Raising the Participation Age (RPA)
The Government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015. This does not mean young people must stay in school; they will able to choose one of the following options post-16:
Full-time education, such as school, college or home education
Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed, volunteering or holding an office (e.g. Local Councillor) full-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week).
Schools and Colleges in Wiltshire are already working to raise awareness of RPA amongst their pupils, and in particular amongst those who are most likely to leave education at 16. Their efforts are two-fold; to promote good attendance of 16 and 17 year olds and to inform local authority support services if a young person (aged 16 or 17) has dropped out of learning. This is so the young person can be contacted swiftly and offered support to help them re-engage.
You as an employer need to be aware that all under 18s engaged in employment or volunteering should receive accredited training. You have a duty to ensure all under 18s receive a minimum of 280 hours (equivalent to approximately one day per week) accredited training The Government will pay for this training but the duty falls on you to make it available.
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South Wiltshire University Technical College (UTC)
University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are a brand new type of school
for 14-18 year-olds that are opening across the country. You learn
practical skills that employers want alongside academic subjects.
Opening in September 2015, South Wiltshire UTC in Salisbury will
focus on Science and Engineering and be open from 8.45am to 5.00pm for
40 weeks a year. This gives much more teaching time than most schools
and means you learn practical skills that employers want as well as
GCSEs and A Levels
The UTC is backed by the University of Southampton and by many of the
area's world class employers. Our teachers will use real challenges
from industry to bring your learning to life and experts from the
University and local employers will explain to you how they apply
Science and Engineering ideas.
For further information visit the UTC website: http://www.wiltshire-utc.co.uk/