EQF Level 7

  • Unit 1: Strategic Enterprise Management – transparent governance and change management
  • Unit 2: Research and Innovations in Social Business and Enterprise
  • Unit 3: Social Enterprise leadership – delegation and oversight
  • Unit 4: Applied Resource Management – HR recruitment and retention of specialist personnel and services
  • Unit 5: Applied Financial Management
  • Unit 6: Applied Marketing – networking & communications using traditional and digital methods
  • Unit 7: Funding and Finance for Social Enterprise – commissions, consortia, competition
  • Unit 8: International Business Development, Social Franchising and Replication
  • Unit 9: Political dimension for Social Enterprise communityUnit 10: Mentoring, Coaching and Training Social Enterprise

Level 7 – Content in development (Post Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship)

 Level 7 – Social Enterprise – Train the Trainer (TtT)

This Framework is designed to support mentors, facilitators, practitioners and other professionals engaged in supporting, developing and nurturing social enterprise in diverse contexts and environments.

Competency Descriptor Skills/Abilities
1. The ability to identify and nurture entrepreneurial talent with focus on addressing social issues and challenges ·         Identify social problems in local, regional, national and international contexts

·         Source, identify and develop entrepreneurial skills and capabilities

·         Create visioning frameworks for social innovation

·         Apply social innovation entrepreneurial development strategies through social entrepreneurs

·         Knowledge and understanding of the social economy

·         Knowledge and awareness of social enterprise legal structures and different business models (cooperatives, credit unions, development trusts, community interest companies, etc.)

·         Commitment to the values and ethos associated with the social economy and recognition of the potential of social enterprise methodologies to meet intractable social challenges

·         Knowledge of recruitment, selection and engagement strategies for new and emerging social entrepreneurs

·         Knowledge of social innovation modelling and strategies

2. The ability to design and develop effective teaching,  learning and support pathways through and into the social economy ·         Teaching and learning pathway designing capabilities

·         Create individualised learning pathways focussed on social innovation

·         Establish effective support processes, policies and procedures for individualised learning experiences

·         Understanding of social enterprise pedagogies, service learning and community based enterprise development

·         Knowledge of learning pathway design, structuring and application within a social economy context

·         Understanding of effective learning support strategies for effective entrepreneurial activities and social economy

3. The ability to design, develop and delivery effective business support within the social sector ·         Create effective support structures for emerging and new social entrepreneurs

·         Apply support activities to diverse social entrepreneurs and different social contexts

·         Establish support structures for all aspects of social enterprise management (visioning, finance and funding, marketing, social networking, innovation management, impact analysis, etc.)


·         Knowledge of business and entrepreneurial support activities

·         Understanding of effectiveness of different support processes and procedures and when and how to apply them effectively

·         Wide understanding of all aspects of effective social enterprise management and how to support social enterprise start-ups in all these areas

4. The ability to create, develop and provide growth and sustainability strategic planning and delivery for social enterprises ·         Create an effective start-up and growth ecosystem for social enterprises

·         Establish effective trajectories for nurturing effective social enterprises

·         Develop coherent and diverse sustainability frameworks for social enterprise innovation and social enterprise solutions

·         Understand how to develop an entrepreneurial support ecosystem

·         Knowledge and awareness of the need to apply diverse support strategies

·         Skills in developing effective sustainability activities and processes for different social innovation solutions and applications

5. The ability to identify and source funding opportunities and support submission strategies for social enterprises ·         Develop effective funding strategies for emerging and start-up social enterprises

·         Create training and development activities in funding submissions and other financially focussed activities

·         Establish a vibrant and effective funding stream for emerging and start-up social enterprises

·         Knowledge and awareness of a wide cross section of funding opportunities relevant to social entrepreneurs

·         Skills in designing and delivering funding and finance training activities

·         Knowledge and awareness of developing effective funding activities to create a funding pipeline

6. The ability to build local, regional, national and international networks and submission consortia to support social enterprise ecosystem development ·         Effective and appropriate networking skills

·         Create diverse networks that meet a mix of social innovation activities and solutions

·         Establishment of vibrant and active networks that support and nurture emerging and expanding social enterprises

·         Knowledge and skills in network creation and development

·         Skills in identification of suitable stakeholders to support social innovations, new and emerging social entrepreneurs

·         Skills in network management and support to promote effectiveness in supporting diverse social enterprises