A survey in 2016 revealed that 82% of 16-21 year olds are interested in starting their own business. The research, on behalf of qualification awarding body ABE, asked a selection of young people, about their future plans. Four out of five said that they either plan to, or are considering starting a business. Four percent of those surveyed said that they have already launched one. The proportion interested would be even higher if some of the barriers, such as lack of knowledge or financial issues were to be removed.
If you are the sort of person who would love to be your own boss, we’d be really interested in talking to you during your visit to Skills London. You may have a great idea for a new product or service. You may plan to use the work-skills gained from an apprenticeship course to start up a small business. You know that you are dedicated enough to succeed and are excited by the challenge of running your own business enterprise.
Television programmes such as Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice have made the idea of self-employment very popular. Famous entrepreneurs, including Londoner Sir Alan Sugar, are as famous as sports and film stars - there have even been Hollywood films made about Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and Apple Co-Founder, Steve Jobs! You may also be inspired to “have a go” after reading the enterprising stories of those who have taken part in the London Leaders programme.
If self-employment is something you would be interested in, visit us in the Careers and Enterprise Zone at Skills London or get some inspiration from the website of the Prince’s Trust.