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Creating a workforce development model : a social enterprise/private sector partnership in the delivery of children and adult care services

  • Brown, Angela
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
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Social enterprise has been afforded a high profile by the UK government as a vehicle for enabling economic and social regeneration. The opportunity offered to social enterprise organisations to bid for public sector contracts has been growing with both the last and current government. This raises questions of viability, coherence and governance of social enterprises to address community problems. This report examines a private sector third sector partnership in the North East of England which has delivered commissioned children's services. The private sector company history is tracked from inception in 1999, through the creation of a limited company delivering bespoke and accredited training in childcare. In 2011 the company extended the offer of training to include adult care, and is currently working on innovative programmes to respond to the policy agenda on workforce development and personalisation in adult services. In 2006 the private company set up a separate distinct social enterprise company employing the people whom it had trained in response to unemployment within the ex student body. Whilst much has been written about social enterprise potential to answer local problems of regeneration, this report examines a narrative journey from the perspective of the people within the social enterprise organisation. The questions focus on the people within the company; a journey from student to business owner, and considers the process, relationships and effects of collaborative working between organisations founded on rather different principles of operation. These relationships are explored with public sector procurement in a local authority to ascertain the benefits and disadvantages for sustainability and potential new markets. The report reflects upon the development of practice from private sector business, to a model which interacts with social enterprise and concludes that for the majority of third sector organisations the attempt to become a vehicle for economic and social generation is overly ambitious. The intention of the research is to establish a national model of private sector initiated social enterprise companies linked to training, workforce development and design, with an offer to commissioned services within local authorities. The approach of the doctoral report in structuring a mode of enquiry which enables a framework and articulates a process has been a powerful tool for change. / EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service / GB / United Kingdom

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