Professional Qualification in the Urban Productive Inclusion Strategy of Plano Brasil Sem Miséria

The majority of poor working-age Brazilians are economically active. However, as their ties to the labour market tend to be weak, they have low and unstable earnings. This is largely due to their low level of formal education and lack of access to vocational training. The Brasil sem Miséria plan, whose priority is the fight against extreme poverty, has put forward a productive inclusion strategy that has brought new perspectives to these individuals.

In urban areas the flagship initiative is the Programa Nacional de Ensino Técnico e Emprego (Pronatec — National Programme for Access to Technical Education and Employment), which offers free high-quality training courses, recognised by the Ministry of Education and by the market, taught at employer-supported or public vocational schools.