Track Record

In our first 10 years we supported over 7,500 people with learning and development opportunities

We are a social enterprise and charity, operating a sustainable business model in Scotland. Our teams serve urban and rural Southern Scotland and remote communities in the Highlands and Islands.

Our tutor network is spread across the whole country enabling us to deliver programmes in communities everywhere.

We have worked with over 2,871 public, private and third sector organisations, across varied sectors from health, sport and environment to creative industries.


Key statistics 2004 - 2018

  • 12,816 learners from over 2,871 organisations
  • Delivered over 1,064 programmes
  • 30 associate tutors (practitioners and specialists) from across Scotland
  • Worked with over 1000 primary, secondary and additional support needs schools
  • Supported over 2000 teachers to understand social enterprise
  • Delivered learning on every island in the Highlands


Key moments at the Academy 2004 - 2014


Established by the social enterprise support organisations Senscot, UnLtd and CEiS, along with the Scottish Government.

The Academy's remit was to fill the gap in support for social entrepreneurs and the wider third sector around personal development, leadership and entrepreneurship. They recognised that these were vital to complement existing business support and training on offer to contribute to an increasingly enterprising and resilient Scotland.


Funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Social Fund to provide learning programmes in fragile and remote communities, and increase the participation of excluded groups in the workforce.

Partnered with the Scottish Government's Determined to Succeed to provide the Social Enterprise in Education programme.


Partnered with other third sector support organisations to deliver Just Enterprise, the support programme for the enterprising third sector.

In a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate in Education (HMIe) the Academy received four out of seven ratings as 'excellent', and three as 'very good. This is the best assessment by HMIe of any organisation in Scotland's Third Sector.


Began to develop projects and programmes in other countries, leading to our social franchising strategy to ensure our long term sustainability and social impact.


Celebrated 10 years of learning! 

Currently replicating through social franchising in Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.


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