Associação Nacional de Escolas Profissionais

ANESPO – National Association of Professional Schools is a non-profit organization established in February 1991, representing over 140 Professional Schools in Portugal, most of them owned by Companies, Business Associations, Foundations, Cooperatives, Trade Unions and Local Authorities. The schools deliver professional courses, attended by about 40.000 students, awarding a diploma of level 4 (European Union’s qualification framework), corresponding to middle staff. These Professional Schools also provide training for adult education and qualification, skills recognition and accreditation (RVC), and take part in projects aimed at enhancing equity and fighting social exclusion. Professional Schools enhance development strategies in their contexts, actively working with regional and local authorities and other economic and social stakeholders, and establishing close links with business environment and employers, thus enabling on-the-job training as a strong component in education offer. Know-how and expertise of ANESPO is rooted on the extensive experience of its associated members, to whom it provides with advice in a wide range of matters, such as:

  • Enhancing quality of teaching;
  • Support in definition of pedagogic principles and guidelines;
  • Professional accreditation;
  • Continuing training to teachers, tutors and other education specialists;
  • Support in design of long life learning programs and strategies for transition to labor world;
  • Design of long life, multiple choice career guidance models for present changing context;
  • Design and implementation of innovative projects through partnerships with domestic and transnational institutions;
  • Strengthening dynamic role of Professional Schools in communities

Adress Av. 5 de Outubro, 176 – 1º Esq. 1050 – 063 Lisboa / Portugal
Phone +351 217 818 320
E-mail geral (at)