Internships, Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Internships, Traineeships and Apprenticeships


Internships, Traineeships and Apprenticeships


Internships, Traineeships and Apprenticeships in Malta


Internships and apprenticeships allow young people to gain skills and work experience while studying for a recognised qualification or after completing their studies.


Internships and/or apprenticeships are often offered for a limited period of time, during which the interns or apprentices divide their time between school and on-the-job training. In fact, internships/traineeships within education can be an optional or mandatory part of the curriculum of the graduation procedure.


An apprentice will typically have a contract with the company and will be compensated for his or her efforts. Such contract should entitle the intern and/or apprentice to be treated as an employee with the same rights and benefits of employees.


Contracts for internships/apprenticeships will also specify how and when the contract can be terminated. Such procedures must be followed by both the employer and the employee in order to avoid a breach of contract.


Locally, it is only persons who have attained school leaving age who are eligible to enrol for work placements, apprenticeships or internships.


Internships/traineeships in Malta must be notified to Jobsplus in accordance with the Jobsplus Internship/Traineeship Regulation. The regulation also holds that internships may range from just a few weeks up to a maximum duration of 12 months.


Similarly, the EU Parliament’s Charter on Internships and Apprenticeships establishes minimum standards to ensure that internships have educational value and do not replace regular jobs.

Our Services

At Empleo, we can help you to better understand matters pertaining to internships, traineeships and/or apprenticeship.


Some of our services in this area include the following:

  • Preparation / review of contracts formalising internships, traineeships and apprenticeships 
  • Contract negotiation 
  • Advice on legal status 
  • Advice on rights and obligations 
  • Review of workplace handbooks and policies and advice on implications on interns, trainees and apprentices 
  • Liaising with the DIER, Jobsplus and other competent authorities 


If you have any questions about your rights as an intern and/or apprentice, or if you believe you are being treated unfairly, you may get in touch with us here can help.


Dr. Mariella Baldacchino - Founder

Mariella graduated from the University of Malta with a doctorate in law in 2005. She completed a master’s degree in ‘European Private Law’ from the La Sapienza, University of Rome, and was admitted to the bar in Malta in 2006.

Mariella is a people person – and it is this attribute which has really characterised and shaped her career.

Over the years, she headed the legal departments of several corporate services firms. Due to her skillset, she was also entrusted with managing and overseeing operations and human resources, where she gained technical and practical experience in various corporate, commercial and employment matters.

Her practical hands-on experience and insight perfectly complement Mariella’s technical knowledge of employment law, thus placing her in an ideal position to understand and advise employers and employees alike on various matters that may arise at the workplace.
Mariella is passionate about employment law matters and provides her clients with the highest-quality legal service to achieve the best possible outcome and resolve any employment law related issues and concerns.

Dr. Bradley Gatt - Of Counsel

Bradley graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2005 and was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2006. He advises clients on various corporate, commercial, employment and regulatory matters, with particular focus on company and financial services law.

He has assisted clients in various corporate and commercial matters by providing company law advice and assisting in the implementation of corporate finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and similar transactions.

Bradley has also advised and assisted investment funds, fund managers and other investment services providers, banks and financial institutions, on various legal and regulatory matters relating to the setting up, authorisation and ongoing conduct of their activities in Malta.

His practice also covers general employment law matters. Bradley’s experience in company and financial services law enables him to focus on various corporate and regulatory aspects of employment relationships. In particular, he advises organisations on the implementation of employee share option and participation schemes, the implications of business transfers on employment relationships, as well as relations with senior employees.

Dr. Karl Sammut - Of Counsel

Karl graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2005 and was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2006.

Karl has gained considerable expertise in technology law and regularly assists clients in relation to intellectual property issues, commercial contracts and ways to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and privacy laws. Whilst such matters used to be only given incidental importance when dealing with employment matters, they are now widely acknowledged to be vital in all employment relationships. 

He is also regularly engaged by C-level executives to assist in negotiating employment contracts and settlement agreements.   

Karl advises across a multitude of industries including technology; marketing; adtech; financial services; gaming; esports; consumer products; and media and telecommunications.