Helping young unemployed Londoners into long term employment in waste and construction.

Kotuku and Powerday’s highly successful scheme equips candidates with basic skills and qualifications and matches them with work opportunities in the construction and waste industries.

Set up by Andrew Pears, Managing Director of environmental consultancy Kotuku, KELP has achieved an 80% success rate for candidate employment, significantly higher than Government Back to Work schemes. From the first course, training has included a day at Powerday’s Materials Recycling Facility in Willesden Junction, along with site visits, practical and classroom work. Powerday has also provided work opportunities for successful candidates and placed them at a number of clients.

Since July 2012, KELP has run 14 courses in which 104 candidates completed the two week training. 87 candidates have qualified as Environmental Labourers by gaining their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and certificate of environmental awareness. 93 candidates have been placed in full time employment and 108 candidates received mentoring and further training, a key part of the scheme which has contributed significantly to its success rate.