SUVOT: Spicing-up vocational training

SUVOT: Spicing-up vocational training

Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral, 2010-2013


Role playing techniques are useful not only in theatre. They can be very handy in helping disabled people to become cooks for example!

For those who have problems with entering job market and taking up new educational challenges a quasi-theatrical stage can be like a trampoline to more active life. Here, people with mental illness, learning disabilities or/ and behavioral disorders can overcome their low self-esteem, fears and shyness and other personal barriers.

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Project coordinator / Project website

Fundacion INTRAS , Spain


Partner countries

Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Germany

Target group

Direct targets: teachers and trainers involved in vocational training of disadvantaged groups, in particular mentally ill people.

Indirect targets: People with disabilities, especially with mental illness wishing to take up new educational challenges and to enter job market.


The general objective of the project was to establish an innovative vocational training in cooking for people with mental illness, learning disabilities or/and behavioral disorders.

Specific objectives were:

  • Producing a set of teaching materials for training in cooking

  • Providing people with mental illness from Germany, Slovenia and Spain with vocational training on cooking during a one-year course, thus developing their cognitive, social and practical skills in the cooking field

  • Facilitating the access of people with mental illness to labor market, particularly within the cooking sector

Project description

The project arouse from the need to end the social stigma attached to mental illness that makes difficult the incorporation of this target group in the labor market. Vocational training is the first step to ensure equal opportunities and to increase the possibilities of people with mental illness to find a job.

The project resulted in edition of instructive educational materials:

  • A teaching manual for trainers describing the objectives of the training program, the methodology and the techniques to be used

  • A trainee’s textbook to facilitate the learning of the target group

  • A teaching DVD including cooking videos led by the first SUVOT trainees

The innovative aspect of the project lies in the simulation methodology based on socio- and psychodrama that is used during the vocational training. The methodology developed is expected to be useful in working with different groups, subjected to social exclusion, involved in the process of vocational training.


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