The legal framework for apprenticeship in the 80s and 90s:
- Decreto-Lei (Decree Law) no. 338/85, de 21 de agosto introduced amendments to Decreto-Lei (Decree-Law) nº. 102/84, de 29 de março, which established the legal subject of vocational training in the apprenticeship system.
- Decreto-Lei (Decree-Law) n.º 436/88, de 23 de novembro revised the legal regime of apprenticeship, approved by the Decreto-Lei (Decree-Law) nº. 102/84, de 29 de março.
- Decreto-Lei n.º 383/91, de 9 de outubro established the principles with which pre-apprenticeship programmes must comply
- Decreto-Lei (Decree-Law) n.º 205/96, de 25 de outubro approved the new legal regime to the apprenticeship system.
The labour and education ministries approved and published the legislation to each professional area of apprenticeship by Portarias (Ordinances). These ordinances are the result of a broad consensus with the social partners, enterprises, professional and sectorial associations.