The Strategy-Train Learning Paths

The SESP course will be composed of three different paths, which will be integrated in a holistic training concept. The three paths include:

The Mentoring Path

The mentor as a trainer meet learners (5/6 managers) at four seminars, to: complement the other elements of the course; support learners who may be at different stages; easily adapt learning to the needs of the learners; provide “practical” experience; to know/discuss social enterprises cases and success stories. The roles are: animate seminars, clearing up doubts on SESP training development, interchanging experiences and facilitate the case studies discussion, invite company’s representatives with success stories in the strategic management.

The mentor as a tutor: Attendance at distance the pedagogical of a unique learner, providing general support, making regular contacts, giving feedback; incentive a virtual support group, integrating all learners. The roles are: clarification of expectations, stimulation of learner’s motivation, learner’s attendance and supervision, animation of the forum online, advising, adapting, discussing the learning modules, giving feedback, assessment.

The mentoring includes finally activities which are based on direct advising and consulting. These activities include only the mentor and the learner in private on site meetings at the SE location. The focus of these activities is direct consulting work, tailored exactly for the respective SE. Additionally to providing support and feedback on a one basis throughout SESP course the mentor will be available for the definition of the learning contract (based on the diagnostic tool) and for the provision of assistance to the SE during the formulation of their specific strategy.

The Individual Path

This path concentrates on individual learning using the platform and corresponding support material. It includes de 7 modules and the diagnostic tool of the SESP course. The individual path is where most of the information and theoretic background and learning material can be found. The content of these modules will be provided on an e-platform to allow for self paced training, which can be done by the learners whenever they have time available. The material is presented in a very concise way, focusing on explaining the more central concepts of social entrepreneurship and facilitate by a mentoring support.

Each module will tackle one specific area of social entrepreneurship management, as strategy, human resources, marketing, leadership, creativity and innovation and green policy for SEs.

The Group Path

This path includes peer group activities. The formation of these groups is a very central element in SESP train. Peer groups should be quite small to allow for intensive mentor support and for in-depth knowledge exchange. The path includes four face to face seminar units, where the participants can work on their knowledge but also (perhaps even more importantly) on their strategy plans for the each Social Enterprises they are working on. The group will also exchange contacts and should support and call upon each other. The peer group support will also be facilitated through the exchange of ideas and corresponding feedback. In this way the social enterprise managers can learn from each other and synergies in social enterprise’ strategy development process can be optimally used.

These three paths together form the curriculum of SESP training course and will be based in the following principles: to improve the readiness and qualifications to help the managers of SEs in order to strengthen their business management capacity and according to identified learning needs; combining the process of self-based learning with online support, face to face sessions (in seminars) and on-site mentoring; and conceiving the modules in a way that it can preview a individual learning pathways according to the identified learning needs.