Modular Training for the unemployed without upper-secondary qualification

Short summary

The Courses are a professional qualification that aims:

  • Adjustment between Personal Employment Plans and the potential and individual needs of each applicant, to improve their employability.
  • Enhance unemployed return to the market, through quick integration into short-term training, enabling them to acquire relevant skills or enhance skills already held, enabling the qualification path.

Context of good practice

EDUGEP started, in November 2018, a project that aims to develop a set of actions that promotes the inclusion of publics that are longer limited to the labour market and that are holders of low qualifications, which are undergoing demotivation and loss of skills that make it difficult to participate in working life and self-integration into employment measures for the unemployed, in particular in sustained professional qualification processes, enhancing a more famous and sustained return to the labour market.

Main characteristics of the challenge, description of the target group

According to Article 96 of the Specific Regulation, the actions provided for in point 3 of this notice are addressed to unemployed persons who are furthest from (re) entry into the labour market, meaning long-term unemployed (LTU) and non-LTU unemployed, with lower than upper secondary education.

Success factors and processes

Step-by-step description of main activities from beginning to end, and conclusions:

1. Preparation: identifying the problem and outlining resolution (necessary tools, etc.) 

The target audience is identified by entities that have their respective registration as the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training as the Parish Councils.

2. Description of main activities; the approach used (necessary tools, timeframe, etc.)

See tables I and II.

Table I. - Project General Data

Table II. - Data by project area 

3. Useful competencies of a problem-solving team to reach main aim (necessary tools, etc.)

See beneath "Resources Needed"

4. What is the estimated timeframe of implementation? Is this a quick solution or a long-term investment? When is it recommended to be carried out?

Each action lasts between 25 to 50 hours.

5. How is this a systems change? 

It is a system change in the way that is developed within national and European policy.

Impact of measures taken

Beneath, in Table I, we can see the amount of money approved to be spent in the implementation of the actions, the number of hours, the trainees involved and the Certification rate, which is impressive over than 90%. 

Table I. - Project General Data

Table II shows what was already done and what remains to be done in a near future. 

Table II. - Data by project area 

Lessons learned

In spite of being a good program, it isn't 100% successful.

Resources needed

To date, this project was implemented by a group of 15 trainers with the highest skills in their respective areas to deliver training, and some trainers have cross-cutting skills and have provided training in more than one training area, such as Computer Sciences (5),Health (9),and Protection of People and Property (2).

Funds – see table I and II.

Table I. - Project General Data

Table II. - Data by project area 

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Target group of good practice:

School leaders & Teacher educators




António Gonçalves (head of institution)



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