What is Raising the Participation Age (RPA)?
The law has recently changed and from September 2013 all young
people will need to stay in some form of learning until they
are 17 after Year 11. Those who finish Year 11 from
September 2014 onwards will need to continue in learning until they
Does this mean staying at school until
the age of 18?
This is not about raising the school leaving age
or staying on at school or college. There are
a range of other learning opportunities available including
Apprenticeships, or part time study alongside employment or
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What does this mean for young
It means you should start planning
ahead as you will be in learning until the age of 17
or 18. So you need to:-
Talk to your parents, friends and school about what these
changes mean for you.
Start thinking about what sort of learning will suit
you best and help you achieve your long term career
aims. Remaining in learning and gaining further
qualifications will help you longer term with better career
and employment prospects.
What does this mean for parents and carers?
Encourage your son/daughter to think about their
plans for the future and what options would be most
Support them by attending Parents Evenings and events at school
to find out more.
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Raising the Participation Age - A Brief Guide for Parents
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What does this mean for employers?
Consider offering an apprenticeship to a 16 or 17 year
old. Check out the Apprenticeships
website for more details.
If you are employing a 16 or 17 year old more than 20 hours
per week for more than eight weeks, and are not providing
accredited training yourselves, you will be required to check
that the young person is enrolled on accredited
learning for the equivalent of a day a week. If they are not
involved in learning, you will need to agree reasonable hours
of work so they can access this elsewhere. You do not
have to check their attendance or pay them whilst learning.
You could also offer work experience, work pairing,
internships, employer visits and mock interviews to young people
aged 16 and 17. If you think you might be interested contact
Peterborough Skills Service.