Calling all social enterprises


The first international social enterprise qualification (SEQ) for young people has been launched.

It has been set up by Torpoint-based social enterprise Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), and it is looking for other social enterprises to get behind the idea.

The pilot, which is running in more than 50 schools internationally, is designed to shape and inform the first ever qualification in social enterprise for young people, helping a generation of young social entrepreneurs realise their ideas for a better future.

Paula Winzar, founder and project lead of SEQ, explained: “Through extensive research and work with schools and social enterprises over the last three years, RIO has found that although many entrepreneurs are doers who don’t always need qualifications to achieve social change or economic success, the best way to mainstream social enterprise learning for young people is to create a qualification so that schools can give it time and budget.

“We want SEQ to become that qualification, a way for young people to be recognised for the socially entrepreneurial activity many of them are already engaged in and we would love social enteprises to get behind us and help make it happen.”

To Support the Idea of SEQ, social enterprises are invited to log on to the website and click ‘Support the Idea’.