Could you be a social entrepreneur?

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An appetite for risk and a desire to create social change required. No qualifications, previous experience or CV needed…

Are you scrawling through job listings looking for an organisation that you’re passionate about, and a job that will value your entrepreneurial creativity? It can be difficult to find the right role when you are an ‘ideas person’. If this rings a bell, perhaps you should consider starting a social enterprise. The best thing about this job is that you don’t need a CV. You need a good idea, passion, courage and an appetite for risk.

No prior experience necessary but the ability to multitask is mandatory!

A social enterprise is a business driven by a social or environmental purpose. As with all businesses, social enterprises compete to deliver goods and services. The difference is that social purpose is at the very heart of what they do, and the profits are reinvested towards achieving that purpose.

Since 1997, the School for Social Entrepreneurs has been helping individuals start organisations that focus on creating social impact. We work with people who have ideas that can potentially solve social problems and the determination to do something about it.

We have worked with over 1,500 social entrepreneurs in the UK – many of those are individuals with a background in the third sector. Our start-up programme is for people who are at the beginning of their journey to wish to build their enterprise from the ground up.


We have no strict criteria and have helped people to establish social enterprises that tackle various issues. Perhaps you care about education, reducing reoffending or homelessness? We have supported others like you and helped make their ideas a reality.

Ann is passionate about education and set up CAMFED; an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

Care about rehabilitation? Be inspired by SSE Fellow Junior Smart who, after a 8 year prison sentence, went on to establish SOS Gangs, their award-winning, ex-offender led  service has helped to reduce reoffending dramatically.

Horrified by homelessness? You can do something about it. SSE Fellow Cemal Ezel has partnered with The Big Issue to set up Change Please, a coffee company providing barista training, employment opportunities and secure housing to London’s homeless population.

If you have a great idea and are determined to make it happen, apply now for our Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme. The programme runs in twelve locations across the country and provides a free fourteen-day course packed full of inspiration, networking skills, a one-to-one business mentor and a grant – yes, it’s free and we give you £4,000 to help you get your idea off of the ground!

If you have a vision that you think could help solve a social problem, or create opportunities for disadvantaged groups, then what are you waiting for? Come and join a community of like-minded individuals and make your dreams a reality – we’re here to help!

Applications are open until 21st March. Head to to apply.

Jade Phillips

Marketing Manager at CharityJob. A true bookworm and social media geek, you'll find me living in pockets of online communities. Unattended snacks might go missing if left around me...

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