SMALL CAN BE BEAUTIFUL WITH ENTERPRISE
Social Business Alliance (SBA) CIC is an innovative and inspiring IOEE Academy that works with various partnerships to showcase the life-changing value and benefits of social enterprise as a way to do business. One of SBA’s recent partnerships has been with the charity MK Snap, where it has been delivering SFEDI Awards qualifications to adults with learning difficulties. We caught up with one of SBA’s Directors and IOEE Fellow Sue Quinn, to discuss how tailoring its programmes to meet the needs of individual learners helps them to develop personal confidence and social skills through the achievement of their qualifications.
Our SFEDI Awards courses deliver much more than an academic qualification and certificate, both to the learners and to us at SBA.
MK Snap is a special needs organisation based in Milton Keynes that delivers education, life skills and opportunities to people with learning disabilities, providing them with ‘the skills they need 12 | Think Enterprise
to be the best they can be’. Learners can participate in a wide range of activities, such as arts, crafts, cooking, IT and gardening, but none of their classes have been accredited until its delivery of SFEDI Awards qualifications via SBA. SBA has been delivering SFEDI Awards’ Level 1 Award in Passport to Enterprise and Employment qualification, and Sue tells us that not only is this giving learners an official educational certificate, but that the benefits of this achievement far surpass that of just an academic qualification. Sue says: “SBA supports people in a variety of ways. We help people who want to set up social enterprises, we train business advisors, mentors and coaches, and we also give people the opportunity to get very specific qualifications around social enterprise. Our work with MK Snap is particularly special as these are learners who would usually find it very challenging to get
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