Centro San Viator was founded in 1953 in the region of Encartaciones, in the province of Biscay, in a rural area where job opportunities are usually limited to agricultural and livestock activity. Located in a mountainous area with a rugged landscape, terrestrial communications present many difficulties that accentuate the lack of opportunities for the residents of the region.
Centro San Viator offers training from Kinder Garden to High School and also Formación Profesional Básica (EQF 3), Grado Medio (EQF 4) and Grado Superior (EQF 5) to meet the needs of more than 900 students working with a staff of about 100 professionals. Our VET offer includes: Retail, Car Mechanics, Mechanization, Electronics-Electricity, Child Education, and Geriatrics. We offer courses for unemployed people, in order to respond to the high percentage of unemployment that currently exists in this region. Complementing our offer, we also promote training courses for active workers.
We are a school with a strong social character and a priority objective: helping people with fewer opportunities, who find themselves threatened by social exclusion. CSV receives about 150 students a year who have been in the educational system, which has failed them.
We also have 6 full-time classrooms with about 70 young students (aged 14-20) that are mentally disabled, as well as two part-time classrooms. The goal of these classes is to help them to achieve their maximum potential, help them to lead independent lives, and to introduce them into the labour market if possible.
We have a department focusing on projects that increase the inclusion of excluded groups (or groups at risk of exclusion). From this area, we implement tailor-made training courses to increase the employability of these groups.