Increasing the participation of 16-24 year olds in learning and employment not only makes a lasting difference to their individual lives, but is central to our ambitions to improve social mobility and stimulate economic growth.
In Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers, we committed to publish a new cross-government strategy to maximise the participation of 16-24 year olds in education, training and work.
Building Engagement, Building Futures sets out how our radical reforms to schools, vocational education, skills and welfare provision will all make a significant difference to young people’s opportunities and support.
The Government recognises that in some areas we need to go further, in particular to help the most vulnerable young people at risk of long-term disengagement. The strategy sets out our new commitments to additional support through more Apprenticeships for young people and through our new Youth Contract.
Our existing reforms and this additional support will help to ensure that all young people can develop the skills, qualifications and experience they need – to succeed in their careers and make a positive contribution to our society and economy.
Alongside creating the conditions for balanced and sustainable growth in the wider economy, the strategy sets out our five priorities for action to maximise the proportion of 16-24 year olds who are participating in education, training and work:
The strategy also announces a new phase of Raising the Participation Age (RPA) locally-led delivery projects. This phase will start in April 2012 and run until March 2013.
These projects are designed to enable local areas to develop and test their approaches to increasing participation and delivering RPA, and to share learning with other areas in the build up to full participation.
Please have a look at the full information on the locally-led delivery projects and the specification for expressions of interest.
The participation strategy.