Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

What does RPA mean?

From summer 2015, it’s all about young people engaging in education or training until their 18th birthday.

RPA stands for Raising the Participation Age. The Government has raised the age which young people need to continue in education or training. It isn’t about raising the school leaving age and it doesn’t mean young people can’t get a job. It’s all about continuing in learning - and young people have lots of choice about how to do this in the way that suits them best.