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Experience of the work place can arise in various ways. Here are the different types of placements which may be offered by host organisations and some important notes on each to help you understand the level of commitment you are willing to undertake. You will also find the documentation needed for each placement type.

Kindly take note of the guidelines provides for employment-type and non-employment-type placements. 

 

Placement Not employment. Typically part-time and a few weeks in duration. 

Unpaid or paid an allowance below minimum wage. Simple tasks may be undertaken.

Your presence is on a voluntary basis.

You may want to make use of the time sheet [DOC] to keep track of the time spent on the placement.

This may eligible for recognition on transcript through DegreePlus.

The host organisation must not make a commercial gain from the presence of the student.
Paid Placement Part-time Employment.  Varied duration, usually 2-3 months or more. 

Remunerated at minimum wage or above. Generally based on a project with mentorship to improve the student’s skills. More complex tasks may be undertaken and student is responsible for deliverables.

This is a contractual agreement for which you will be remunerated, and are responsible to adhere to the conditions of the contract.

You may want to make use of the time sheet [DOC] to keep track of the time spent on the placement. 

This may eligible for recognition on transcript through DegreePlus.

The host organisation may treat the student as an employee, with special attention to mentoring the student.
Summer Work
Employment. Varied duration, usually 2-3 months. May be full-time or part-time. Remunerated at minimum wage or above. Little training or mentoring.

Opportunities can be posted on this website.

This is a contractual agreement for which you will be remunerated, and are responsible to adhere to the conditions of the contract.

If through the summer work, the student gains skills, then this may eligible for recognition on transcript through DegreePlus

The host organisation may treat the student as an employee.

You may use the standard documents provided and are encouraged to write a reference letter for the student.

Opportunities Abroad

 

 

Traineeship in a company for 1-12 months. Grants and international infrastructure are available to support such placements.


Overseas opportunities are typically not posted on this website.

More details of the ERASMUS+ programme for students are available here.

For more information contact the International Office.

Internships are also promoted through international student organisations as the IAESTE scheme (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), and AIESEC (Association International des Etudiants de Science, Economie et Commerce). 

More details of the ERASMUS+ programme for enterprises are available here.  

Industrial Placement as Part of Course

(Not offered
as part of
DegreePlus)

Not employment. Varied duration. No remuneration. Placement offered in certain courses to complement core academic modules.  

 

Such opportunities cannot be posted on this website. 

This would be part of the course programme of studies.

Agreed tasks must be completed in order to obtain the number of ECTS credits tied to the placement. 

The host organisation contributes to the formal education of industrial practice of potential future employees.
 

Employment vs Non-Employment Type Placements

The host organisation is free to decide on whether they would like to remunerate the student, and if so how much. However, it is important to note that if remuneration is minimum wage or above, it is considered employment. In the case of employment, it is recommended that an engagement agreement is put in place.

If there is no remuneration, or it is less than minimum wage, for example an allowance, then the placement must not bear similarities to employment, as advised by the Department of Industrial and Employment Relations. More information on employment conditions is available on their website.

Below is a table which summarises the difference between employment and non-employment type placements. If you have any doubts, contact the Department of Industrial and Employment Relations.

 

Feature of Engagement Employment Type Non-Employment Type
Mentoring & Monitoring


Integration of student as an employee in the company is important. The host organisation should regularly monitor progress and provide mentoring on a case-by-case basis.  The focus of such a placement is the development of the student, therefore, emphasis on mentoring and training is essential.   
Content/Quality of the Placement The student must make a real contribution to the organisation though a certain level of responsibility and clear deliverables. The student may shadow and perform simple duties. There is a focus on training.

The student should not be used as an employee, i.e. for the company to make a commercial gain by asking the student to perform tasks in the organisation's normal operation.

Duration of Placement and Number of Hours Typically longer term, e.g. 2-3 months or more.
Typically shorter term, e.g. 2-6 weeks.

The number of hours may be agreed upon in advance, however, this is not as rigid as in employment. The student shall complete hours on a voluntary basis.

Working Hours

Defined by host organisation. 

Not to exceed 20hrs per week during the academic year.  

Defined by the host organisation, however, attendance should be flexible and at the discretion of the student.

Should not exceed more than 20hrs per week during the academic year. 

While the student has more flexibility, a minimum number of hours must still be completed in order to obtain recognition and the host organisation can choose to end the placement at their discretion.

Ideally, avoid shift work, public holidays, weekends.

Leave Normal entitlement according to law. Not applicable.
Commitment
Contractual.

A standard engagement agreement is provided through this scheme for optional use. A host organisation may use their own standard agreement.

The student and host organisation are encouraged to provide a Letter of Commitment to the other party. However, the student's attendance is voluntary.

A sample Letter of Commitment is provided through this scheme.

Disciplinary Proceedings & Insurance
The student must abide by the host organisation’s policies but remains subject to the University’s policies and regulations.

Automatic protection of the student by law, that wage including injury benefit will be covered. There is no obligation for private insurance coverage. In case insurance coverage exists, all employees should be automatically covered.

No liability for student and/or University.

The student is advised to abide by the host organisation’s policies and remains subject to the University’s policies and regulations.

In case of injury the student is only protected in the case that the host organisation is covered by third party insurance. If host organisation has private insurance cover, it may need to be extended to cover the student.

No liability for student and/or University.
Remuneration Payment pro rata of at least minimum wage.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all tax and N.I. contributions are paid and that the correct Jobsplus  and Inland Revenue Forms have been submitted to the authorities. 

Not applicable.

The information on this website serves as guidance to facilitate the process of engaging with students. It is the responsibility of the host organisation to ensure that the necessary legal obligations are observed.

Note that it shall be the responsibility of the student and/or host organisation to take up a medical insurance policy in order to cover medical and/or other associated expenses that may arise. The University of Malta, and its employees, shall not be held responsible for any claims, demands or actions that may arise out of the negligent acts or omissions of the student and/or host organisation.

The rights and obligations of the parties shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Laws of Malta and any dispute which shall not be resolved amicably between the parties shall be referred to arbitration in accordance with the provisions of the Arbitration Act, (Cap. 387, Laws of Malta).


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Last Updated: 6 February 2019

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