ETC – Training Subsidy Scheme (TSS)

What is the Training Subsidy Scheme (TSS) ?

The Training Subsidy Scheme, part of the ESF Funded Employability Programme, aims to assist self-employed persons and persons employed in micro enterprises of 10 or less employees, to develop their skills by participating in further off-the-job vocational education and training.

The Training Subsidy Scheme offers assistance in the form of a training grant to aid participants with costs related to training. This grant will be awarded to the individuals after successful completion of their training.

Who is eligible for this scheme?

Training Subsidy Scheme is available for the self-employed and employees, who  have been employed for at least three (3) months, of micro enterprises of 10 or less employees. In both cases this must be the applicant’s primary employment.

A company is classified as a Micro Enterprise when it employs less than 10 employees and has an annual turnover not exceeding €2 million.

What Training Costs are Eligible?

The reimbursement will be of 75% of the direct training cost up to a maximum of €1,000. The costs involved for the acquisition of tools or equipment associated with the training and the costs to cover tests/examinations and/or registration fees for the final certification, will not qualify for reimbursement.

The individual may avail him/her self of this training grant either through one application or through a number of applications where the aggregate refunds will not exceed €1,000.00

How can I apply?

Persons wishing to participate in this Scheme are to personally inform the Training Subsidy Scheme Unit at ETC of their intention to undergo training. This MUST be done at least fifteen working days before the commencement of training. Applicants will be required to complete the relevant documentation for request of Training Subsidy Scheme grants and must include the following information:

  • A fully filled in Application Form and Diversity & Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.
  • Details and a copy of the training programme
  • Originals of receipts of payment together with the original Certificate of Achievement or attendance issued by the approved training provider for the training programme undertaken are to be presented to the Training Subsidy Scheme Unit within three months after the successful completion of the training programme. The duly filled in original trainee attendance sheet should also be submitted at this stage.

For more information please contact the TSS Unit on 21654940