Entrepreneurial achievements celebrated at Social Enterprise Awards

Theresa McGowan, SQA Regional Manager, presents Vincent Spicer, Deputy Head Teacher at Castlebrae Community High School, with the the school's Social Enterprise in Education Award

Over the past year, over two hundred schools, colleges and community groups have set up student led social enterprises, thanks to a partnership between the Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Government. The Social Enterprise in Education Awards saw some of the best enterprises recognised for their success.

The enterprises not only develop young peoples’ employability and entrepreneurial skills, they also benefit local communities.

SQA attended the ceremony to present a Social Enterprise in Education Award to one such initiative. Castlebrae Community High School’s ‘Castle Kitchen’ is a hugely successful school-based restaurant that serves the local area.

Pupils at the Edinburgh based school manage the café whilst working towards their SQA Skills for Work Hospitality at National 4 (SCQF level 4). Students have tapped into the expertise of social entrepreneurs in the region, and their new found knowledge is going to good use, with profits from the Castle Kitchen going to local community groups.

Other thriving enterprises include a lunchtime disco in an elderly care home, a community pizza oven, and an initiative tackling bullying and alcohol abuse.

Theresa McGowan, SQA Regional Manager, said after presenting the award to Castlebrae Community High School: “By enabling young people to set up and run social enterprises, this initiative is helping to boost their confidence, equip them with new skills, and raise awareness of the positive impact these enterprises can have on our communities. Instilling an ethos of social enterprise in schools such as Castlebrae helps provide an environment in which the next generation of social entrepreneurs can flourish.”

SQA congratulates Castlebrae Community High School, as well as the other schools, colleges and community groups, on the success of their social enterprises.