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Guidance System in Portugal – Introduction

Career guidance has a long tradition in Portugal, going back to the first decades of the XX th century. Currently guidance services are delivered by many players, in a wide variety of contexts, throughout the lifespan of clients.

Information, vocational and counseling services are mainly organized under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs.

The Psychology and Guidance Services in schools, the New Opportunities Centre’s, the Public Employment Services and other entities credited by the competent authorities, develop information and guidance actions for qualification and employment. These actions should be coherent, integrated, systematic, continuous and complementary, according to the competencies of each service, taking into account their users profile and needs.