Voting lines are now open for the "Real Apprentice"

Today, November the 25th is a key date for the Construction Youth Trust, as this is the day that our project, The Real Apprentice, will be pitted against another project from the Wales region in a public phone vote organised by the People’s Millions. At stake, a £50,000 award that could be used to change the lives of 12 young people in South Wales. We need the construction industry to back this worthwhile project and vote.

The all important voting telephone number is

0871 62 68 112

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.

But the best bit is that EVERYONE who participates will be a winner, given the chance via this project to gain greater confidence, marketable skills and relevant experience that they couldn't get elsewhere. This is a classic example of how the Construction Youth Trust helps disadvantaged young people on their journey to work.

REMEMBER you can vote up to 10 TIMES per landline/mobile. Lines open 9am on the 25th November, closing at midnight. Calls cost 10p from a BT Landline, other networks may vary