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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-31/1075 Updated – measures in Portugal

ATIVAR.PT Labour market integration internships

Estágios ATIVAR.PT

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 27 July 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Heloísa Perista, Maria da Paz Campos Lima and Ana Brázia (CESIS) and Eurofound
Measure added 08 September 2020 (updated 27 February 2023)

Background information

To face the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 disease pandemic and in a context where worsening labour market conditions are anticipated, the Government established as one of the priority axes of the Economic and Social Stabilization Program, approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 41/2020, of 6 of June, the maintenance of employment and the gradual resumption of economic activity.

In this context the «ATIVAR.PT - Reinforced Program of Support to Employment and Vocational Training ( ATIVAR.PT — Programa Reforçado de Apoios ao Emprego e à Formação Profissional ), was launched, which is designed to ensure an adequate and rapid response with broadband support programs for hiring and internships, in articulation with programs for specific sectors and audiences. The Resolution 206/2020 of 27 August 2020 regulates the measure on Internships ATIVAR.PT, which consists of strengthening the supports to integrate young people in the labour market and retraining the unemployed.

Content of measure

[ATIVAR.PT Internships]((, which replace Professional Internships ( Estágios Profissionais ), is a measure that increases the internship grants while taking into account qualifications. The internship grant for a trainee with a degree, for example, will increase from €719 to €790. The increase in the grant will vary, for candidates with education above secondary level, between 7.1% and 30.6%.

On the other hand, and on a transitional basis (until 30 June 2021), candidates up to 35 years old will be covered (currently they can only be up to 30 years old) and people over 35 years old will be eligible if they have been unemployed longer than six months (instead of the current 12). The contribution of the IEFP for the grant rises from 65% to 75% in the general regime and the employment bonus, awarded to those who convert internship contracts into open-ended contracts, will increase from a maximum value of €2,194 to €3,072 in the general regime.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

01 January 2022

Order 293/2022, of 12 December, included a new group of recipients of the internships ATIVAR.PT and specified another one. Thus,

  • In addition to refugees, beneficiaries of temporary protection are now also included;
  • The duration of the internship for beneficiaries of temporary protection is 12 months.
  • Those who have been subject to a promotion and protection measure of residential care are now also included.
  • Whenever the beneficiaries, namely: d) Persons with disabilities; e) Persons integrating single parent families; f) Persons whose spouses or unmarried partners are also registered as unemployed in the Institute of Employment and Professional Training (Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional - IEFP, I. P.); g) Victims of domestic violence; h) Refugees; i) Ex-prisoners and those serving or having served non-custodial sentences or judicial measures, in conditions to be reintegrated into active life; j) Drug addicts in process of recovery; k) Homeless persons; l) Persons to whom the Statute of Informal Caregiver has been acknowledged and who provide care as main informal caregiver; m) Persons to whom the promotion and protection measure of residential care has been applied; n) have one or more dependent children up to the age of 17 years old, the co-participation percentages of the costs with internship grants are increased by an additional 15 percentage points.

These amendments came into force on 13 December 2022.

These amendments had an effect from 1 January 2022.

Use of measure

The number of applications received and internships carried out have been increasing since the launch of the measure, with a total of 77,614 applications received and 95,083 internships, according to data from the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security.

In 2020, there was only one application phase, in the 2nd semester, with 15,817 applications that resulted in 19,212 internships.

In 2021 there were two application phases, with the first recording 19,579 applications and 24,242 internships and the second 20,820 applications and 24,868 internships. In 2022, the first application phase, which took place between 1 March and 30 June, had 21,398 applications that resulted in 26,761 internships.

No information is available from 30 June 2022 onwards.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Youth (18-25) in employment
Applies to all businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
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:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


As stated in the Ordinance regulating the Internships measure ATIVAR.PT, the social partners represented at the tripartite Standing Committee for Social Concertation were consulted.

Furthermmore, this measure will be evaluated by the Standing Committee for Social Concertation within three years from the entry into force of this Ordinance.

Views and reactions

Social partners supported the measure.



Eurofound (2020), ATIVAR.PT Labour market integration internships , measure PT-2020-31/1075 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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