The job market in São Paulo is distinguished by the qualification and training of its workforce. At both high school and higher education levels, the network of vocational training in São Paulo strengthens the regional talent base, ensuring competitiveness for companies and promoting economic development, new investment and social inclusion. The State unites 1,281 vocational education organizations, making up 16% of the national total, according to the National Institute of Educational Studies and Research (Inep).
The State of São Paulo currently has 66 Colleges of Technology (Fatecs) run by the Centro Paula Souza in 60 cities, teaching some 77,000 students frequenting 72 higher education courses. These courses provide skills in a number of areas such as civil construction, mechanics, computer science, IT, and tourism. In addition to the undergraduate courses, post-graduate, technology refresher and extension courses are provided.
São Paulo has 220 State Technical Colleges (Etecs) run by the Centro Paula Souza in 162 cities, offering high school and technical courses to the manufacturing, agricultural and livestock and services sectors, educating approximately 213,000 students in 138 different skill categories.
The São Paulo Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (IFSP), part of the network of federal technological educational institutions, offers vocational high school, undergraduate post-graduate courses. It has 37 campi in the State of São Paulo, situated in the capital and across coastal and interior cities.
One of the most important national institutions dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge applied industrial development, the National Service for Industrial Training (Senai), created in 1942, works to qualify human resources and providing services such as support to the manufacturing sector, laboratory services, applied research and IT.
The Senai-SP offers a large variety of courses: industrial training, aimed at young people educated to elementary level, technical courses, higher education dedicated to qualifying technologists and post-graduate courses.
Created in 1946, the National Service for Commercial Training (Senac) is dedicated to qualifying workers involved in the commercialization of goods, services and tourism. The Senac-SP offers various services and educational programs relevant to several areas of knowledge and levels of education (lato and stricto sensu) and university, technical and open extension courses. Its structure is comprised of the Centro Universitário Senac - Campi Águas de São Pedro, Campos do Jordão and Santo Amaro, in the capital's southern district - and another 48 units spread over the São Paulo Metropolitan Area and the State Interior.
The National Service for Transportation Training (Senat) was created in 1993 and is dedicated to the development and dissemination of the culture of transportation and promoting quality of life and professional development of workers employed in this sector. With 28 units in the State of São Paulo, Senat offers courses, seminars and lectures which reflect on the multiple functions and activities relevant to this segment; the programs may be concluded through continued, on-site or distance education.