European Social Fund

The ESF is the EU’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job.

The ESF will finance Malta’s Operational Programme ‘Investing in human capital to create more opportunities and prmote the wellbeing of society’ for the period 2014-2020. The primary objective of the ESF Operational Programme in Malta is that of achieving inclusive growth by fostering an economy which is conductive to economic, social and territorial cohesion in line with Malta’s targets under the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, particularly in terms of employment, social inclusion, education and capacity building.

The Programme aims to increase the employment levels of the different target groups across Malta’s socio-economic fabric. To achieve this goal, the following five Priority Axis have been identified:
(i) Investing in the employability and adaptability of human capital;
(ii) Towards a miore inclusive society;
(iii) Investing in people through education, training and lifelong learning;
(iv) Building the institutional administrative capacity;
(v) Technical assistance.

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Open Calls


European Social Fund - Investment in Human Capital

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Investing in Skills

This initiative, managed by Jobsplus, is intended to promote the training of persons actively participating in the Maltese Labour Market with the aim to increase productivity and enhance adaptability. It seeks to increase and/or improve the knowledge and skills of employed persons through funds granted by this scheme.


Eligible costs under this initiative may include external trainers’ costs and examination fees; trainers and trainees’ flight expenses directly related to the training project; and trainees’ personnel costs will be reimbursed if the external training occurs during the normal working hours of the trainees.


The Standard Rate of Unit Cost to be applied in INVESTING in SKILLS is € 25 per trainee per hour, subject to the cappings indicated in the Implementation and Guidance Notes.


Funds under this scheme will be allocated on a first come first served basis for training activities to be held between 19th April 2017 and 30th June 2020.


The co-financing rate for eligible costs will vary from 70% to 50% depending on the size and capacity of the undertaking applying for the grant.

family businesses, partnerships, associations or other body of persons

At least 3 weeks prior to training
(Open Rolling Call)