Social Firms Scotland facilitates the Employability SEN – a support network specifically for social enterprise delivering employability outcomes. The SEN was developed in response to the needs of the sector to ensure a distinct identity, strong representational voice and influencing capacity for social enterprises in the employability arena.

Its overarching purpose is to increase understanding of the existing and potential role of social enterprise in delivering on Scotland’s employability agenda and to ensure the sector’s skills, knowledge, expertise and engagement, particularly with people furthest from the labour market, is recognised and valued.


The aims of this thematic SEN are:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of social enterprises and their contribution to Scotland’s employability landscape
  • Provide an effective voice for social enterprise on employability
  • Provide a proactive information service that is valued by members
  • Provide a focal point to highlight and share emerging policy information and business opportunities in a timely manner
  • Promote collaboration and co-production – encouraging partnership working across sectors
  • Bring a strong and distinct social enterprise focus to complement, inform and strengthen existing employability fora

The vision is of a growing community of frontline social enterprises across Scotland – connected and energised through a network of Networks. There are 6 thematic SENs: Health, Community Food, Tourism, Sport, Cultural and Employability.


The Employability SEN is open to any SE code-compliant enterprise delivering employability outcomes, and is free to join. Contact Jayne for further information.

Membership of the Employability SEN is currently over 215, the majority of which are small, locally based enterprises from across urban and rural Scotland.  


Briefing Papers

Briefing Paper: Reuse, Repair & Recycling Social Enterprises – Employment
Our latest Briefing Paper highlights the significant role that Reuse, Repair and Recycling social enterprises play in using their activities to create pathways to work and real jobs for people furthest from the labour market.

It profiles 4 member Social Firms – Glasgow Wood Recycling, Kintyre Recycling, LAMH Recycle and Spruce Carpets – working in a variety of industry sectors, managing waste resources at a local level through recycling, reuse, repair and waste reduction activities.

These case studies give a flavour of how these members meet both environmental and social objectives.

  • Creating a more sustainable society by helping reduce waste and save resources
  • Creating a fairer, more equitable society by providing employment, training and meaningful activity for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and socially excluded individuals.

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Briefing Paper: Halving the Disability Employment Gap – The role of Social Firms

The aim of this briefing is to showcase how Social Firms can support Government’s ambition to at least halve the disability employment gap by 2038. It profiles 5 Social Firms working in a variety of industry sectors, providing a range of services and support to people with disabilities. These case studies give a flavour of how our members increase the employability and crucially, the employment of disabled people. Featuring; Spoon Cafes (run by Unity) (Glasgow); Solstice Nurseries (Aberdeen); UCAN-Learn.Work.Live (Kilmarnock); Craigsfarm Community Development Project (Livingston); and COPE (Shetland).

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Briefing Paper: Year of Young People (#YOYP2018) – The role of Social Firms

This briefing profiles the work our members do in supporting some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and socially excluded young people; creating pathways to work and actual jobs for young people furthest from the labour market. It includes case studies of: YES Works, Stirling Community Enterprise, and FareShare Glasgow and West of Scotland.

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Recent Newsletters
Consultation Responses
Consultation Response: ‘Fair Work and Employment Support – A social enterprise perspective’
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Consultation Response: Employability Support Services
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Consultation Response: The Apprenticeship Levy
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