The Government has said that by September 2015 all young people must remain in learning until their 18th birthday. 17 year olds must already be in learning. This is called Raising Participation Age or sometimes you will hear it called RPA. This breaking news video made by young people will tell you everything you need to know about RPA but to help you a little more, these are some of the questions we are asked by young people.

What’s in it for you?

FACT: the longer you remain in learning, the more you are likely to earn.

FACT: More choice in the jobs market. Employers say that too many young people are unable to apply literacy, numeracy and IT skills in the workplace. If you carry on learning these skills, you will increase your chance of getting the job you want.

FACT: The more skills you have the more options you will have too.

Your options

RPA does not mean you must stay on at school. You have different options and picking the right one for you is the most important thing to think about. You must choose one of these:

  • Full-time education: this is likely to mean a school Sixth Form, a Further Education College, a Sixth Form College or a Training Provider.
  • Apprenticeship: work based learning combines paid work with on-the job training and getting a qualification. Very often a job offer happens at the end. Most of an apprentice’s training takes place on the job. Off the job, often on a day release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. This can take place in a local college or specialist training organisation. The amount of time spent on off-the-job training depends on the apprenticeship.
  • Employment of volunteering with part-time education or accredited training: you can also work or volunteer as long as you undertake part-time education or an accredited training course for at least a day a week (or its equivalent). This applies if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours per week

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