NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of young men are sleeping on the streets of Queens Sunday night for a shot at a job.

CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported they are waiting for an application to the Plumbers Union Apprenticeship Program. One thousand applications are handed out in order Monday morning. After tests and interviews, only a percentage are accepted to the five-year program.

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“It’s a long shot, so hopefully I get it,” Anthony Hughes said.

Signs on the training center tell applicants not to camp out, but if they listen, they don’t really have a shot, like Mauricio Cruz who showed up Sunday afternoon. 

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“I walked up, added every chair and three for every tent and came out to 1,226,” Cruz said. “I know I’m after that. It’s insane. I don’t know if I’m gonna wait.”

Many of the applicants waited through the rain on Saturday and the stifling heat on Sunday. Most are already plumbers looking for a promotion.

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“The ‘A’ guys top out at $67 an hour. The ‘B’ guys top out at $40 an hour,” Anthony Sala said.