Raising the Participation Age

Were you born on or after 1st September 1997?

If so, you will now be expected to stay in some form of 'learning' until the end of the academic year in which you turn 18. This is referred to as ‘Raising the Participation Age’ or RPA.  All young people will stay in learning until their 18th birthday or achieve a level 3 qualification such as 2 A-levels, or similar.

What this means for you

You can choose one of the following:

- Become an Apprentice

- Remain in full time education, such as school or college

- Be employed, self-employed, a volunteer (including caring) or in an internship for at least 20 hours a week for more than 8 weeks and attend part-time learning for the equivalent of one day per week.

Why is this better for you?  

You will have better job prospects and increased earnings over your lifetime. For example, getting a level 3 Apprenticeship increases earnings by an estimated £105,000 and a level 2 Apprenticeship by £73,000.

The opportunities for unskilled work are shrinking drastically and your learning will help you compete and hold down work in the future.

Are you able to get a job?

Yes, earning and learning might be the right choice for you. If you are not on an Apprenticeship you will need to either:

- Train towards an accredited qualification as part of your job, or

- Enrol on an accredited part-time course for the equivalent of one day per week, off the job.

Where can I find out more?

For further information and the various learning options ask your tutor about speaking to Mrs Lewington, Forest's Careers Lead.