Traineeship Programme

Aim of the traineeship
Who can apply?
How to apply?
Selection procedure
Traineeship grant
More information


Related documents


Aim of the traineeship

The traineeship programme, offered by the Agency, aims to attract strongly motivated, highly qualified and competent applicants while treating them in a professional manner, so that both parties can benefit from the programme. An official traineeship programme creates a pool of people with first-hand experience trained in the European Union and the Agency’s specific procedures, who will be better prepared to collaborate with the Agency in the future.

In exchange, trainees can acquire technical and operational experience through their everyday work in the Agency and are able to put into practice the technical knowledge they have acquired during their studies or professional careers.

A traineeship at the Agency is an opportunity to receive professional work experience in a distinctly multinational and intellectually stimulating environment, while contributing to the Agency's mission in assisting national regulatory authorities (NRAs) to perform their duties at EU level and to coordinate their actions whenever necessary.


Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at young university graduates, nationals of a Member State of the European Union, who have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma, when the normal period of university education is three years or more by the beginning of the traineeship. Candidates for a traineeship are required to have a very good knowledge of at least two Community languages, whereas one language should be English (level C2 according to the Language levels of the Common European Framework of Reference).

Traineeships last for a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months and may be extended once to a subsequent period of up to six months.

Applications will not be accepted from applicants who, for more than 6 weeks:

  • Have already benefited or benefit from any kind of traineeship within any of the
    European institutions or bodies; or
  • Have had or have any kind of employment within a European institution or body.

Traineeships may be offered in the Gas Department, Electricity Department, Market Monitoring Department, Director’s Office and Administration Department. Please consult the Current vacancies section for the traineeships which are currently available.


How to apply?

ACER publishes traineeship programmes twice per year:
Autumn call
Spring call
Publication of call
Start of traineeship


Interested candidates are invited to complete the Application Form for the open traineeship programme and send it to:


Selection procedure

A list of eligible and suitable applicants whose applications, and in particular, educational background, qualifications, competences, motivations and preferences suit best the identified needs in accordance with the established and available places.

Prior to the final selection decision, applicants may be contacted to vertify their availability, suitability, linguistic knowledge, as well as to discuss reciprocal expectations.

Finally, the Agency’s Director selects the trainees based on the list of suitable applicants and on the number of places available. All candidates are informed in writing about the outcomes of the selection procedure. Selected candidates receive all necessary information concerning the traineeship.


Traineeship grant

Trainees not receiving a salary, scholarship or other form of financial support shall be awarded a monthly grant during the traineeship period in the amount of 500 EUR. In addition to the monthly grant, trainees may be paid the following contributions:

A. Expatriation allowance: contribution towards the costs caused by taking up duties, if the following criteria are met:

  • trainees are not or have never been nationals of Slovenia and, during the five years ending six months before the start of the traineeship, did not habitually reside or carry their main occupation in Slovenia, and
  • trainees provide evidence of incurring accommodation costs as a result of change of their place of residence to participate in their traineeship programme.

B. Travel allowance: Trainees who have completed at least a 3 months’ traineeship may receive a travel allowance. The travel allowance is paid at the end of the traineeship for travel from the place of residence to Ljubljana and back. The trainees whose place of recruitment is less than 200km from Ljubljana are not entitled to a travel allowance.

C. Public transport contribution: Trainees may be entitled to a monthly pass for public transport within Ljubljana.


More information could be found in the FAQs and our traineeship rules. 


More information

For detailed information about the eligibility criteria as well as the rights and duties of the trainees please consult our traineeship rules and FAQs. Candidates for a traineeship shall read them carefully before submitting an application.



If you have questions that are not covered by the information provided on our website, please send an e-mail to: