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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-13/335 – measures in Portugal

Extraordinary training plan - Exceptional and temporary measure to protect jobs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Plano extraordinário de formação - Medida excecional e temporária de proteção dos postos de trabalho, no âmbito da pandemia COVID-19

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 30 June 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound
Measure added 07 April 2020 (updated 17 November 2021)
Related ERM support instrument

Background information

This exceptional and temporary measure, set by Decree-Law 10-G/2020 of 26 March, simplifies the implementation and sets new conditions to the temporary measure provided for in the Ordinance 71-A/2020 of 15 March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, which introduced exceptional changes to the regime defined by Labour Code (Law 7/2009) on training during the period of temporary reduction of the normal working time or suspension of the employment contract in a situation of business crisis.

The measure aims at supporting vocational training during the period of reduction or suspension. This measure adds the following main provisions: the support to the extraordinary training plan is cumulative to the extraordinary support to the maintenance of the employment contract; the support to the extraordinary training plan has no defined duration (formerly one month duration); and revises the terms to set the amount of the training grant.

Content of measure

Article 7 of Decree law 10-G/2020 sets that companies in crisis situation as a result of:

  • a complete halt in the activity; or
  • an abrupt and sharp decrease of activity of at least 40% of invoicing;

Have access to support to an extraordinary training plan. This is cumulative to the extraordinary support to the maintenance of the employment contract.

The training plan is approved by the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, I. P., IEFP, I. P.) and is supplemented by a training grant. As provided for in paragraph 5, article 305 of the Labour Code, this training grant is equal to 30% of the social support index (€438.81 in 2020 x 30% = €131.6), paid in equal parts to the employer and to the worker.

The training plan is organized by IEFP, I.P. and implemented in articulation with the company. Whenever possible, this may be developed as distance training. The duration of the training should not be longer than 50% of the normal working time.

Use of measure

According to the report by Mamede and Silva (coord. 2021, O Estado da Nação e as Políticas Públicas 2021 - Governar em Estado de Emergência), the simplifed layoff protected employment in the short-term but did not take advantage of the opportunity for training. Between March and July 2020, 1.25% of the workers covered by lay-off were included in training plans, corresponding to 342 (0.3%) of the 113,000 businesses that made use of the lay-off measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies
Public employment service
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


Social partners were consulted at the tripartite social dialogue - Standing Committee for Social Concertation (Comissão Permanente de Concertação Social – CPCS).

Views and reactions

The social partners were consulted at the Standing Committee for Social Concertation. Their views are not known.


  • 15 March 2020: Portaria nº. 71-A/2020, Diário da República n.º 52-A/2020, 1º Suplemento, Série I de 2020-03-15 (
  • 20 March 2020: Decreto-Lei n.º 10-G/2020, Diário da República n.º 61/2020 Suplemento, Série I de 2020-03- (
  • 01 July 2021: O Estado da Nação e as Políticas Públicas 2021 - Governar em Estado de Emergência (


Eurofound (2020), Extraordinary training plan - Exceptional and temporary measure to protect jobs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, measure PT-2020-13/335 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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