For those seeking to delve more into what Malta can offer in terms of career development, this page should be your starting point towards your development and growth in Malta.
The Traineeship Scheme is intended to provide jobseekers with initial vocational training (pre-employment training) that will help individuals obtain the knowledge, skills and competence required to find and retain employment. Traineeships are based on the dual system of vocational training providing a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job training. The programmes offered are labour market driven, whereby the job preferences of the jobseekers are matched with the requests made by employers participating in the scheme. The duration of a traineeship is determined by the content of the theoretical programme and the hands on training required to meet the objectives.
The duration of a traineeship varies between 10 to 26 weeks, on an average of 40 hours/week. The theoretical tuition will be delivered by Jobsplus at its training complex and/or by any other approved entity whilst the on-the-job training will take place at the employer’s premises with whom the trainee is placed. The classroom training programmes are recognised by the NCFHE and pegged at respective levels with the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF). In turn their classification level obtained depends upon the area of study. Participants are paid a training allowance throughout the traineeships, which is calculated on the national minimum wage.
It is important that cross-fertilisation of knowledge between business and academia is supported. Nurturing a researcher pool with awareness, expertise and experience in both camps is therefore an important objective which benefits both the individual’s career path as well as further industry development.
Today, the country has a thriving and profitable industrial sector comprising 23% of GDP and one in every five jobs. Malta has welcomed many companies from a wide range of sectors including light and heavy engineering, electronic components and assembly, plastics, pharmaceuticals, software and textiles. Because of the high English and Italian literacy, Maltese banks are becoming popular to provide offshore banking services.
Investors have realised that although there are cheaper foreign direct investment locations, Malta has definite advantages in terms of quality, rapid product turnover, short but specialised production runs, product development and sales and marketing into Europe and North Africa.
- The services industry continues to confirm its importance as a job generator with gambling, accountancy and professional activities driving up demand.
- Figures show that employment in the entertainment and arts sector increased by a whopping 26 per cent, driven mainly by jobs in the gambling and betting industry.
- Professional activities, including legal and accounting services witnessed a job growth of 10 per cent in March 2016 when compared to the same period a year earlier. In the support services category, growth was driven by new jobs created in the security business.
- Despite the building industry booming, full-time employment in the construction sector flat-lined, registering a slight decrease in March 2016.
- Manufacturing, a mainstay for employment with 20,620 jobs in March 2016, continued its downward trend, shedding 128 jobs.
Jobsplus in collaboration with the private sector is assisting long-term unemployed individuals to re-enter into the labour market. The Work Programme Initiative’s (WPI) main objective is that of re-integration the long-term unemployed into the labour market. This initiative consists of three phases: profiling, training and job placements. If any participant is not placed in employment for at least 6 out of 24 months from the date of the signing of the WPI contract, s/he is referred back to Jobsplus.
Jobsplus’ Childcare Subsidy Scheme offers an incentive for individuals with parental responsibilities to attend training courses organised by Jobsplus in order to improve their prospects of employment and integration into the labour market. A subsidy of €1.50 per hour on childcare services availed of during the period of training is offered by Jobsplus. The amount of hours eligible for subsidisation include the duration of the training course as well as two extra hours (allocated one hour before and one hour after the course to cater for commuting). In all cases, the subsidy shall only apply for the days and times during which a parent/guardian is attending for a Jobsplus training course.
This scheme is designed to support the client in the transition period from unemployment to employment. It allows the employer to evaluate the performance of the client in the workplace, prior to proper engagement. The employer and Jobsplus enter into an agreement regarding the work exposure period, whereby the client is placed on the scheme with the prospect of employment. For the duration of the scheme, registered participants will be exempted from the weekly registration. Clients receive a weekly allowance of 80% of the minimum wage from Jobsplus while renouncing the rights to any social security benefits throughout the work exposure phase if the period exceeds twenty-eight weeks. Employers participating in this scheme are exempted from social security contributions, wages and sick leave benefits. Throughout this work exposure phase, the employer can benefit from the support of Jobsplus officials.
The Work Exposure Scheme is intended to facilitate transition into employment by providing jobseekers with initial hands on training that will help individuals obtain the knowledge, skills and competences required to find and retain employment. This scheme is designed to mirror contemporary labour market demand, whereby the job preferences of the jobseekers are matched with employers’ requests. The duration of the work exposure will be 12 weeks and a participant is to report to the place of work for an average of 20 hours/week. The on-the-job training will take place at the employer’s premises with whom the trainee is placed. Participants are paid a training allowance upon participation in the Work Exposure Scheme; this grant is calculated on the national minimum wage.
The Work Exposure Scheme forms part of the Training for Employment project, which may be considered for co-financing by the European Social Fund 2014-2020.
The Work Placement Scheme is aimed at providing training to participants following a course offered by Jobsplus, which includes a practical component. The Work Placement Scheme gives Jobsplus’ trainees the opportunity to acquire both theoretical and practical training. The duration of the Work Placement Scheme is of a maximum of 26 weeks, on an average of 30 hours/week. The on-the-job training will take place at the employer’s premises with whom the trainee is placed. The hours trainees have to perform is set by Jobsplus, although trainees are allowed a degree of attendance flexibility ranging approximately between 20 hours to 40 hours per week. The classroom training programmes are recognised by the NCFHE and pegged at respective levels with the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF). Participants are paid a training allowance, which is calculated on the national minimum wage.
The Work Placement Scheme forms part of the Training for Employment project, which may be considered for co-financing by the European Social Fund 2014-2020.
- Between now and 2025:
- Employment is forecast be fairly stable, close to or slightly above its current level.
- Most employment growth will be in business and other services.
- Most job opportunities, around 26%, will be for professionals (mainly business and other professionals).
- Around 39% of the labour force will have high-level qualifications, compared to 28% in 2013.