response to the Lisbon challenges, the Portuguese Government has committed
itself to innovation and the qualification of people, companies, institutions
and territories. This response is set out in the National Action Programme
for Growth and Employment 2005-2008 (PNACE 2005-2008), which was drawn
up in direct articulation with the Technological Plan; the PNACE 2005-2008
is included in this as its pillar for growth and competitiveness.
Technological Plan is a qualification programme of the Portuguese society
as a whole. It defines a strategy based on three lines of action - knowledge,
technology and innovation - complemented by measures of transversal action
in institutions and the business environment, in networks and partnerships
and in financing systems which favour the creation of value and the change
in the competitive profile of the Portuguese economy.
activities, according to the ERO Base, are mainly centred on the following
themes: equal opportunities; training needs diagnosis; skills development;
e-learning/ICT; social integration and learning regions.
major institutions that coordinate the policies in VET/HRD research are
the ministries of Science, Innovation and Higher Education; Education;
Labour and Social Solidarity, Economy and Innovation.
funding of VET/HRD research is mainly provided by public sources and by