Global Learning Lab









What is the Global Learning Lab?

The Global Learning Lab is the ‘engine’ of the Social Enterprise Academy.

It supports the development of the social enterprise movement by strengthening practitioner-led, peer learning. At a local and global level, it catalyses innovative, high quality, accredited programmes through a global community of facilitators, staff and partners.


What does the Global Learning Lab do?

 Strengthen Talent Development 

To continue serving our communities well, we need organisations to be sustainable and resilient, well-structured and well led with learning and development cultures.

To support this, the Global Learning Lab aims to raise the profile of learning and development, share new thinking and provide thought leadership, bringing a deeper understanding of the practice of learning and development, leadership and entrepreneurship to impact ecosystems around the world.  

A core principle of the Academy’s work is ‘share and learn in return’.

In Scotland, we have been bringing together practitioners from across the third sector, by facilitating an Organisational Development Forum. The forums are a collaborative and open space for third sector professionals with significant responsibility for organisational development and learning in their organisations to share good practice and explore new thinking and approaches, helping to strengthen organisations and develop their talent for the future.

Get in touch to join the OD Forum


 Innovate Learning & Development Programmes 

Drawing on our Global Community of Practice and from international research and insights, the Global Learning Lab designs and develops new learning and development programmes and resources. 

Our Global Community of Practice is made up of over 140 practitioner learning facilitators who share their experience, perspectives and local adaptations.

The Global Learning Lab also supports and encourages our local Hub teams to innovate programmes to meet the needs of their learners and their context.

Informed by new innovations, a core baseline of programmes that can be drawn on across the International Network is maintained and enhanced by the Learning Lab. Find out more about our core programmes here.


 Accredit Practice 

Many of our programmes are accredited, meaning learners can gain formal qualifications as recognition for their learning. Assessments focus on learning from work-based situations, helping learners to apply what they learn during their programme and beyond.

The Global Learning Lab is responsible for ensuring we retain our status as an ILM centre and continues to expand the Academy’s offering of credit rated programmes.

You can find out more about the qualifications we offer and the benefits of doing them here.

With the growing demand for accredited learning, the Global Learning Lab is also able to support other organisations who are considering accrediting their own programmes or training.

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 Assure Quality 

Offering high-quality, transformational learning experiences is at the heart of what we do. As a learning organisation, the Social Enterprise Academy aims to understand and demonstrate the difference we make and improve the impact of our model.

To assure the quality of our delivery, the Global Learning Lab works with our network of Hub teams to support the development of their Learning Facilitators and measure the impact of their programmes.

Linked to the Kirkpatrick model of learning evaluation, we track the contribution of our work at an individual, organisational and societal level.

Our work is independently evaluated every 3 years. You can find our latest impact report here