A Construction Youth Trust project that helps young Welsh people enter the construction industry has been shortlisted in the ‘best education project’ category in the National Lottery Awards

Trainers employed by Construction for Communities tour Welsh towns in a mobile classroom and improve young people’s skills by delivering a series of basic courses in tiling, use of tools, plastering, carpentry, health and safety and more. Over the past year 1,200 young people have taken part in the courses.

Public voting for the awards is open until 10 July (vote at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk). The three projects with the most votes in each category will progress to the final round of public voting, beginning on 3 August.

Also doing its bit for the UK’s youth, Willmott Dixon has linked up with drug and alcohol education charity DARE to help promote safe and healthy lifestyles for children at the many schools it builds.

Willmott Dixon will provide financial backing for DARE, which runs programmes to help pupils understand the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse. The Nottinghamshire-based charity works in more than 280 schools, mostly in the Midlands, and reaches more than 10,000 children every year.

‘Thanks to the link-up with Willmott Dixon, we can become much more self-reliant, which is important in the current economic climate as we need to be less dependent on random donations. This gives us a platform to take our message to more schools,’ said DARE’s chief executive Dave Gilbert.