Raising Participation Age
The government has raised the Participation Age and so those due to leave school in 2019 will need to remain in either education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.
Raising the Participation Age is not the same as raising the school leaving age.
Young people will be able to choose the best Post 16 option, and will be able to leave school after year 11 and consider the following options:
- Full-time Education – at a school Sixth Form, a General Further Education College (GFE)
- Supported Traineeship – at a local training provider or a college. This will give young people a minimum of six months of work placement and they will be supported by a work mentor
- Traineeship – at a local training provider or a college. This is for young people who want to develop practical skills through work experience lasting up to six months. It can lead to qualifications up to level 2
- Apprenticeship – this is done through an employer and leads to work based qualifications up to level 3
- Employment with Training – if employed, self-employed or volunteering full time (20 hours or more a week) but a young person must still be in learning for at least 280 hours a year, the equivalent of one day a week during term-time