Raising the Participation Age
The Education and Skills Act 2008 means that,
from 2013, all young people must stay in education or
training until the end of the academic year in which they turn
17, and until at least their 18th birthday from 2015.
The change in law is intended to lead these young
people to achieve national qualifications.
Are you an employer? Read the implications for businesses employing young people.
Raising the Participation Age (RPA) to age 18
does not mean raising the school-leaving age. Young people will not
have to stay in school; they will be able to choose one of the
following main routes open to them:
- Full time education eg. school, college or
- Work-based learning eg. an Apprenticeship
- Part-time training alongside working or
volunteering, for more than 20 hours per week
Learning Community Roadshow
Staff involved with Foundation Learning and Raising the
Participation Age recently joined forces to promote the
opportunities available to young people post 16. Find out more information
Provision of Post-16 Education and Training:
Under the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act
2009, local authorities assumed responsibility for commissioning
suitable education and training for all 16-19 year olds from the
academic year 2011/12.More
What's Happening in Worcestershire?
Find out what is happening in
Worcestershire RPA Toolkit
Download our toolkit here.
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This page was last reviewed 16 May 2013 at 15:27.
The page is next due for review 12 November 2014.