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Important social training facts you should know

12.10.2013
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A social enterprise refers to a business that is involved in a wide range of tasks such as selling goods, delivering services, and engaging in a form of trading. It needs to be set up in such a way that will enable it to meet social objectives such as offering training, supporting employment of providing care services. 

There are a few important facts you may want to know about social enterprise training, and these include the following:

1. Time can be a barrier to social enterprise support and training.

This is not quite surprising, as it is common among all sectors that one of the major concerns affecting training is the amount of time spent on these courses. For instance, workshops that last for a day or two are the most common length of training courses. Keep in mind, though, that long-duration courses can have the best social impact. In fact, a high percentage of organizations are more interested in social enterprise training courses that take place for a few weeks to months.

2. Various other sectors are gaining interest in training courses for social enterprises.

Nowadays, social enterprises are not the only ones that have an interest in training. Cross-sector interest in this type of training exists, particularly among housing associations, non-profit groups, and public sector organizations that search for relevant support and training. These sectors aim to develop a social enterprise concept and scale a social enterprise for the growth of their organization. Thus, an increasing number of workshop participants and training courses come from charities and other institutions in the public and private sectors.

3. One of the key topics in training is social impact measurement.

There is an increasing demand for specific training topics such as social impact assessment or measurement. This refers to the means of monitoring and measuring social outputs or returns of any business. Hence, enterprises will be able to analyze and manage any expected or unexpected social consequences of planned interventions. 

4. Having expert and experienced practitioners is essential to an excellent training course. 

Generally, it makes perfect sense that expert practitioners are the ones tasked to provide training, particularly professionals who have come from their own sector. These trainers should be individuals who have tried and tested the different techniques they wish to share with others. 

5. Training can be done online.

Online training proves to be an efficient and convenient way to provide training. This method allows learners to undergo training at their own pace, and this helps address financial issues that some sectors face in training their employees. 

With social enterprise training, professionals will be able to learn from authentic and real-world examples of how innovative social entrepreneurs use effective strategies to improve their organization. This type of training can help participants learn ways on how to formulate a viable business model, conduct market analysis, and create a business concept that will affect social change.

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Shany Dembak.

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