Raising The Participation Age


Raising The Participation Age

Over recent years, opportunities for unskilled workers have been disappearing rapidly leaving young people with no formal qualifications finding it harder and harder to gain work, let alone a foothold in a lifelong career. Continuing in learning or training over the age of 16 will help them develop the skills they need to succeed and progress in their education and careers.

Therefore, the government are raising the participation age for compulsory education or training from 2013, and all young people in England will be required to remain in learning until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. This will increase to 18 from September 2015.

This does not, however, mean that they have to stay in school, or that they cannot get a full time job, but any job they do get would have to have an element of training, such as an apprenticeship or other accredited training course.

This will have an impact on anyone who employs a 16 or 17 year old for 20 hours or more a week and for eight or more weeks consecutively. It means that employers will need to

  • Provide 16 and 17 years olds with training towards a recognised qualification, or
  • Check that they are enrolled in part-time learning before they begin work

As Apprenticeships are not currently offered on a part time basis, this may affect your current recruitment process, but there is a lot of help available for any business looking to recruit an Apprentice. For instance, you may be eligible for a Small Employer Apprenticeship Incentive, or a range of other benefits and funding.

Don’t forget, an Apprentice will enrich and invigorate your business, bringing in fresh ideas and energy, and we are always on hand for any advice; please call me on 01635 35975 or email Rachel@wbtc-uk.com