Knowsley Enterprise Academy


Knowsley Enterprise Academy (KEA) is a charity that focuses on working with young people from Knowsley and the wider area of Merseyside. The charity was set up in 2002 by its parent company, Knowsley Development Trust. The trust own and manage North Mersey Business Centre, comprising of 100,000 sq. ft. of industrial and office space, rented to over 100 businesses.  

The Academy works with students aged 4 to 24 years on a number of projects to support them, their families, schools our local community in general. We run specialised courses and projects tailored to the requirements of the participants. The idea being to assess the skills shortage of the individual, and provide the student with a plan to increase skills confidence and employability. 

We are currently working on developing projects that will decrease the number of NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people within the borough of Knowsley. By offering innovative projects and working closely with local businesses, we are developing the skills and confidence of young people with the primary aim of getting them into a meaningful progression route, property. 

Since being established in 2002, KEA has worked with over 8000 young people on a range of projects.

The academic and employment statistics for the Knowsley borough are consistently below that of the national average. Over the past 14 years of operation, KEA has worked with every school in Knowsley on a range of employability and educational projects in order to assist the local learning provisions by offering alternative education and learning methods. We know that there is talent within the area and that as an organisation we need an innovative approach to capture and utilise this. 

Moving with the times, in 2009 we set up NeetTV as a direct response to the digital age of mobile phone technology, websites like YouTube and social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Young people engage with technology and we have made of 50 films with local young people. All of which have a positive message and do not conform to any negative stereotypes or feature violence or adult themes.

Young people in poverty within the borough is 10.9% higher than average for England with nearly twice as many people claiming benefits than there are nationally and with us being the lowest performing borough with regards to GCSE qualifications during 2015 nationally, then it is no wonder the motivation of these young people is dwindling.

Many of our young people do have a traditional nuclear family and even more struggle to find an example of a successful role model to guide them into training or employment which is why we are currently trying, as an organisation, to source ‘mentors’ for young people to ensure they know about opportunities that may be available within the area, feel confident enough to put themselves forward for these opportunities and be comfortable enough to both enhance and evidence their skills.

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