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Post 16... going further

Raising the participation age

The introduction of Raising the Participation Age (RPA) will first affect those currently in Years 10 and 11 who will continue their education or training for a further academic year. From 2015 all young people will have to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday.

This is a new Government policy to give all young people the opportunity to develop their skills and qualifications.

Staying in education or training means that more young people will be qualified, with better job prospects and the opportunity for higher earnings. It will also increase the level of skills within the economy and help businesses to become more competitive.

Learning options

There is a wide range of high-quality learning options available in Hampshire at schools, colleges, training providers and employers offering apprenticeships. Most young people recognise the benefits of staying in education and training, with nine out of ten 16 and 17 year olds in Hampshire already in education or training.

Young people can choose from staying in full-time education, work-based learning such as an apprenticeship, or part-time training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteer for more than 20 hours a week.

Teachers and careers advisors are able to help young people decide on the best option for them.

Supporting young people

Hampshire County Council will be working with schools, colleges and partner agencies to identify the small number of young people who do not currently participate in education or training. We are committed to providing support to these young people to help them overcome barriers so they can access, and succeed in, post-16 education or training.

For young people who have particular difficulties, there are a range of alternative options available, including work trials and internships. Young people may be eligible for financial support to help them continue their learning through the Post-16 Bursary Scheme, or the County Council’s Post-16 Participation Support Scheme which helps young people from low income families with transport costs.

We are also working with local employers and training providers to increase the number of apprenticeships, and the Government is offering incentives to employers to set up schemes.

Employers recognise the value of recruiting young people and providing a training structure so that they can gain valuable professional qualifications which broadens their skills and experience.

Key points:

  • Affects young people born after 1 September 1996
  • Range of high-quality education and training available
  • Young people will be more qualified with better job prospects
  • Range of support available

From 2013, all young people will be required to stay in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 to support them in gaining skills and qualifications.

More information about education and training options in Hampshire, and the support for young people and employers, is available at YouthTube or call 0845 603 5620.