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2011050220110831Seven unemployed men compete to win a builder's apprenticeship in South Wales.|Jon Manel follows their progress, and explores how our concept of apprenticeship has changed over centuries.|The charity Construction Youth Trust took its Real Apprentice scheme to Newport in the summer of 2010.|Seven young people who weren't in education or employment were put to work on a building site, redeveloping two flats.|The best performer won an apprenticeship with Newport City Homes.|Jon Manel watches the competition and hears about the contestants' experience of trying to find work.|But what can the winner expect of his apprenticeship? And how does the experience of today's apprentices compare to that of their predecessors decades - even centuries - ago?|Jon meets a manager at Tata Steel - formerly British Steel - in Port Talbot, who is still with the company nearly forty years after he joined as an apprentice.|And then we go back nearly six hundred years to discover the story of a fifteenth century butcher's apprentice from Newbury, recorded in a document in the Berkshire Record Office.|Alison Fuller from Southampton University gives a potted history of how the lives of apprentices developed in the intervening years - for better and for worse.|Jon Manel investigates the world of the apprentice.