Social enterprise or what used to be known as sheltered workshops are workshops for a select group of people. In the field of special education, these are given to adolescents and young adults with disabilities who have developing or developed skills than can still be further developed for them to gain employment and earn money for themselves. These are also given to people who belong to the slowly dwindling ethnic groups, or to those who have been unemployed for a long period of time.
Social enterprise aims to teach not just the skills needed for a particular job but vocational competence, business ethics, social and interpersonal relationships, environmental issues, funding and the different know-how in running a business, good work habits and attitudes as well as keeping the skills learned at par with the demands of the market.
There are several skills to be taught in a sheltered workshop: box making, personalized baby clothes, book binding, baking, encoding using computers, papier mache, light assembly, packaging, collating, making of accessories like bracelets and necklaces, cleaning tasks and other skills that would enable them to get employment or be a part of a business enterprise.
Would they deliver? That is the question anyone would want to ask. To this I answer, they are trained to do what they do, usually one skill where they are trained to work hard and encouraged to do error-free work. If someone trained to work as the person who wipes the tables at a fast food, he would be a good table wiper because that is what he was trained to do. Of course, we can not expect an error-free work habit although they have their support services and their life coach to turn to whenever they need help.
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