ISQ is a private, non-profit and independent technological institution founded in 1965, currently running operations in more than 40 countries across the world (EU, Eastern Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia), offering its experience in technical inspections, technical assistance for engineering projects, consultancy services and training activities, supported by transversal research and development activities and by 23 accredited laboratories (e.g.: chemical, bio and agro testing, non-destructive testing, Aerospatiale, etc).
For that propose, ISQ conducts Research and Development activities (R&D), promoting projects with national and international partners, from both public and private sector, aiming at continuous product and process innovation.
ISQ has presently about 1400 collaborators around the world – 800 in Portugal – being the biggest Portuguese technological infrastructure and the second biggest VET player in Portugal, with branches in all Portuguese regions.
ISQ delivers to the Ministry of Labour and Employment new Qualification Standards for new emergent jobs of updated skills in traditional jobs, focused on business market needs and business market intelligence. Tailor made training solutions are also design for youth and adult employment, relying on work based solutions. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Entrepreneurship are also key areas at ISQ training services, focus of many recent studies and projects, being presently the coordinator of largest national network of Corporate Social Responsibility (with more than 250 member-organisations, www.rsopt.com).
ISQ is accredited for training services and training of trainers and is certified under Quality, Environmental and Safety management model according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards, and is also an accredited body for training of trainers and teachers. ISQ is also accredited to certify people according to ISO 17024 and our laboratories are certified by ISO 17025.
ISQ is Board member of EVBB (European association of VET Centres) and is member of SOLIDAR (European Association for Social Justice in Europe) and belongs to the National Commission for Quality in Education and VET.
ISQ belong also to ECVET national expert group and delivers ECVET workshops to different stakeholders in Portugal and in Europe.