The Construction Youth Trust needs YOUR vote

The Construction Youth Trust is delighted one of our projects, “The Real Apprentice – “You’re Hired””, has been short listed for the People’s Millions, a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV. The project will compete for funds with another community project on ITV Wales regional news on the 25th of November 2009.

The project is based on the BBC TV show, The Apprentice, and will involve 12 young people aged 18-25 renovating two houses from start to finish. The Trust is reliant on the funding of £50,000 to run this project in South Wales next year and offer 12 young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) the opportunity over 10 weeks to gain skills and experience in construction trades, project management, surveying, interior design and sustainable training.

During this period the participants skills will be judged by key construction professionals and at the end of the 10 weeks the winners will be offered an apprenticeship with a construction firm. Supported by key partners within the construction industry this project will give all the youths that take part the opportunity to learn more about the construction industry and the confidence to continue on the apprenticeship path.

To help The Real Apprentice - 'Your Hired' win funding you must vote by phone between 9am and midnight on 25 Nov 2009. The voting phone number will be advertised on www.peoplesmillions.org.uk and in the Daily Mirror on the day. A short video about this project and the competing project will also be shown on the ITV regional news between 6.00pm and 6.30pm.

Lisa Nelmes Wales Manager says “This is an exciting project linked with key regional partners and will provide a unique learning opportunity for those involved. At the end the project the winner will receive an apprenticeship, plus we hope it will give all of the young people who take part the motivation to seek opportunities in further training or employment”

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Notes to editors

1) CYT 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 and employment the Trust’s work effectively tackles social exclusion and related disadvantage. www.constructionyouth.org.uk

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) For pictures please contact the Communications team on 020 7227 4560.