Isle of Wight Social Enterprise
Did you know that Rapanui have helped hundreds of young people get placements, qualifications and full time jobs since January 2014?
We've been called a social enterprise. But what is a social enterprise? We think of it as a business that has social impact linked to the business core goals. The bigger the business gets, the bigger the social impact. Behind the scenes at Rapanui, we do a lot of stuff for youth unemployment on the Isle of Wight, which as a county has, at the time of writing, one of the highest rates of youth unemployment and the second lowest GDP per capita for a UK.
Social Ventures in 10 seconds
A social venture is a business that creates positive social change as well as profit. In our case it means thinking differently about the way that we recruit, train and invest in staff on the Isle of Wight. The Island where we're based was considered an economic black spot as far back as 2003 and the financial crisis didn't improve things. Our award-winning apprenticeship academy gives young unemployed Islanders isn't about handouts, it's about giving young people a hand up, to build a lasting high skilled high growth career. Find out more
Rapanui's social impact gives the company an advantage from marketing to improved productivity and lower staff turnover.
Social Enterprise: Isn't that for charities?
Rapanui started with two brothers in their early twenties stuck in youth unemployment despite good degrees with the idea: If you can't find a job, make one.
The Isle of Wight has the highest rate of youth unemployment and second lowest GDP per capita of any UK county. Rapanui now gives job opportunities, work experience, training and startup help to 18-25 year olds on the Island.
Rapanui is recognised as a leader in social impact ventures, recently appearing in a government video.
What is Social Investment?Our online store features a range of award-winning organic cotton and bamboo clothing that funds great social impact right here in the UK