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Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

What Does This Mean for:


Parents/carers should explore and discuss options, and support young people in making informed decisions about post 16 pathways. Parents can find out more about the options available at the Adviza website.


From 2012 schools are required to provide impartial information, advice and guidance on the options available to young people and raise awareness of RPA particularly to those leaving school at 16. You can find out more about school’s duties by visiting the careers guidance and inspiration in schools document.


There are no duties on employers however you should encourage and support young people to enrol on accredited training.

If you employ a 16 or 17 year old for 20 hours or more a week, for 8 or more weeks consecutively there is a duty on that young person to participate in learning until at least their 18th birthday. The requirement is for the equivalent of 1 day per week, to gain an accredited qualification.

If you employ a young person and would be interested in offering training visit the National Apprenticeship website or the Elevate Me Slough website if you would benefit from advice and support.