All young people must continue in training or learning until their 18th birthday. You may hear this called raising the participation age or RPA. If you're aged 16 or 17 and not back at college, in school, or starting an apprenticeship, then you can expect to receive a phone call from the Oxfordshire County Council Youth Engagement and Opportunities Team asking what your plans are for this year.
Here to help
If college and school don't appeal and you are not yet ready for an apprenticeship, then there are lots of other great options, which are flexible and can be tailored to suit you. Local training providers can help:
- SOFEA provide traineeships and on-the-job training that can be tailored to anyone, even if they are a long way from being work-ready.
- Yellow Submarine can support young people and young adults with learning difficulties to gain the confidence and capability they need for the workplace
- Synolos have courses, traineeships and work experience suitable to inspire and motivate no matter what level they are starting from
These are just three options; there are many more across the county and beyond.
If I'm not in learning, what should I do?
If you are aged 16-17 and not in learning, you need to take action.
First of all - don't panic. There is something out there which will suit you. Then:
- Register so we know you need support
- Check our opportunities lists and sign up to receive alerts
- Contact local learning providers - you can start with the three above
National Citizen Service
If you're worried about the new term, and whether you are going to stick with your learning, the National Citizen Service Autumn Programme can help you focus, make new friends, and do something awesome. Sign up today!