Third Sector Quality Recognition

Third Sector organisations such as social enterprises, charities, co-operatives, trusts and many types of voluntary sector organisations face two major barriers in their aspirations to become self reliant. Many of these organisations are encouraged to bid or write proposals to fund their specialist community activities. Regrettably, for many who would like to pursue this pathway to sustainability, the application documentation requires the organisation to demonstrate:- 

  1. Staff’s competence, with qualifications relevant to their major activities, and this often applies to both paid and voluntary workers.
  2. Insurance to cover activities the workers will be undertaking, for example advice, mentoring, training, management skills as well as offering guidance on grants or loan applications. 

These two major barriers preclude many excellent Third Sector organisations from achieving bidding success. 

SEAL is a SFEDI Centre of Excellence for business support and has endorsed quality programmes which can eliminate these two major barriers. 

We have accreditation programmes for employed or voluntary:-

  1. Business Advisers
  2.  Business Mentors 
  3. Mentor Managers,
  4. Co-ordinators or Staff    
  5. Social Enterprise Advisers
  6.  Social Enterprise Managers, Co-ordinators or Staff 

People achieving these professional business support qualifications are then eligible to apply to the relevant professional body for membership.They are also able to apply for Professional Indemnity Insurance, or their organisation can apply for company insurance cover. 

The programmes are practical and directly related to the worker’s role. The portfolio of evidence is built from the working activities and assessment of competence is undertaken in the workplace, which requires the worker to demonstrate competence in a real life situation.

Guidance is provided on completing the:-   

  1. Business Advice - units 2,3,5 and 7     
  2.  Mentoring - units 19 and 20     
  3. Social Enterprise - units 16, 17 and 18. 

Portfolio and evidence gathering is backed by a candidate pack, which includes a CD-Rom with the facility to e-mail directly to the designated tutor or assessor. 

SEAL can help candidates gain recognition for their skills, commitment and achieve a SFEDI / SEAL endorsed accredited certificate that states the business support standard that best matches their skills.  

Opportunity to be a SEAL Delivered Centre 

SEAL encourages organisations that have the facility, staff and training expertise to become a satellite centre and deliver with SEAL these qualifications locally.  

We currently work with business support or regeneration organisations in several parts of the UK to deliver these programmes locally. 

SEAL is a DTI approved Enterprise Agency and one of the founder members of the National Network of Enterprise Agencies with local links that may assist your centre’s application.   

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