In the latter part of 2015 Edinburgh Social Enterprise hosted a visit from Swedish social enterprise, Urkraft. Travelling from Skellefteå , a city of around 40000 people located at the entry to Swedish Lapland in the north of the country, the visitors listened to presentations by social entrepreneurs and visited three social enterprise locations in the centre of Edinburgh.
Urkraft is a social enterprise largely focused on delivering holistic employability projects to various groups that lie furthest from the local labour market. The organisation was established in 1988 by four social workers who left their job in the city council to address what they saw as a pressing local need. They observed high levels of youth unemployment in the area and set out to create a new system around these individuals, as opposed to trying to fit them into the pre-existing system.
Find out more about Urkraft here.