There’s a steep rise in the number of young people going freelance, yet many universities still don’t educate them about self-employment
Entrepreneurship is a hot topic within universities, and there are innovative programmes helping guide the next generation of business founders. But many students are still not accessing the support needed to go it alone.
The student population has the potential to drive the UK’s boom in self-employment – since 2008 there has been a 66% increase in the number of 16- to 29-year-olds going freelance. But just 1% of freelancers learnt about self-employment in school or college and 2% in university, according to ComRes research last year. More must be done so that young people recognise self-employment as a viable career path.