Raising the Participation Age (RPA)
The Government has increased the age for all young people in England to continue in education or training, to age 17 from 2013 and age 18 from 2015.
Young people currently in Year 11 and below are affected.
Raising the Participation Age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school; they will be able to choose one of the following options post-16:
- full-time education, such as school, college or home education
- an apprenticeship
- part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week).
To discover your options and help you choose your future, visit the College sites at:
You can also search for courses across Leeds by visiting:
Go to www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk to look at job profiles and the qualifications you might need, or visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk to find out about apprenticeship entry requirements and search for vacancies.