Title Type of instrument Type of entry Level of operation Relevance Year of implementation
Get Qualified

Upon successful completion of a course of studies leading to a certification, diploma, degree or post-graduate degree course, the student will benefit from a tax deduction hence recovering part of the costs incurred (fees). The maximum value of tax deduction is 70% of the eligible costs (up to the certain ceilings, defined for particular types of qualifications). The eligible qualifications include those approved as level 5 or higher by the Malta Qualification Framework and directly relevant to careers in one of the defined areas.

Tax incentive for individuals Single instrument National Key scheme 2013
Scholarships to employees

A tax deduction of EUR 5 800 is available to employers hiring persons within the age group between 45 and 65 years who have been unemployed for the previous 3 years. This deduction applies for the first 2 years of employment. A further tax deduction of training costs for such employees is also available.

Tax incentive for companies Single instrument National Key scheme
Training Aid Framework (TAF)

All kinds of companies including partnerships, self-employed persons, family businesses, associations or other bodies, whether vested with legal personality or not, can apply for the grant to cover their training expenses. The public co-funding share depends on a company size and ranges between 50% and 70% (preferential treatment is given to smaller entities).

Grant for companies Single instrument National Key scheme 2015
Training leave

In the public sector, individuals are entitled to time-off for both vocational training, as well as paid study leave to participate in courses meeting specific priority needs identified by the government. If workers are sitting for any examinations approved by the organisation, even when these examinations are directly related to the workers’ responsibilities at work, they are entitled to a maximum of six days paid study leave. A collective agreement for workers in non-professional and non-administrative posts stipulates that workers are granted paid study leave if taking part in courses approved by the company although following their completion of studies beneficiaries have to work for the company for a period of time as agreed previously.

Training leave Single instrument National Marginal scheme
Training Subsidy Scheme

Self-employed individuals, individuals in full-time employment in micro enterprises, people over 40 years irrespective of their employment status, the unemployed seeking employment, those earning less than EUR 10 000 per year as well as the employed at local councils or NGOs or in vulnerable sectors can apply for the grant. The eligible education and training activities include general training leading to the acquisition of transferable vocational skills. It is expected that training provided will either enhance a participants’ current situation, or widen and improve his/her future opportunities. The public co-funding share is 75% of education and training costs but the amount of the grant should not exceed EUR 1 000.

Grant for individuals Single instrument National Key scheme 2009
Youth Specialisation Studies Scheme

The scheme is aimed at supporting young people aged between 18 and 30 years old who wish to pursue their studies abroad or through distance learning in the fields of study not available in Malta. The State regulates and subsidises interest rate. The loans are provided by a partner bank. The repayment is income-contingent.

Loan Single instrument National Marginal scheme 1994