Raising the participation age (RPA)

What is RPA?

The Government has changed the law so that from the start of the 2013/14 academic year, all young people are required to continue in education or training either until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 or from summer 2015 this will be until their 18th birthday

What does this mean for me

The Government's guidance information will help you understand what this means for you, although it should be noted there will be no new legal duties on the employers of young people.

As an employer of apprentices? There are no other changes to be aware of as Apprenticeships count as a valid route in themselves for young people to continue their education.

As an employer of other 16 and 17 year olds? The vast majority of 16 and 17 year olds already continue in some form of education or training. Many of these young people will also be working part-time – in the evenings, at weekends or in the holidays, and this will be unaffected.

However, young employees who work full-time are required to take part-time education or training alongside their work. You may want to consider how you can support them to meet the requirement placed upon them.

For further details or to discuss training options available to you and your staff please call us on 0845 155 0043 (press 4) or email employers@centralsussex.ac.uk.

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