The Vocational Training Centre of the Metal Industry (CENFIM) coordinated and concluded in 2017 LearnIT: learning tools and routes for individual training. This Erasmus+ project was launched two years ago and was a partnership between Portugal, Germany, Spain and Finland.
High professional technical programmes (cursos técnicos superiores profissionais, CTSP) are higher education short-term training programmes (Portaria –Ordinance- nº 782/2009, de 23 de Julho). They offer students the basis for developing professional or vocational activity, and may also lead to higher level studies. These programmes have the advantage of offering learners the possibility of entering the labour market immediately after graduation, which leads to an increase in their employability.
The President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, participated in the 7th Congress of the National Association of Professional Schools (ANESPO) in July 2017. He committed Portugal to making increased investment in vocational education, raising the number of VET learners and reducing early school leaving rates.
The Centre for the Professional Training of the Textile, Apparel, Clothing and Wool Industry (Modatex, formerly known as Citex) is a point of reference for fashion designers in Portugal and the place where many Portuguese designers are trained.
The Certification system for training providers is regulated by Portaria (Ordinance) nº 851/2010 that was amended by Portaria (Ordinance) nº 208/2013. The General Directorate for Employment and Industrial Relations (DGERT) of the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, has the responsibility for quality certification of training providers.
In October 2017, the WorldSkills Event took place in Abu Dhabi. It is held every two years and is the biggest vocational education and professional qualification competition in the world. Portugal was represented by 17 highly qualified young learners.
The Portuguese Government is currently focused on ensuring the continuity of its lifelong learning policies and upgrading the quality of learning processes and outcomes. Having adult education and training as a central pillar of the qualifications system is a national priority.
Portugal has designed an integrated strategy that aims at identifying and supporting NEETs (young people not in employment, education or training) who are not registered in the public employment service. In doing this, the government had the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Apprenticeship programmes are a distinctive characteristic of quality in vocational education and training. This is the view of the Institute for Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP, Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional) which organised the conference Valuing apprenticeship on 9 November 2016, in Ovar at the facilities of Toyota Caetano Portugal, S.A
Lifelong learning (LLL) should play a role in sustainable development. That was the common view of different VET interests at the second meeting of the LLL week (Encontro da II Semana Aprender ao Longo da Vida) I, held on November 18, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon.