This is available to young people aged 18 years or over who need to develop or reinforce existing knowledge and skills, particularly young people who are not in Education, Employment and Training (NEETs).
The Qualifica Centres are structures within the National System of Qualifications (Sistema Nacional de Qualificações). They replace the former Centres for Education and Vocational Qualification (Centros para a Qualificação Educacional e Profissional, CQEP). These structures assume an important role in the link between education, training and employment, from a lifelong learning perspective. Qualifica Centres support young people and adults in the identification of educational and training programmes that best fit their profile, while also considering the needs of businesses.
These centres collaborate in the definition of criteria for structuring a network of educational and training opportunities appropriate to local qualification needs; improve contact between schools and companies‘ training centres; monitor the progress of the young people's and adults' 'learning paths for insight into different qualification solutions and to benchmark the fulfilment of or deviation from the trajectories defined; collect information regarding the interaction between the learning outcomes of young people and adults and the labour market, in order to improve the quality of education and training system; and to develop the educational and occupational Recognition, Validation and Certification of Competencies processes for adults (Reconhecimento, Validação e Certificação de Competências, RVCC). The RVCC process includes three stages:
- recognition (of knowledge, know-how and skills of each applicant);
- validation (of skills through a standard assessment);
- certification of skills (formalised by issuing a certificate of basic education at level 1, 2 or 3 or a secondary education diploma, depending on the case).
- National funds
- European funds
- European Funds (ESF)
Joint action strategy between the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security (Ministério do Trabalho, Solidariedade e Segurança Social) and the Ministry of Education (Ministério da Educação).
Public employment services
National Agency for Qualification and Vocational Education (Agência Nacional para a Qualificação e o Ensino Profissional I.P., ANQEP); Institute for Employment and Vocational Training (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, IEFP).
Local employers, training entities, social networks, associations and services. Supported by OP Social Inclusion and Employment (Programa Operacional Inclusão Social e Emprego - POISE)
According to data from the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security (Ministério do Trabalho, Solidariedade e Segurança Social) there were more than 150,000 registrations in the network of 300 Qualifica Centres since their creation in August 2016 (Ordinance 232/2016 of 29 August).
The initial annual target in terms of registrations (145,000 per year, out of a total of 600,000 until 2020) was exceeded in the first year of implementation of the programme.
According to the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security (Ministério do Trabalho, Solidariedade e Segurança Social), the Qualifica Programme will advance the adults‘ participation rate in lifelong learning activities and ensure that at least half of the adult population completes secondary education until 2020.
The RVCC system gives adults the opportunity to recognise, validate and certify knowledge and competencies that they have acquired in different contexts over their life course. It provides acknowledgement of participants' skills and competencies that have been acquired in their professional and personal lives. It also facilitates the pursuit of further training.
The assessment report on the impact of RVCC shows that RVCC only has significant impact for unemployed people. This category has seen an increase in the likelihood of getting a job.