ERIC Number: ED345093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Union Movement and Vocational Training in Brazil. Discussion Paper No. 91.
Horta, Carlos Roberto; de Carvalho, Ricardo Augusto Alves
The current strategy for Brazil's development does not focus on traditional advantages such as cheap and unskilled labor and inexpensive raw materials. The Brazilian government proposes an emphasis on vocational training and rehabilitation of human resources and on research and development. Vocational training has traditionally been offered by SENAI (National Service of Industrial Apprenticeship) and SENAC (National Service of Commercial Apprenticeship). The union movement sees vocational training as being fundamentally a state obligation. Trade unions are linked to different political and ideological lines, and union centers offer political education. The two oldest centers, CUT (Confederation of Workers) and CGT (Workers' Unique Center), have specific projects that train union leaders and strengthen democratic, class conscience, and independent unionism. Three unions--CUT, CGT, and the Union Force--would be willing to invest in vocational training on two conditions: that they could obtain resources for their objectives and that the political dimension would be linked to the technical dimension. In the last 20 years, some vocational training initiatives developed by segments of the working classes have been shown to be more significant than those of workers' organizations. They seem more important than union initiatives primarily because they introduce more advanced activities and train the worker as a whole. (10 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Federal Government, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Labor Education, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Union Members, Unions, Vocational Education, Working Class
International Labour Office, CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Labour Office, Geneva (Switzerland).