This short description contributes to better understanding of vocational education and training (VET) in Portugal, by providing insight into its distinctive features and highlighting system developments and current challenges.
VET in Portugal offers a wide range of programmes, flexible in type and duration. Promoting equal opportunities and supporting the integration of vulnerable groups are main features of the system. Some 40% of learners in secondary education undertake a VET programme.
The national qualifications system has reorganised VET into a single system in which programmes lead to a double certification. VET for adults is an integral part of the national qualification system, having education and training programmes for adults and recognition and validation of prior learning as key elements.
Responding to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Portugal has increased its focus on revitalising adult learning by supporting both the up- and reskilling of adults and the transition towards a digital economy.