Leading to the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Social Enterprise Support
Starting 9 November 2017 at Triodos Bank in Bristol

This one-year professional development programme is aimed at practitioners who provide business support to social enterprises. It comprises of nine, one day workshops, held at monthly intervals, starting in November 2017. The workshops combine theory and professional practice, addressing the following topics:

  • Defining social enterprise and the social competitive advantage
  • Organisational design and legal structures
  • Reviewing and assessing financial reports and accounts
  • Capital finance, including equity and community shares
  • Working with clients, support diagnostics, work agreements and contracts
  • Growth, sustainability and the business model
  • Business planning, fundraising, project development
  • Personal professional development

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and leads to the Level 5 Certificate in Social Enterprise Support. This qualification is based on the SFEDI occupational standards for business advisers and social enterprise advisers and is regulated by OFQUAL. There are no qualification-based entry requirements, but participants must be actively providing support to one or more social enterprise clients at pre-start, start-up, early growth or consolidation phases of development. Assessment is by written case study and portfolios of client case work and personal professional development activities. Participants also receive three hours of personal tuition and support.

The course is tutored and led by Jim Brown, principal consultant for Baker Brown Associates and strategic adviser to the Community Shares Unit. Jim was responsible for researching and writing the SFEDI occupational standards for social enterprise support, and for designing the ILM social enterprise support qualifications. He has delivered 17 programmes in the last ten years and trained over 300 practitioners from organisations such as Co-operatives UK, Locality, Plunkett Foundation, numerous Rural Community Councils, YMCA, Remploy, Supporters Direct, Triodos Bank, Wales Co-operative Centre, and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Fees: £2,000 (no VAT). 25% discounts available for freelance practitioners and people working for small organisations with a turnover below £100,000 per annum.

Further details: jim.brown@bakerbrown.co.uk · T: 0117 9250824

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