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Aussie social enterprise takes part in world-first social enterprise agreement in Scotland

The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship is the first Aussie social enterprise to be part of the world-first social enterprise agreement

A world-first social license has been signed in Scotland between the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) and the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE).

The 20-year agreement supports the Scottish Government’s strategy and funding for ‘Internationalising Social Enterprise’ through exporting their knowledge to the world. The license makes ACRE the first organisation, and Australia the first country, that SEA has licensed.

The structure builds a sustainable organisation with global member-ownership, responsive to addressing local needs.

“SEA is the world leader in providing transformational learning and development programs for people and organisations working for social purpose,” Matt Pfahlert, CEO of ACRE, said.

“The agreement is signed with the shared aim of ensuring learning and development in social enterprise models is affordable and available for social entrepreneurs, leaders with social purpose, their teams, and future generations working for social impact,” he said.

The agreement will give ACRE the opportunity to utilise the learning and development materials that SEA has developed over 14 years, delivering a broad range of programs in leadership, enterprise, social impact and learning.

ACRE exists to build a thriving rural Australia through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities. Acknowledging that a significant proportion of jobs young people are currently training for will not exist in 10-15 years, ACRE offers learning and development programs, community brokerage services, advice and support.

These programs allow ACRE to educate around the emerging model of social enterprise as a means of re-generating rural communities in Australia, particularly important when only 30 per cent of young Australians return to their rural communities after leaving for education and further training.

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