Raising Participation Age

Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

This means that all young people are encouraged to stay in ‘education and training’ until the age of 18 years old and was introduced in government legislation 2013.

This does not mean that young people have to remain at school but rather they will have a variety of education and training opportunities to consider. These opportunities will form part of their Careers guidance during school.

Students must do one of the following until they are 18:

  • stay in full-time education, for example at a college
  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training


The advantages of this is that young people continue to develop their skills and continue to study this in turn will help them to be better equipped to enter employment and manage their own careers.

 The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to support young people most in need and who are entering education or training.

For more information contact www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-young-people-16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide

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