Statutory guidance

Participation of young people: education, employment and training

Statutory guidance for local authorities on their duties relating to the participation of young people in education, employment or training.

Applies to England


Participation of young people in education, employment or training


This statutory guidance is for:

  • local authority (LA) staff involved in the commissioning and delivery of education and training provision for young people (16- and 17-year-olds)
  • LA staff responsible for promoting participation of young people, and tracking and supporting young people’s activity

LAs must follow this guidance when:

  • carrying out duties relating to raising the participation age and promoting participation of vulnerable young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • securing sufficient suitable education provision

Statutory guidance sets out what local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Published 20 March 2013
Last updated 20 October 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated statutory guidance to reflect legislative changes and the relaxation of the requirement for local authorities to track 18-year-olds.

  2. Added information about guidance review in 2015.

  3. Updated information for 16- to 18-year-olds in the 'Participation of young people in education, employment or training' document.

  4. First published.