More than 30,000 extra 16-19 education places will be funded next year to cope with the raising of the participation age to 17 in 2013.

The Funding Statement,  released by the The Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) today to set out the funding available for 16-19 education and training for 2012-13, shows the government plans to fund 1,577,000 places.

This is up from the 1,543,000 learners they expect providers to have recruited in 2011/12 and it comes despite a reduction in 16-19 recruitment, as highlighted in surveys by Lsect and the Association of Colleges (AoC).

The government has also set out its capital funding for 16-19 provision, including more than £107 million available to meet maintenance and building needs of sixth form colleges and demographic pressures for new 16-19 places in schools, academies and sixth form colleges.

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