There has been a noticeable increase in the number of young people considering setting up their own business in recent years, according to new research.
Figures from a survey by Enterprise Education Trust show that in 2001, 33 per cent of young people expressed a desire to establish a new business start-up. This rose to 43 per cent in 2003, 45 per cent in 2004 and 53 per cent in 2005.
A 2005 survey carried out by City and Guilds also revealed that 49 per cent of Britains young people would rather set up their own business rather than work for someone else.
Enterprise Education Trust commended television programmes like The Apprentice and Dragons Den for bringing "business to the attention of young people" and showing them how "glamorous and exciting it can be".
The organisation also stressed that enterprise could be the way forward and learning about business and being entrepreneurial is important due to changes in society.
Catherine Swift, spokesperson for Enterprise Education Trust, said: "Many companies dont have the huge structures that they used to, so there are fewer planned career routes.
"If you are ambitious and want to get ahead in life you need to be able to see every opportunity. Enterprise could be the way forward if you cant find what you are looking for."
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