Understanding Social Enterprise

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Understanding Social Enterprise course

This course description is taken from the website of the Social Enterprise Coalition at http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk

See also SEP business advice accreditation

Contents

Introduction

Understanding Social Enterprise (USE) is a course developed by the Social Enterprise Partnership (GB) Ltd. SEP is a partnership of Co-operatives UK, Development Trusts Association, the New Economics Foundation, Social Enterprise London, the Social Enterprise Coalition and Social Firms UK. Students can obtain the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 Understanding Social Enterprise award. This is a VRQ (Vocationally Related Qualification), the UK’s first nationally recognised specialist social enterprise qualification, and has been developed by SEP in collaboration with the ILM.

The programme is aimed at business advisers, consultants, development workers, project officers, managers and other professionals working with or for social enterprises. It comprises four one-day workshops:

  • P1.1 Introduction to social enterprise: values and purpose
  • P1.2 Organisational and legal structures for social enterprise
  • P1.3 Finance and support for social enterprise
  • P1.4 Case studies in social enterprise

The programme equips participants with the essential knowledge and understanding of social enterprise they need to meet the new national occupational standards in social enterprise knowledge and understanding, produced by the standards setting body SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) in partnership with SEP.

Participants studying for the qualification are required to research and write a 1,500 to 2,000-word case study of an emerging or established social enterprise. The case studies form the learning materials for the final workshop, where participants compare and contrast how social enterprises function in practice. This workshop is only open to participants who are registered candidates for the ILM qualification.

The first three workshops provide participants with the analytical tools they need to investigate their case study social enterprise. The workshops assume no prior knowledge of social enterprise and are ideal for people who are new to the field, but who already have some experience in either business or community development.

Candidates for the ILM Level 5 Award in Understanding Social Enterprise who already have more than two years' experience of social enterprise can apply for exemption from the first three workshops, and need only attend the briefing session on the qualification, submit a case study and participate in the final workshop.

Participants do not have to study for the qualification, although previous participants have found that the case study assignment greatly enhanced their learning. The first three workshops have been designed as stand-alone events. The first workshop - Introduction to social enterprise - can be marketed as an awareness-raising workshop for people who need to know about social enterprise, but for whom it is not their main work responsibility. The second and third workshops can be marketed as continuing professional development (CPD) workshops for people who advise organisations on legal or financial issues, and who need to know about social enterprise options.

Programme design and materials

The programme is designed for classroom delivery to groups of between 12 and 16 participants, although the first workshop can be delivered to larger groups. Each workshop lasts six hours, plus a further 40 minutes for participants studying for the qualification (first three workshops only). This adds up to 26 hours of guided learning. The case study assignment involves a further 34 hours of self-directed study, giving a total learning time of 60 hours.

There is a separate PowerPoint presentation for each workshop, accompanied by a comprehensive set of notes for participants. The first workshop also uses a DVD called Enterprising Solutions 05 available from the Social Enterprise Coalition. There are references to further reading and resources throughout the notes and at the end of each workshop.

Participants studying for the qualification should be told prior to enrolment of the requirement to research and write a case study of an emerging or established social enterprise. Ideally, participants should identify a suitable social enterprise for their case study before the first workshop. This can include the participant’s own client enterprises if they are advisors, or if they are managers of social enterprises, their own employers. Participants must visit the chosen enterprise on at least one occasion, and must interview one individual associated with its ownership and control; they must also produce a witness testimony to prove they have met this requirement.

Whilst there are no rules about the spacing of workshops in the programme, it is strongly recommended that there is a gap of at least four weeks between the third and final workshop, to allow participants sufficient time to complete their case study research. Participants may find it beneficial to conduct an initial visit to their case study social enterprise soon after completing the first workshop, with a follow-up visit after completing the third workshop and before the final workshop.

Participants can use their case study research as the material for the small group exercises in the second and third workshops. Alternatively, for participants who are not studying for the qualification, or have not yet researched their case study social enterprise, the programme makes use of a selection of case studies contained in the CD Governance and Participation Development Toolkit, produced by Co-operativesUK.

In addition to the PowerPoint presentations for each workshop there is a PowerPoint presentation that introduces participants to the requirements of the ILM qualification, plus an ILM briefing document for candidates.

ILM qualification

The ILM qualification is independent of the training programme, and training centres intending to offer the ILM qualification must obtain approval from the ILM, or work with a centre that already has ILM approval. Information is available from the ILM on how to become an ILM accredited centre. There is a registration fee for each candidate payable to the ILM, covering all the external verification costs.

Information for students

Scope of the course

Understanding Social Enterprise (USE) is a course developed by the Social Enterprise Partnership (GB) Ltd – SEP– a partnership consisting of Co-operatives UK, Development Trusts Association, the New Economics Foundation, Social Enterprise London, the Social Enterprise Coalition and Social Firms UK. Students can obtain the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 Award in Understanding Social Enterprise. This is a VRQ (Vocationally Related Qualification), the UK’s first nationally recognised specialist social enterprise qualification, and has also been developed by SEP in collaboration with ILM.

The programme equips participants with the essential knowledge and understanding of social enterprise defined in the new national occupational standards in social enterprise, produced by the standards-setting body SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) in partnership with SEP.

Who should attend?

The programme is aimed at business advisers, consultants, development workers, project officers, managers and other professionals working with or for social enterprises.

Prior knowledge required

The programme assumes no prior knowledge of social enterprise and is ideal for people who are new to the field, but who already have some experience in either business or community development.

Course structure and assessment

USE is comprised of four one-day taught workshops:

P1.1 Introduction to social enterprise: values and purpose
P1.2 Organisational and legal structures for social enterprise
P1.3 Finance and support for social enterprise
P1.4 Case studies in social enterprise

The first three workshops can be taken together as a complete course or as stand-alone continuing professional development (CPD) modules.

Candidates for the ILM Level 5 Award in Understanding Social Enterprise who already have more than two years’ experience of social enterprise can apply for exemption from the first three workshops, and need only attend the briefing session on the qualification, submit a case study and participate in the final workshop.

The final workshop is only open to participants who are registered candidates for the full ILM qualification. Participants studying for the qualification are assessed on a 1,500–2,000 word case study of an emerging or established social enterprise. The case studies form the learning materials for the final workshop, where participants compare and contrast how social enterprises function in practice.

The qualification involves 34 hours of self-directed study, and there is a total nominal learning time of 60 hours.

Contact

Social Enterprise London can be contacted for further information about the course, where it is going to run and when. A licensing package is being developed and SEL will be inviting training providers to apply to buy the course and deliver it themselves or pay to have it delivered by SEL for them locally. Training providers who wish to deliver the ILM Award in Understanding Social Enterprise will need to become an approved ILM centre or link up with one in their region.

Joyce Francis
Director of Human Resources and Training
Social Enterprise London
3rd Floor
Downstream Building
1 London Bridge
London
SE1 9BG
UK

Tel: +44 20 7022 1920
mailto://joyce@sel.org.uk

The next course is scheduled to srfat in september 2008. See http://www.sel.org.uk/trainingdetail_use.html

Social Enterprise Partnership:
http://www.sepgb.co.uk

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