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Offering training to young people you employ

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If you employ young people, you need to know about new Government legislation which requires young people to participate in part-time training alongside their work.

  • all young people will have to stay in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17
  • From summer 2015, all young people will stay in education or training until their 18th birthday

Nearly 90% of 16 to 18 year olds in Hampshire already participate in education or training, and many of these also work part-time at the evenings, weekends or during holidays.

Ways young people can participate in education and training

There are a range of ways that young people can continue their education or training, including:

  • full-time education at a school, college or training provider (and work part-time alongside this)
  • work based learning such as an apprenticeship
  • part-time education or training if they are employed, self employed or volunteer for more than 20 hours or more per week. This training must be accredited and must be for a minimum of 280 hours over the course of a year – this is equivalent to around a day per week, but it can be taken flexibly

What does this mean for you as an employer?

As an employer of apprentices? There are no changes for you, as an apprenticeship is classed as continuing in training.

As an employer of other 16 and 17 year olds? young employees who work full-time are required to take part-time education or training alongside their work. There are no new legal duties on you as an employer and you are not required to give your employees time off for this training, but you may want to consider how you can support them to meet the requirement placed upon them.

The Government fully funds accredited training for 16 to 18 year olds. This includes training specific to your business needs, as well as English and maths. You are also free to design and fund training programmes of your own and work with awarding bodies to get these accredited, or consider becoming an awarding body yourself, for more information go to

What can you do to support the employment and training of young people in Hampshire?

  • Provide on the job training programmes that lead to recognised qualifications such as an apprenticeship. You may be eligible for a grant of £1,500 if you employ an apprentice.
  • Provide time for young employees to access off-site college based courses to develop knowledge and skills.
  • Host a traineeship to provide a placement opportunity for a young person, giving them the chance to experience the world of work and to develop the skills and confidence that employers need.
  • Provide work placements for young people in schools to help them gain an insight into careers in your industry.
  • A flier  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 399kB has been sent to all Year 10 and 11 students in Hampshire – you may also want to give it to young people that you employ.

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