Jobs and Traineeships

What are Jobs and Traineeships?

Traineeships and jobs provide young people with opportunities for work practice or employment, helping them to enhance their skills and experience thus facilitating their employability and transition into the labour market.


Full-time employment of between 3 to 12 months remunerated by the organisation employing the participant.

Jobs shall include a learning and training component and be based on a written employment contract, which respects all the terms and conditions of employment as defined in national law or applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the job is being carried out.

Jobs can take place either in a country other than the country of residence of the participant (cross-border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in-country).


Full time work practice of between 2 to 6 months remunerated by the organisation responsible for the traineeship of the participant.

Traineeship shall include a learning and training component, to help the participant gain relevant experience and develop competences useful for the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development.

It should be based on a written traineeship agreement concluded at the beginning of the traineeship in accordance with the applicable regulatory framework of the country where the traineeship takes place.

Traineeship must not substitute jobs and should be clearly separated from voluntary activities, both from a financial and organisational point of the view.

Traineeship can take place either in a country than the country of residence of the participant (cross-border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in-country).

How to take part?

Organisations from an EU Member State and holding a Quality Label for the occupational stand can apply to the National Agency of their country.

Venue of the project

Cross-border or in-country

Project Duration

From 6 to 24 months

How does it work?

Projects will typically consist of the following stages;

  • Preparation (including practical arrangements, selection of participants, set up of agreements with partners and participants, linguistic/intercultural/task-related preparation of participants before departure)
  • Implementation of activities
  • Follow-up (including the evaluation of the activities, the formal recognition of the learning outcomes of participants during the activity, the issue of the certificate of participation as well as the dissemination and use of the project’s outcomes.)

There is no minimum requirement regarding the number of organisations involved in a project. A single organisation holding a Quality Label can submit an application.

The applicant organisation can deliver the project by itself or in cooperation with associated partners, which are not required to have a Quality Label. The applicant is accountable for the entire project but can delegate responsibilities to associated partners.

What is supported?

Travel Costs – Contribution to the travel costs of participants from their place of origin to the venue of the activity and return

Organisational Support (Activity Costs, Project Management Costs)

Relocation Allowance Contribution to additional personal expenses for participants for maximum 180 days. 

Linguistic Support – Costs linked to the support offered to the participants – only available when the organisation carries out the activities in Maltese. If the activities are going to be carried out in English, then the Commission provided  Online Linguistic Support

Inclusion Support – Costs direclty linked to the implementation of traineeships or job activities involving young people with fewer opportunities

Exceptional Costs –Costs for financial support for expensive travel costs, visa and visa related costs, residence permits, vaccinations medical certifications, recognition of academic and/or professional qualifications, costs to support participation of young people with fewer opportunities or with special needs on equal terms as others not covered by any other unit cost budget category.

Complementary Activity CostsCosts directly linked to the implementation of the complementary activities of the projects or indirect costs: a flat-rate amount, not exceeding 7% of the eligible direct costs of the complementary activities