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16-19 Learning and Skills Funding

Learning for 16-19 years olds is funded by the Education and Skills Agency (ESFA) via Sixth Form Colleges, FE Colleges and training providers.

The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. This is known as Raising the Participation Age (RPA).  This means young people must continue in education or training until they are 18 via one of the following options:

  • Full-time education, e.g. school, college or learning provider
  • Work-based learning, e.g. an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Part-time education or training e.g. if employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
Find out more about how 16 to 19 funding is allocated to colleges, providers, schools and academies please by viewing the Government Guidance or call our Business Development Team on 0300 999 1177.