There are currently over 5,600 Social Enterprises operating in Scotland, employing 81,357 full-time equivalent employees. Social enterprise is a fast-growing area in the economy and can offer innovative business solutions to issues affecting our communities.
Social Enterprise in Education
What is Social Enterprise in Schools?
The Social Enterprise in Schools programme gives students hands-on experience in running a business with a social purpose. Our guide gives you a better idea of what this might look and feel like in your school.
Explore the Social Enterprise in Education programme
Linking the programme to the wider education landscape
We know that educators have pressure to deliver on a huge number of initiatives, so we have cross-referenced the Scottish education landscape to find areas where our programme complements, supports and enhances other activities already happening in your school or classroom.
Are you just starting your social enterprise journey?
Spark level is for schools committed to learning more about social enterprise and the activity happening in their area. There are lesson plans available for this 3-4 hour introductory level.
Ready to start making positive social change in your community?
This level has been available to schools for over a decade and allows pupils to explore the positive changes they would like to make in their world through social enterprise. Our tutors deliver an interactive workshop where pupils discover what is involved in setting up a school-based social enterprise and they can go on to win an award for their school.
Looking to grow your existing social enterprise?
For those schools who have set up their social enterprise and taken part in our awards, there is a further opportunity to become a Social Enterprise Champion. This level is to recognise schools who have managed to sustain their social enterprises and/or who have reached out to their local community to share their knowledge and enhance their learning experience.