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Are you a social entrepreneur looking to enhance your leadership skills?

2nd August 2011

Cosmic is now, officially a College of the University of Plymouth and offers the first nationally accredited course for Leaders in Social Enterprise. The Pioneer Programme provides the tailored personal development and organisational support that Social Entrepreneurs need to benefit themselves and their organisation.

Participants will gain a 60 credit University of Plymouth Certificate of Professional Development, leadership in Social Enterprise Level 5.

The Pioneer Programme is delivered over the academic year and offers a flexible programme of learning including a range of workshops, lectures, reflective practice and a two day Residential.

Deadline for enrolment Friday 9th September 2011.

“At the start of the programme we had five volunteers and were dreaming of growing the company into a successful model. The company now employs 30 staff and we are currently recruiting another 20, all thanks to the Pioneer Programme.”
Keith Davies, Pioneer 2010, Right Time Foundation

Courses – take place in venues convenient to students and on dates which match busy working schedules. There will be 5×1 day modules covering topics as diverse as Performance Improvement to Strategic Marketing.

Dates – Induction dates – 22nd September 2011 with monthly module workshops to be held from Oct 2011 – April 2012. The 2 day Residential to be held 24th/25th November 2011. These dates are subject to confirmation.

Entry requirements - No formal qualifications are needed, but students will need to have a very good standard of general education together with excellent communication and motivational skills.

How much does it cost? The programme fee is £2000 per student + University of Plymouth enrolment fees. Payment to be received at the beginning of the programme.

Is there any funding available? You may be eligible for £1,000 grant towards the cost of the course, for information about Social Enterprise Leadership grants – please follow the link to

Interested? Contact Bridget on 0845 094 6108 for a further chat or visit our Pioneer website

Apply now by filling in an application form and return to Bridget Meadows, Project Administrator at or post to Pioneer 2011, Cosmic HQ, East Devon Business Centre, Heathpark Way, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1SF.