Raising the Participation Age


The participation age has been raised so that all young people in England are now required to continue in education or training until their eighteenth birthday.


Young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:


  • full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
  • full-time work or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with regulated part-time education or training (about one day per week)
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship


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