Too many graduates, not enough jobs: In many countries around the world, more and more young people are graduating from universities – and then discovering that it isn’t easy to find a job.
This week’s News Report discusses the problem of graduate unemployment in India and China, and its social effects. This News Report includes some examples of the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.
The Taj Mahal in your living room: Would you like to visit the Taj Mahal, without leaving your home?
In this week’s News Report you will hear about new technology, which will soon allow users to take ‘virtual tours’ of popular landmarks like the Taj Mahal – and you’ll also hear some examples of defining relative clauses, with words like ‘who’, ‘which’, and ‘that’.
Entrepreneurial Spark: Let’s take a break from the weather and listen to News Report. Today we can hear all about a successful project to help entrepreneurs develop their business.
A scheme started to help entrepreneurs survive the first few years in business is reporting an almost 90% success rate.
Entrepreneurial Spark (or ‘E-Spark’) is a business incubator scheme. It already has bases in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayrshire. An 86% survival rate in its first three years means it may start to support start-ups elsewhere in the UK from February.
The programme provides mentoring and support services for entrepreneurs who are just starting out, as well as networking opportunities to help them in their first year in business.
Companies are required to move on from the so-called ‘hatchery‘ units after an initial phase, creating space for new recruits.
Turnover for firms supported by E-Spark topped £35m in 2014, with the scheme creating more than 1,000 jobs over the three years.
Investment has totalled £18m since E-Spark was established in 2011. It had reached £8m by the end of 2013.
A total of 280 firms received assistance in the first two years, growing to 350 by 2014.
Almost 500 jobs were created by the companies in 2014. They have together registered 386 patents.
The E-Spark model for supporting start-up firms is now being applied in other parts of the UK. Hatcheries could open soon in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff and Belfast.
The roll-out will continue to have the backing of Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest.
a person who starts their own company, often in a new industry
a plan or system to help something grow and develop
the percentage of a group that continues to exist
a business which has recently been started
give someone advice or training over a period of time
meet people who might be helpful to you in your work
a building on a farm, where large numbers of chickens or other animals hatch out of their eggs
first; at the beginning
new member of an organisation
the amount of money a business takes in a particular period
exceed; be more than
the legal right to make and/or sell an invention for a certain amount of time
making a new product available for the first time
Experimental schools of the 1970s: In most schools, pupils have to follow the rules, behave well, and study hard. But in the ‘free schools’ of 1970s Britain, there were no rules, and often there were no lessons either.
This week’s News Report this week tells the story of Maureen Breen, a pupil at one of these schools. She talks about her experiences at the school and we hear what happened to her after she left.
You’ll hear some examples of used to + verb – try practising your pronunciation by pausing the audio when you hear used to + verb, and repeat the sentence a couple of times.
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