Raising the Participation Age (RPA) and why Apprenticeships are a viable option – #apprenticeships.
Many parents and young people are mis-informed about the Raising the Participation Age (RPA) regulations when they come fully into play this summer, leaving some to believe compulsory education has been extended to 18. This is not the case. The regulations are being put in place to ensure our young people have opportunities available to them to increase their skills, knowledge and employablility. The options are:
– Staying on at school
– Going to university
– Participating in a vocational ‘Study programme’ with a training provider, school or college
– Working in a job as an apprentice
– Working in a job with formal training attached
In the latest edition of the new ‘Apprenticeship Magazine’, London Mayor, Boris Johnson, says “Everyone wins with an apprenticeship”. He’s referring to the boom in take up of apprenticeship places by young people and is urging all businesses to get on-board as apprenticeships help firms to build loyal workforces and increase their productivity. For young people, especially those affected by the new RPA rules and those that feel staying on at school is not the right option for them, apprenticeships give them the opportunity to improve their skills and employability and set them on the right path of forging successful long-term careers.
In the April 2013 edition of the CIPD’s ‘People Management’ magazine, their article ‘You’re hired: making stars of apprentices’ says poor careers advice means school-leavers and young people affected by the RPA regulations are missing out on the benefits of apprenticeships. They go on to say that it’s not enough to convince employers apprenticeships are a good idea, schools and employers need to reach out to parents and make sure they and their children have enough information about alternatives to staying on at school or going to university. Not enough parents and children are informed about the apprenticeship options and they seem to have very little advice and guidance about the options available to them under the RPA regulations.
So in a nutshell, the Raising the Participation Age (RPA) regulations say that all young people under the age of 18 must be actively participating in education and training but this does not mean compulsory education. Apprenticeships are a viable option and are available across a wide scope of career choices – check them out at www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
Here at ITEC, we have nearly 30 years experience in providing vocational training for young people. We also offer job search for our apprentices, helping them with the hard work of finding that all important first job. Some of our employers have generations of ITEC learners and today’s apprentices are being trained by yesterday’s successful learners. Check out our apprenticeship opportunities at www.iteclearntech.co.uk. Over the next few blogs I will case study some successful ITEC apprentices and tell you their stories …. Watch this space!