Workstudy schemes have been touted as a way to help young people get a foot on the job ladder but critics say they are just as costly to taxpayers as an education.
The government has committed to ending the Workstudy scheme by 2021 but it could be far longer.
The Workstudy Scheme is an employment scheme that pays up to £6,000 per week, but many students don’t get any of it.
Under the scheme, students pay into a fund which is used to help with tuition fees.
They also get support for their parents, if they’re unemployed or have a family hardship.
The scheme was introduced in the early 2000s and saw an increase in applications and numbers of applications to the scheme.
However, there is now widespread concern that the scheme has become a way for wealthy parents to help their children make ends meet while they study.
The Government has pledged to end the scheme in 2021, but there is growing concern that it could end up costing taxpayers more.
Under the scheme you can apply to work as a full-time student or part-time worker and pay into the fund.
However, it’s worth noting that you cannot pay into your Workstudy account and there is no way to take the money back to your parents if you lose your job or if you get sick.
The Workstudy programme was initially introduced to help under-25s, but has since been extended to all students.
The workstudy scheme is funded by a special income tax credit scheme, which has also been linked to a huge increase in the number of young people applying for work.
The National Institute for Work and Pensions has previously warned that the WorkStudy scheme is likely to become a ‘disincentive’ to work for many young people.
In fact, it is estimated that the government could be saving £1bn a year by ending the scheme entirely.
‘Dumb’ policies like the Work Study scheme have been widely criticised by the public.
One of the main criticisms of the scheme is that it is a form of ‘dumb’ work, as young people have been put in a situation where they are not eligible to work because they are working part-year and are not entitled to a work experience credit.
A recent study by the charity Demos found that the workstudy programme has been a ‘doomed’ failure, with more than 30,000 young people claiming Workstudy Credit, which pays up at the end of the workyear.
The researchers also found that a large number of students were not able to find work during the summer due to the Work study scheme, and were being forced to look for jobs on the fringes of the economy.
According to Demos, more than 10,000 students had not worked in a year and the government should be ‘thinking hard about how it can help young workers’.
But a spokesperson for the Department for Work, Universities and Skills said the scheme would continue to help those in need.
They said: ‘We know that work can be a challenging and challenging time, and we know that young people often struggle to find a job.’
We know from previous experience that Work Study helps to address some of those issues and it does so with a focus on young people, including young people who are currently in full- or part, full- time study.’
That’s why we are making a commitment to ensure that WorkStudy continues to work in its current way for the next five years.’
It will continue to be the first step in helping students find work and support to ensure they’re in the right place for a career and a career in education.’
In future years, we will continue supporting our graduates to work, with support including Work Study credit, in the UK’s apprenticeship and training system.’
The Government has also committed to supporting those who need it most, including those working in the NHS.
It also said it would provide extra help for students who are at risk of not getting work.
But many people are worried that the Government is making an ‘unfair’ decision to cut workstudy funding, especially when it comes to the young unemployed.
More than a million people in England are working and almost half of them are under-16s.
The number of under-18s working in full time education has risen from 12% to 17% since the Workstart scheme began in 2010.
‘This is a cruel and short-sighted policy and it is not just the young who will be hit by it.’
A lot of young adults in this age group are still not able, or unwilling, to get into the jobs they want and the fact that they don’t have the skills or the motivation to get in the workplace is putting a lot of pressure on them.’
These students need the help of those who can help them and they need the support of those with jobs and jobs in the economy that can help provide for them.’