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Continuing Training Programme (Programa de Formación Continua) (2003- )



Date: 2003-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The objective of the program is to promote the continuous training of workers as a tool to gain access to decent and quality jobs and contribute to improving the competitiveness. Through training, the development of programmes and actions is promoted, many of which are articulated with active employment policies: education completion, vocational training and competency certification. It also promotes strengthening vocational training institutions throughout the country and has the Tax Credit Programme to encourage and promote training. Through the Sector Councils on Skills Certification and Continuing Education, sectors establish what are the training needs to be covered, what equipment and which training institutions are identified to be strengthened.


Target population: Employed and unemployed people
Area of intervention: Technical and vocational training
Indirect job creation
Remedial (second-chance) education studies
Geographic scale: National


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Production and Labour
Executing organization(s): Secretariat of Government, Labour and Employment (Ministry of Production and Labour)
Source of funding: Government of Argentina

1) Professional training courses

Recipient(s): Participants of the programme
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: The courses can be given by the sectoral programme qualifications (union and business actors) and social organisations. The courses last from 50 to 200 hours.


2) Certification of labour skills

Recipient(s): Participants of the programme
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: By certifying competencies an organisation recognises and testifies that a person is competent to perform a particular function, according to a labour competency standards; in this way, the work experience of workers is recognised. This action is carried out in 29 sectors, although most involved are the metallurgical, refrigerators, construction and automotive mechanics


3) Institutional Strengthening

Recipient(s): Institutions of education
Recipient of the transfer: Institutions of education
Description: Improving the quality of the "Network of Continuing Education Institutions". Institutions get: (i) strengthening institutional management; (Ii) development of curricula and teaching materials to ensure the quality and relevance of sectoral educational content, and (iii) teacher training.


4) Tax Credit

Recipient(s): Participants of the programme
Recipient of the transfer: Micro, small, medium, large companies and labour cooperatives
Comments: The companies or cooperatives that at the end of the training want to incorporate unemployed workers in the staff, will have access to an increase in the tax credit certificate. If the workers to be incorporated are people with disabilities, the increase mentioned will be added 5% for each incorporation, with a maximum of 25%.
Description: Its aim is to encourage and promote, through financial aid, that companies undertake and manage their own training programs and training for workers and / or unemployed. The training could range from the completion of formal studies to vocational training courses or certification of labor skills.


5) Training for decent work

Recipient(s): Participants of the programme
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: Workshops on career orientation and on assistance to access to new labour rights. This component is developed jointly by the Ministries of Education and Labour to incorporate in vocational training and in various educational fields, the values related to dignity of work, principles and fundamental rights and the concept of decent work


Evaluación de impacto en la inserción laboral de los beneficiarios de los cursos sectoriales de formación profesional

Author: Castillo, Victoria; Ohaco, Moira y Schleser, Diego
Date: 2014
Publication info: Oficina de País de la OIT para la Argentina; Documento de trabajo N° 6
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation


Notas OIT. Trabajo decente en Argentina.

Author: Oficina Internacional del Trabajo (OIT)
Date: 2012
Publication info: Oficina de País de la OIT para la Argentina
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information


Plan estratégico. Formación Continua: Innovación y Empleo. Argentina 2020

Author: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social (MTESS) y Formación Continua
Date: 2011
Publication info:
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information




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