WARRINGTON is the second highest place in the country for helping young people stay in education and training after high school.

Provisional data shows 98 per cent of 16 and 17 year olds still at college or training and Warrington Borough Council is using the figures to remind young people they are required to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year when they turn 17.

From the summer of 2015 under a Government scheme called raising the participation age (RPA) this will apply to people until they turn 18.

Clr Colin Froggatt, executive board member for children and young people’s services said: “This is excellent news for the council and for young people in Warrington.

“We are committed to ensuring all young people have access to support and advice about their next steps and we want to help them plan ahead.

“We have a legal requirement to meet this criteria now so if you’re a young person who is out of education or training, and you’re under 18, please get in touch with our careers service who can point you in the right direction.”

For further information on RPA or for help and advice contact the Warrington Careers for Young People service on 424900.