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.