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Study Examines Preference of Work Over Education Related Debt


A survey of around 9,000 UK school students in years 7−13, found that the principal reason for not entering further education was wanting to earn money straight away, swiftly followed by not wishing to get into debt.

The findings come from the trendence School Leaver Study. The research also found that university-bound students focused on longer term career aspects, such as needing to get a qualification for their hopeful future vocation and believing that attending higher education would ensure a ‘better’ job. Research showed that for university-bound students the recent increase in tuition fees had little impact on this decision.

“What is immediately noticeable in our findings is that the core drivers behind the decision-making process of work-bound students and university-bound students are completely different,” said David Palmer, trendence UK research manager. “Companies offering work-based training or apprenticeships may do well to focus on students’ financial concerns, whereas universities and similar higher education institutes could do better by speaking to their career ambitions.”