Employing 16-18 year olds

The Government has changed the law so that from summer 2013 all young people will have a duty to participate in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 (this will rise to their 18th birthday from summer 2015).

There are many ways in which a young person can participate including apprenticeships, full time courses at college / school / other learning provider or by working full time / part time / volunteering alongside accredited training. To find out more see Raising the Participation Age|External link.

There are no new legal duties on you as an employer and you are not required to give your employees time off for this training. However, a trained and qualified workforce has clear benefits for a business, and you could discuss with a young employee how their training could support your business needs and how you can support them to meet the requirement placed upon them to continue in education or training.

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Last Updated: 14/07/2015