Darn it, you’ve missed the boat for 2018… but we might still be able to help you!

We are no longer recruiting for the 2018 Fellowship Programme. If you’re interested in a place in 2019, email kylie.dickenson@sse.org.uk.

You could also try our brilliant Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, which offers: a learning programme, £1,000 grant, mentoring, a community of social entrepreneurs, and support for a year. Not bad, eh? It’s open for applications in Spring 2018.

We also offer a range of short courses to help you start up and run a social enterprise.

What is the Fellowship Programme?

You’ve got an idea for a project that helps other people or the environment. How do you get it up and running?

That’s where we come in. We support you as you start up a social enterprise, charity or business to help people.

You don’t need any educational qualifications for our Fellowship Programme, based in London. We welcome people from all backgrounds, including long-term unemployed, ex-offenders, and people with disabilities. You come along for practical learning – no textbooks in sight! – for one or two days a month.

There’s no long-winded application forms or scary interviews. Just come along to a workshop to hear more about the programme and see if it might be for you.

What is the School for Social Entrepreneurs?

We’re a charity with 20 years’ experience helping people start projects that tackle problems around housing, employment, education, mental health, gangs, drug and alcohol addiction, poverty, ageing, LGBT issues, social and elderly care, the refugee crisis, the environment and many more.

Is the Fellowship Programme right for me?

This programme could be right for you if:

  • You’ve got an idea for how to tackle a social or environmental problem
  • You want to turn your idea into a business or charity, and have thought about how it could make money
  • You’re talking to people about how your start-up could work – though you don’t need to have registered it or officially started up yet
  • You like learning by doing, in a practical way
  • You’d enjoy getting to know people from different backgrounds
  • You can commit to one to three days per month, from May 2018 to January 2019

Meet Junior, who learnt with us on the Fellowship Programme…

What will I learn?

You’ll learn how to become a confident leader and make an impact. We’ll help you develop the skills you’ll need to be successful, like:

  • business skills (how to manage finances, business planning, measuring your impact & more)
  • accessing funding and winning clients
  • how to sell your idea and build support
  • learning from failure and building resilience

You’ll get 20 days of learning & support, spread out over nine months. Every day is about hands-on learning from those who’ve been there and done it. We’re definitely not about taking tests or doing homework! We give you practical knowledge to turn your idea into a reality.

You’ll be part of a group of around 15 people starting up projects like yours. You’ll work through problems and challenges together. We’ll also connect you with two mentors for one-on-one support.

97% of people who have been on the programme recommend our approach.

Is there a fee?

Here are our recommended course contributions for 2018 (subject to change in 2019):

  • £450 if you’re employed and/or can afford it.
  • If you work part-time or are unemployed, we can work out a payment schedule which equates to roughly £5 per week.
  • We don’t want your financial situation to get in the way if this programme is right for you, so please get in touch to chat if this is the case.

So you know the full value of the programme, each place actually costs £8,500. Most of that cost is generously covered by our corporate supporters: Linklaters, PwC, RSA and private donors who want to support people like you to start social enterprises.

What are the course dates?

This programme runs annually, from May to January. Each month, you attend between one and three learning days. All learning days are based in London Bridge, from 10am-4.30pm.

We’re no longer recruiting for 2018, but you can email kylie.dickenson@sse.org.uk if you’re interested in joining the 2019 programme.