RPA: Raising the Participation Age 

We keep hearing this so there are some questions out there that want answers. So here are a few of the most asked questions with answers.

What is Raising the Participation Age?

Very soon young people will need to stay in learning longer. This is called Raising The Participation Age or RPA.

Who will benefit?

If you are due to complete year 11 in 2013 you will be the first to benefit from these changes. You will remain in learning for one extra academic year.
If you are due to complete in year 11 in 2014 onwards you will remain in learning until you are 18 years old.

Why is it Changing?

It is proven that young people who stay in learning for longer have more opportunities and financial successes in life than those who don't remain in learning. We want to make sure that you all achieve your full potential. We are excited about helping you to prepare for working life.

What Are My Choices?

You will be able to choose from one of the following options:
  • Stay at school
  • Go to college
  • Find an apprenticeship
  • Work at least 20 hours per week and gain qualifications
  • Volunteer at least 20 hours a week and gain qualifications
You WILL NOT be able to leave year 11 and
  • Be unemployed
  • Be employed without any training or working towards a qualification

Where can I find out more?

  • Ask at school
  • Call into Jules and speak to an advisor or ring 01572 758 301
  • Talk to parents
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