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Work Based Learning Act

Call for views on the on the proposed Work-Based Learning Act



This consultation closes on the 10 December 2016


Consultation Document


Download the Work-Based Learning Consultation Document​​


The Ministry of Education and Employment has embarked on an internal and external consultation process to develop the proposed Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship Act to provide a framework for the development of effective Work-Placements, Apprenticeships and Internships. 


The proposed Act is based on:


1.       Research conducted by CEDEFOP with local learners, educators and employers;

2.       A review of international legislation on traineeships; 

3.       Benchmarking of best practices within countries leading in the field of vocational training.



The main developments brought about by the proposed Act are:


  • Introduction of minimum wage for work-based learning and a government subsidy for the trainee income to reach minimum wage from its current level;
  • Trainees will have the rights and obligations of employees for the duration of the Work-Based Learning part of the Training Programme according to the Employment and Industrial Relations Act, Young Persons’ Employment Regulations, Social Security Act and the respective subsidiary legislation.
  • Governance structure to protect the rights and obligations of trainees and employers.​


Ways to respond


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Write to:


WBL Consultation Office

Office of the Permanent Secretary 

Ministry for Education and Employment

Great Siege Road

Floriana VLT 2000​




12 November 2016



Ministry for Education and Employment