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

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.