Oakmere Community College

Oakmere Community College offers a wide spectrum of work-based provision throughout Merseyside. Historically, it has had a relatively discreet profile despite achieving significant success with its largely pre-level 2 client group. However focus on this diligent and innovative provider is growing, particularly in light of the more creative ways it has developed to engage young people at risk of exclusion.

This year Oakmere celebrates 30 years helping disadvantaged young people into education, employment or training. Its clear aim continues to be the reduction of the NEET group, targeting young people at risk of exclusion, criminal involvement and substance abuse.

The college has expanded geographically to offer additional provision in Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley and Halton. Across all provision, positive destinations are above 60%, reaching 70% on some programmes, significantly above regional and national averages.


Foundation Learning, Moving On (17-19 engagement & progression), Gateway (pre-foundation learning providing vocational tasters).

Schools programmes delivered on-site and in schools (customised vocational programmes up to level 2).

Innovative, bespoke programmes eg Youth Inclusion programme, HMP Training & Enrichment programme

All supported by specialist support workers, IAG, enrichments, rewards and employability programmes.

Specialist sectors

Hair & beauty, motor vehicle, catering, functional skills, business administration, sports, dance, painting & decorating, plumbing, hard landscaping, plastering & tiling, joinery, sailing & diving

Strengths, achievements and expertise

  • owns and operates Merseyside’s only purpose-built diving and sailing school and an 18-berth, 76 foot sail training ship
  • took over Sefton Enterprises Ltd in Sept 2009, increasing its services to young people, and building on Sefton Enterprises’ notable success with the 14 to 16 year old cohort
  • enjoys productive partnership links with the Voluntary Learning Network (VOLA) enabling them to support smaller organisations who provide specialist services in disadvantaged communities
  • recently opened its new Unity 4 Walton centre in partnership with Liverpool Housing Trust which offers sports and dance training, and promotes health and fitness to the local community. The centre provides space for local residents’ groups to encourage community cohesion, including a youth club for young people with disabilities
  • has a well-established youth forum which allows young people from the community to influence the design and running of the college
  • has developed sources of commercial income to supplement funding, including running a high quality conference centre, offering charters on its training ship, hiring out excess office space, renting out car park space for football matches and providing professional diving instruction to the general public. Income generated in this way goes directly back into the college, enabling it to further meet the needs of its clients.
  • Over 80 staff
  • Matrix Award for IAG
  • Investor in People – 10 year continuous award
  • ISO 9001: 2008 accrediation for quality management systems
  • Took over Glaciere Sailing & Diving in 2008
  • Deliver programmes for the Football Foundation and the Home Office’s Tackling Knives Action Programme

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1300 young people in 2009/10
Main client group: pre-level 2


Oakmere Community College
Cherry Lane
Liverpool L4 6UG


0151 213 0194
Twitter: @OakmereC

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