School for Social Entrepreneurs

We can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs exists.

We help 1,000 people a year develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. In turn, they help 3.4 million people in need.

We run courses that equip people to start, scale and strengthen organisations that make a positive difference. But we’re not a traditional school. Learning with SSE is inspiring, action-based and accessible. We support people in other ways too, such as funding and mentoring.

Lord Michael Young founded SSE in 1997. Today we work internationally, with teams across the UK, Canada and India.

Together, we’re changing lives and transforming communities.

What we do and why we do it

- Our vision is a socially and environmentally just society, where the potential of all people is fully realised.

- Our mission is to empower and equip people with entrepreneurial ideas and solutions to grow the social economy.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

Benefits of working at SSE

Key benefits:

    • 25 days’ annual leave + UK bank holidays
    • 5% employer contribution to your pension

Learning & development:

    • Annual training budget of £750 (pro rata)
    • Attend SSE courses & learning sessions for free
    • Monthly ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions
    • Group learning opportunities (e.g. productivity training, learning about inclusion)
    • Annual development plans to set personal and professional goals

Wellbeing & health:

    • All staff have access to Mindful Employer Plus, a 24/7 confidential employee helpline
    • Opportunities to train in First Aid and Mental Health First Aid
    • Regular wellbeing initiatives hosted by our Wellbeing Committee
    • Free eyecare vouchers

Inclusion & connection:

    • Certified Disability Confident Employer
    • Committed to the EW Inclusive Cultures Pledge
    • Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan 2021-24 commits us to creating an inclusive culture
    • Regular online socials & weekly catch-ups
    • Team away days twice a year

Flexible working & travel:

    • Flexible working is welcomed!
    • Teams based around the UK (as well as in India & Canada)
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Annual season ticket loan

Get involved with the issues you care about:

We have a range of staff groups and committees that you might be interested in joining, including:

    • Climate Action Working Group
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Group
    • Global Majority Collective
    • Values & Culture Working Group
    • Wellbeing Committee

What is working at SSE like?

We strive to create a culture that respects and values each other’s differences, and we encourage everyone to be themselves and develop their potential.

At SSE, everyone’s ideas are welcome for how we can learn and improve. People at all levels contribute ideas for our future, and we collaborate with our UK teams and international teams to share best practice.

We like to enjoy good times together too, because changing the world is an exciting task that’s worth celebrating! 

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