Brazilian youth apprentice system to be used as model by El Salvador and Spain

published: Aug 31, 2018 04:27 PM, last modified: Sep 05, 2018 07:58 PM
After learning from the Brazilian experience, countries will apply similar programmes in their labour markets

Valdecir Galor/ SMCS

Valdecir Galor/ SMCS

After helping 430 thousand youth apprentices find active employment, Brazil will be a model for the labour markets of El Salvador and Spain on how to handle work for minors. Since 2005, when the Lei do Apredizado (the “Apprenticeship Law” Brazil's legislation that regulates youth employment) came into effect, 3.4 million youth have been hired as young apprentices.

The cooperation efforts will also allow Brazilian specialists to better understand how the other two countries act in this area, an experience that will help them further improve apprenticeship efforts for youth in Brazil. El Salvador's Minister of Labour and Social Security, Sandra Guevara, stressed that the Brazilian experience is considered an example in the world: "Brazil has had a successful experience with young people entering the labour market," he said.

El Salvador has a population of about 6 million, 54% of whom are young. According to Guevara, the country's average unemployment rate in this segment is as high as 12%. "The expectation is to introduce more young people to the market, and the apprenticeship modality is an excellent, very clear pathway," she added.


During a meeting with representatives of El Salvador and Spain last Tuesday (28), teams from the Brazilian Ministry of Labour gave presentations on Brazil's legislation on the topic and explained how it is applied in the country. There are four main areas of action, all of which begin with the Ministry of Labour's vision regarding apprenticeship and how it is being implemented in Brazil. Another presentation focused on training courses for apprentices and how they are offered.

Ministry staff also showed data on the number of active apprentices in the national labour market, the main positions and sectors in which they can be found, and what usually happens with apprenticeship programme graduates after the end of the work contracts.