An increasing number of young people are choosing to go without school as they look to boost their incomes and become self-employed.
A study conducted by the Resolution Foundation has found that many young people would prefer to save money and not attend school than to pay for it.
The charity says the number of students in England who are self-funding their education is rising and that over the past year, over 20,000 students in the UK have started to take up this option.
But how much is too much for some?
This month the Resolution foundation released a new report titled ‘The Price of Self-Employment’ which found that some young people do not want to go to school, while others feel pressured to get in and out of school.
Some parents and teachers are calling for the government to set a limit on fees for those who want to earn more money in the workplace, as a way of raising more money to help the poor.
According to the Resolution charity, over half of young adults who have never attended school would prefer not to go, while another quarter would prefer it if they did go.
So why do young people feel so strongly about it?
Some students, especially those with no experience in education, feel that going to school is a step down from what they want.
“I want to get my qualifications to take me into the workforce.
That’s why I’m trying to work as a student,” said one 19-year-old student from Sheffield.
They feel they are under pressure to pay, even though the costs of attending school have risen by almost 60 per cent in the past five years.
This means they can’t afford to attend classes, which can be prohibitively expensive for many young workers.
However, many also feel that if they do attend classes they can save up to £500 a year.
With the cost of attending a university in the region of £15,000, it can be a daunting prospect for young people who don’t have the money to travel and spend time in the city.
These are the key factors driving many young graduates into self-employment, according to the research.
It’s also a big issue for the young unemployed.
In a survey by the Office for National Statistics, over a third of the 20-25-year old workers who were self-Employed in June 2017 said they felt pressured to find work, which was a huge concern for many.
Even though the average age of self-Workers is 28, many are struggling to find a job and some are even finding it difficult to make ends meet.
Another major factor for young workers is that their employers are often not offering the level of support they could have, and that can lead to a lot of them feeling pressured to work in a job that they feel they do not deserve.
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