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Half of all British teenagers want to set up a business

ROLE MODEL: Jamal Edwards

MORE THAN half of Britain’s teenagers have thought about following in the footsteps of the likes of Jamal Edwards by setting up their own business as a way to avoid unemployment, new research has found.

The 22-year-old SB.TV founder and published author is the poster boy for creating your own opportunities at a time when approximately 959,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 are out of work.

He has successfully built a media empire as the founder of Britain’s biggest youth broadcaster.

A study conducted by the National Citizen Service (NCS) found that almost three quarters – 73 per cent – of British teenagers were worried about finding a good job.

And in a bid to avoid becoming a statistic, the majority of young people believed that entrepreneurship was the key to success.

But despite dreams of self-employment, seven out of ten teenagers did not believe they had the relevant skills they needed to run a successful business while six in ten felt they lacked leadership skills

A third of those polled cited ‘lack of confidence was a key challenge’.

Stephen Greene, chair of NCS Trust – who commissioned the survey – said he felt it was vital to help young people fulfil the ambitions they had for themselves.

“Whilst many young people are worried about their future, it’s great to see the positivity that this generation is showing by taking matters into their own hands,” he said.

“As confidence seems to be one of the major barriers that this generation has, we know that NCS helps teenagers get ahead, building the confidence and team skills they need, whilst adding to their CV and UCAS applications”.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) – backed by the Government – is a once in a lifetime opportunity for 16 to 17-year-olds in England that helps to boost confidence and build leadership and teamwork skills.

An evaluation report found that over nine in ten who took part in NCS felt they had developed useful skills for the future.

One of its flagship schemes is the chance to implement a social action project from start to finish.

Young people are given the opportunity to create, pitch and deliver a project which develops business skills, as well as give something back to the community.

Greene continued: “NCS allows teens to get involved and gain the tools, skills and belief to unlock their potential while making a positive impact in their communities. With fees for parents capped at just £50 or less, and bursaries available on a case-by-case basis, NCS also represents great value for money for parents.”

To find out more information about NCS visit Find them on, follow on Twitter @ncs or subscribe to NCSYes channel on YouTube.

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