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Students in Hampshire among the most supported in the Country

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Students in Hampshire among the most supported in the Country

Published at 3:25pm 20th February 2017.

If your child is studying in Hampshire - they are getting some of the best support in the country. 

It is as 97% of Hampshire’s 16 and 17 year olds secured a further education or training placement for the start of the 2016/17 academic year.

That puts Hampshire County Council as one of the best performing authorities in the country at supporting young people to stay in education or training.

Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar said: “Supporting young people to continue their education or training is one of our key priorities, and I’m very proud of our success in this area, supported by schools, parents and carers.

"With almost 27,000 young people turning 16 or 17 years old in Hampshire last year, we have a bigger need to meet than most other local authorities in England.

"Nonetheless we are exceeding both the national average, and the performance of all other authorities in England that have a similar number of young people."

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Hampshire is one of only seven authority areas in England that had more than 20,000 young people to support.

Of these it also had the highest number of young people entering further education or training.

Councillor Peter Edgar added: “Of course we cannot be complacent about our strong performance and we will continue to push for even more opportunities for young people - not just in colleges, but in apprenticeships, traineeships and other learning programmes that give young people the skills they will need to help them enjoy successful, lifelong employment.

"We also work with local industry and economic partners to help target learning towards local skills needs, ensuring that young people can contribute to the local economy, as well as securing their futures.”

A young person reaching the age of 16 or 17 is entitled to an offer of a place in education or training the following year, by the end of September.

It is known as the ‘September Guarantee’.

Local authorities are required to lead its process for all 16 year olds educated in their area, and for all 17 year olds living in their area.

As well as tracking and monitoring what young people decide to do they identify young people who have not yet made firm decisions, and works closely with education and training providers to help find the right place for them.

According to The Department for Education Hampshire performed significantly above the national average of 94.5% in doing this.

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