Learning for Young People

Since 2007, The Social Enterprise Academy schools programme has supported young people to set up and grow sustainable social enterprises in their schools and communities.

This transformational learning experience allows young people to develop key employability skills whilst aspiring to affect ongoing social change in their communities and beyond. We have worked with over 1200 nurseries, schools and colleges across Scotland, Australia, Malawi and London.

We're aware that the context that many young people are learning in has changed drastically over the last few months and we believe that supporting them to engage with their community is more important now than ever before.

Young people are feeling anxious and helpless, identifying needs around them and taking positive action will help them contribute to their community whilst developing their own skills and improving well-being by creating positive change.


Home Learning Activities

In April 2020, we released home learning activities give young people the opportunity to contribute to their community whilst developing their own skills and improving well-being during Lockdown. Each week, teachers, parents and carers received a task, video, and activity sheets that supported young people to create a social enterprise to respond to issues they care about. Young people were able to earn certificates for their hard work, as well as enter our Virtual Dragons' Den for a chance to gain support from a social entrepreneur to develop their idea and win £100 seed funding to get started.

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Online Teacher CPD

For school staff and those working with young people we are also offering an online 'Supporting Young People to be Community Champions CPD' to provide practitioners with ideas for exploring social issues with their young people, supporting them to take positive action within their community and develop essential skills for life, learning and work. Follow the link below to find out more about this opportunity.

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Giving young people, whether they are 4 or 24, the chance to develop their own enterprise can transform how they feel about work.

Our programmes are highly responsive, practical and have proven positive impacts on young people of all backgrounds.

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Free Resources!

We have lots of materials to support you in setting up your own social enterprise

Our brand new online learning platform gives you access to example business plans, our latest showcase, business plan templates. Create an account to get started!

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Schools at the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018

St Alberts open with their presentation on conscience led communities

St Alberts, Glasgow and Broughton High School, Edinburgh share their social enterprise journeys at the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018. 

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Where we work

Local Authorities Map Scotland Education 2019 Detail

Our team works across the whole of Scotland, our coordinators work directly with teachers and local authorities to bring social enterprise to young people wherever they may be.

Highlands & Islands- Rachel Farmer
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Central & North East - Nicola Henderson Michie
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West Scotland - James Johnstone
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Central & South East - Claire Fraser
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