This article discusses the meaning of work training. Qualitative methodology was prioritized by using semi-structured interviews. Sixteen individuals were analyzed, aged between 14 to 18, in the city of João Pessoa-PB. The data were analyzed by means of thematic analysis technique. The lines denoted that adolescents seek the program because they see in it the opportunity of insertion in the labor market, as well as earning an income. Learning came in third level. After that experience they have become more "disciplined" and assimilated "theoretical contents" of the course. Administrative, supportive and commercial sectors activities were also performed. The construction of a subjectivity modeled under the logic of capital is perceived, once the individuals are prepared for the employment world, considering what they expect from themselves as future employees. From this, elements stand out indicating that such proposal fits into a professional training philosophy that aims to tame into a position within the production process.
meaning of vocational training; discipline; vocational training; adolescence