YOUNG UNEMPLOYED BENEFIT FROM ST GEORGE VISIT

The latest Kotuku Environmental Labour Project (KELP) candidates visited Powerday’s Materials Recycling Facility last month and followed the visit with a day at Powerday’s client St George.

KELP aims to help young unemployed Londoners into long term employment by equipping them with basic skills and qualifications, and matching them with work opportunities in the construction and waste management industries. Powerday has supported the initiative since the first course was delivered in July 2012 and has now developed a partnership with St George to supply long term work opportunities.

This was the first time the division of the Berkeley Group that specialises in regenerating high profile London sites has been involved in the scheme. The twelve candidates visited St George’s site at Battersea Reach where they experienced life on a live construction site with a tour of the award winning riverside development and talks regarding site safety and developing a career within construction.

Frank Spraggs, Work Place Co-ordinator, St George says: “St George has a clear commitment to sustainability including creating positions for the long term unemployed. We were extremely pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in this project and wish the candidates every success with their careers in the construction industry”.

The visit was facilitated by Powerday. Simon Little, Sales & Marketing Director says:

“The candidates were hugely impressed by Battersea Reach, particularly by the staff and the high level of organisation on site. Powerday and KELP are very grateful to those at St George who enabled this visit to happen.”