The YPLA champions young people's learning by providing financial support to young learners; by funding Academies, general FE and sixth form colleges, and other 16 - 19 providers; and supporting local authorities to commission suitable education and training opportunities for all 16 - 19 year olds.
Partnering local authorities in their responsibility for the education and training of around 1.6 million 16 - 19 year olds is one of the key areas of our work. And we are paying particular attention to the needs of learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and other vulnerable groups.
Providing a stable platform for the expansion of the Academies programme is the second of our big three areas. Here we provide the funding directly and we are supporting the number of local Academies to grow to 300 by the start of the new academic year (September 2010). The longer term target is 400.
Providing direct financial support for young learners is the other key area of our work. Mainly through the provision of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), we are currently helping around 750,000 young people to stay in learning and realise their potential.
Read more about the YPLA's responsibilities
Read the YPLA Annual Plan 2010/11