The Employment Minister said that school leavers should consider starting their own business when they leave school instead of going to university. Esther McVey said that for many teenagers, becoming their own boss is a better option than starting a job with a large firm. She said that she wanted to encourage people who had a small idea to pursue it, instead of feeling pressured into attending university.
McVey, who was recently promoted in the Cabinet reshuffle believes that young people who choose to become apprentices or self employed are of equal worth to those who pursue a degree. She said that the Conservative party should be championing all young people’s career choices- be it self employment, apprenticeship or university. In a previous interview, she urged young people to get their first job ‘as soon as possible’, as it can provide not just money but a new range of skills that will assist them in later life.
Mcvey said that first jobs also help youngsters to decide what they want to do. They may try out retail, or office work and decide that they would rather be outdoors, or creating something. They may also decide that they prefer to use practical skills rather than working using their mind.
Recent figures showed that more than 30 million people are in a job, a million more than last year. Unemployment has also fallen by over 120,000 to 2.12 million, the lowest figure since 2009. Other figures provided by the Office of National Statistics shows that the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance fell last month. In addition to this, almost five million people were self employed, the highest since records began in 1992, with more than 400,00 becoming self employed in the last year alone.