The latest Kotuku Environmental Labourer Project (KELP) candidates visited Powerday last week to learn about the world of waste.

The Kotuku Environmental Labourer Project (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, hosting training days at Old Oak Sidings and providing placements for a number of successful candidates.

The fourth intake saw six more candidates inspired by their introduction to the world of waste and tour of the largest Materials Recycling Facility in Southern England as part of their two week training course.

KELP trainee, Ryan Price says: "It was a real eye-opener to how construction waste is actually managed. I thought waste was just landfilled, I didn't realise it had a value and can be recycled so efficiently. I was expecting the site to be smelly and untidy but was surprised at how neat and professionally it was run."

Sales & Marketing Director, Simon Little who gave a presentation and tour said: "It's great to have the opportunity to introduce the next generation of waste managers to the industry and to play our part in helping young unemployed Londoners on to the job ladder".

Companies interested in supporting the project and offering future placements should contact Andrew Pears at