FORAVE is a vocational/technical private school located in Vila Nova de Famalicão, one of the most industrialized councils of the Ave Valley, in the North of Portugal.
Established in 1990, FORAVE has level 4 courses in the areas of

  • Company Management
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Electronics and Automation
  • Polymer Processing Technology
  • Food Quality Control

Next school year, FORAVE will also offer a course in Mechatronics to answer the local companies’ growing needs.

FORAVE also offers tailor-made training programmes to companies which cover a wide range of areas and subjects aiming at increasing, recycling, and reconverting the skills of companies’ staffs.

FORAVE has partnerships with local enterprises and associations (we have around 25 associated partners from our region) which are a great source of know-how not only for our staff and students but for our European partners as well.

Our school has cooperated, since its creation, with other schools, higher education institutions and local companies to promote the exchange of best practices among teachers and to provide students with work placements and on-the-job training in their area of expertise.

FORAVE is also a founding member, and board member, of INNOTECS, an international organisation for deans and directors of Technical schools, mainly focused on vocational educational training level and high school level.

Maria Manuela Alves Sousa Rocha Guimarães

Executive Director

Teresa Lessa Santos

Teacher / European Project Coordinator