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.



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

This guidance includes existing guidance on LAs’ duty to provide targeted support to vulnerable young people (Section 68 of the ESA 2008). The Department for Education will review this guidance by September 2015 and may publish an updated version following this review.