Training Subsidy Scheme


 
TRAINING SUBSIDY SCHEME (TSS)
ESF2.201 – Enhancing Employability through Training (EET)
 

Please note that the TSS is currently closed.

 

 
Objective
The Training Subsidy Scheme, part of the ESF 2.201 project ‘Enhancing Employability through Training’ aims to assist individuals to develop their skills by participating in further off-the-job vocational 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.
 
Eligibility
To be able to participate in the Training Subsidy Scheme, applicant needs to satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
-          Self employed individuals
-          Individuals in full-time employment in Micro Enterprises (organisations employing 10 people or less).
-          Individuals over 40 years irrespective of their employment status
-          Unemployed individuals seeking employment
-          Individuals earning less than €10,000 (Gross) per year.
-          Individuals employed with Local councils or NGOs
-          Individuals employed in vulnerable sectors.
 
Training
Prospective participants may apply for any Training Programme as long as the following criteria are met:
1.       Training Programme is not offered by ETC
2.       Training must be of a general nature, leading to the acquisition of transferable vocational skills.
3.       Training Programme leads to a valid certification as recognised by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC)
4.       Institution delivering the training has to be licensed by the NCFHE.
It is expected that training provided will either enhance participants’ current situation, or widens and improves his / her future opportunities. 
Training courses offered by the company employing the applicant would not be eligible.
 
Grant
Grant shall be equivalent to 75% of the direct training cost excluding VAT but will not exceed the maximum amount of €1000. 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 official receipt of payment together with a certified true copy of the certificate and/or transcript denoting successful completion issued by the Educational and Training Institution.
Training costs shall mean Tuition fees, Registration fees and Examination fees paid by the applicant. The training costs do not cater for the acquisition of equipment, including text-books and other materials, even if this is necessary for the individual to undertake the programme
Applicants may apply more than once for subsidy for different programmes, up to a maximum aggregate amount of €1,000 (ONE THOUSAND EURO) for the duration of this Training Subsidy Scheme (till allocated funds are utilised and in cases where the end date of the Training Programme is not later than 31st December 2014.)     
 
Application Forms
Interested applicants are invited to apply using the appropriate application forms which are available from the TSS Unit within the ETC Training Centre. They can also be downloaded via this link.
 
Applicants shall submit their written application at least two weeks prior to the commencement date of the training programme. Applications may be submitted personally by hand between 08:00hrs. and 12:00hrs, at the TSS Unit of the Employment and Training Corporation, Hal Far, or through registered mail, along with the following:
-          Course prospectus, inclusive of timeframes and tuition fees clearly indicating the VAT element involved.
-          Certified copy of MQRIC evaluation report or other supporting documentation clearly indicating the Level Rating as issued by MQRIC for the course being applied for.
-          Supporting documentation demonstrating that the Training Institution is licensed by the NCFHE.
-          Copy of ID Card (both sides)
on or after the 14th October, 2013. All applicants are to request an acknowledgement for receipt of application from the receiving office. Formal confirmation of the grant to successful applicants will only be issued if the applicant provides all necessary documentation.
Applications for programmes commencing prior to the launch of the scheme, i.e. 14th October, 2013, will not be deemed as eligible for a grant.
 
The TSS Scheme is co-funded under the ESF Operational Programme II of 2007-2013. Preferably, funds are to be claimed by the end of December, 2014. In those cases where documented justified reasons are presented, the TSS Unit may extend the claim period up to March, 2015. Any such requests are to be submitted to the TSS Unit in writing by the 20th December, 2014 at noon.
 
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.
 
ETC 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 TSS or TSSA  Grants.