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 1,500 public, private and third sector organisations, across varied sectors from health, sport and environment to creative industries.

 

Key statistics 2004 - 2014

  • 7500 learners from over 1500 organisations
  • Delivered over 740 programmes
  • 30 associate tutors (practitioners and specialists) from across Scotland
  • Worked with over 500 primary, secondary and additional support needs schools
  • Supported over 1000 teachers to understand social enterprise
  • Delivered learning on every island in the Highlands

 

Key moments at the Academy 2004 - 2014

2004

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.

2008

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.

2011

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.

2012

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

2014

Celebrated 10 years of learning! 

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

 

 Download the HMIe Report  Find out about the impact of learning

10 Years of Learning

In 2014 learners and partners across Scotland gathered to celebrate 10 years of Academy learning and development

Play the video

Institue of Leadership and Management
EFQM