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

Local authorities 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)
  • to secure sufficient suitable education provision

This guidance includes existing guidance on local authorities’ duty to provide targeted support to vulnerable young people (Section 68 of the ESA 2008). It will be reviewed by June 2014.

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