;
  • study online or in class (you choose).


MCAST Preventive Classes

Students under the age of 25 who fail one of the exams through Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 of their respective course at the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) are offered free preventive classes in a variety of Key Skills and Vocational Subjects during the summer period, in preparation for their final assessments the following September.

For general queries concerning the scheme and its initiatives, please contact the Youth Guarantee team by calling 2220 1136 or 2220 1161/2 or sending an email to [email protected]

Address:  Youth Guarantee Office
                 Room 20, Jobsplus Headoffice
                 Triq Birzebbuga,
                 Hal Far,


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