Building a winning future for young people

The Construction Youth Trust is celebrating today after winning £50,000 of Big Lottery Fund money from The People’s Millions TV contest in Wales. The Trust scored the highest number of runner-up votes during voting last week for our project “The Real Apprentice, You’re Hired” and has been awarded a bonus grant of £50,000 making us the fifth and final winner of this year’s competition.

Supporters of the Trust voted in their thousands and viewers from across the region tuned in to watch the head-to-head contest for the cash on ITV Wales on Wednesday 25 November.

Lisa Nelmes, Wales Manager said “We are delighted at the result and would like to thank everyone who voted for the project and helped create a buzz around this great initiative.”

She added, ”This is the start of an exciting project that has the potential to make a big difference to young people and the communities of South Wales. It is a ten week project and we will make sure our supporters are kept up to date with the progress of the young people”

The project is based in part on the concept behind the popular TV show 'The Apprentice' but with a special construction twist, this will make a difference to the lives of 12 young people where by they will be set the challenge to renovate two houses from start to finish. The work will be tough, but it will build the candidates' skills and confidence. They will be supervised and supported by the Construction Youth Trust and our expert trainers and construction professionals.

In the process of renovating these homes the young people will gain skills in building, project management, surveying, interior design and sustainable construction. The winner - chosen on the basis of their effort, commitment, determination and talent - will be offered a much sought-after apprenticeship within the construction industry. The first phase winner in the Rhondda will be offered an apprenticeship by Connaught Academy and in the second phase the winner in Newport will be offered an apprenticeship by Newport City Homes.

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Notes to editors:

1) Since the launch of People’s Millions in 2005, the aim of the contest has been to fund projects that improve the quality of life of local communities through transforming the local environment.

2) Over the last year, the Construction Youth Trust has delivered tasters to over 1,200 young people in South Wales, 90% of whom have progressed into further skills, education, employment or training.

3) The Construction Youth Trust achieves its goals by undertaking a number of programmes ranging from individual bursaries to construction skills courses, and from work placement schemes to guidance sessions. By helping individuals to gain training & employment the Trust's work effectively tackles social exclusion and related disadvantage. www.constructionyouth.org.uk