Our Programme for schools and our teachers’ CPD is fully funded by the Scottish Government so comes at no cost to the schools or local authorities.
The programme has been running for 12 years and in that time we have worked with over 1000 schools from across Scotland. It was created to support the development of enterprise, employability and entrepreneurial skills in young people and to promote awareness of social enterprise as a way of doing better business in Scotland. Our aims are to:
- Develop an understanding of the social enterprise business model
- Provide hands-on experience of setting up and running a social enterprise
- Support Curriculum for Excellence by providing practical opportunities that encourage participants to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors
- Contribute to The Developing the Young Workforce Strategy
Our CPD sessions are titled: Understanding Social Enterprise and they are SCEL accredited. They are open to all school staff from nursery, primary, secondary and ASN schools who are keen to develop an understanding of social enterprise. As part of the CPD, participants are welcome to register on the day for further pupils workshops and ongoing support (again fully funded by Scottish Government). We find that our course works best as a full or half-day session, however, we can tailor this to a twilight session should this work better for schools and Local Authorities. The sessions, led by social entrepreneurs provide participants with a great introduction to social enterprise in an educational setting. Whilst exploring real-life examples participants gain the skills and knowledge to deepen their understanding of the realities of setting up and running a school-based social enterprise and discover how these experiences can support young people to develop their entrepreneurial and employability skills.