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GRE English Comprehension Test 8

Originally founded in 1982 to train unemployed youth in small hand skill craft workshops, this project provides occupational and entrepreneurial skills as an alternative to traditional manufacturing jobs. Beginning with glass engraving and sign writing, FACE now offers training in more than 200 hand skill occupations, including antique restoration, clothing manufacturing, graphic design, masonry, sail making, specialist joinery, weaving, and wood turning.

Funded through the Youth Training Scheme, FACE provides 800 training places in the west and northeast of England under the premise that even if the young people cant secure employment, they at least will have the skills to create their own businesses.

Based on its experience, FACE has developed, with the Royal Society of Arts, a Certificate in Small Business and Enterprise Skills. The aim of the certificate is to develop the basic skills of enterprise across a range of occupational sectors, within small business and in general employment and which are applicable in a wide range of personal and social contexts outside work.

Competencies include self-evaluation, decision making, initiative taking, resource and time management, opportunism and self-motivation, problem solving, and learning-to-learn skills, as well as communication and number skills vital to personal effectiveness.


What is the overall purpose of the FACE project?

to engrave glass
to train unemployed youth
to provide manufacturing jobs
to write signs
None of these


Which of the following is not an example of a hand skill craft occupation?

wood turning
sail making
robotic assembly
None of these


How can young people best secure employment northeast of England?

by creating new enterprises
by joining the Royal Society of Arts
by engaging in traditional manufacturing
by obtaining a Certificate in Small Business
None of these


Who helped FACE develop the Certificate in Small Business and Enterprise Skills?

hand skill workshops
Youth Training Scheme
west and northeast England
Royal Society of Arts
None of these


Which competency is not included in training for the Certificate?

anger management
decision making
problem solving
None of these


What wording in the text suggests that FACE does not expect its graduates to find traditional employment, even after completing their training?

develop the basic skills
an alternative to traditional manufacturing jobs
train unemployed youth in small hand skill craft workshops
in general employment
None of these