Lottery funding used to secure training for London’s unemployed in the waste sector

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Lottery funding is to be directed into a training project to help young unemployed Londoners find long-term employment in the waste and recycling sector.

The funding, over a period of two-and-a-half years, will pay for ten employment courses which will give 60 unemployed candidates an opportunity to find work The Kotuku Environmental Labour Project (KELP) aims to train young unemployed people in basic skills and qualifications before matching them with work opportunities in the construction and waste management industries.

Waste JobsTraining days have been held at sites including London-based waste management firm Powerday’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in North West London, resulting in placements for two candidates.

Non-profit environmental consultancy Kotoku set up a pilot scheme last July, which also received Lottery funding, and the 60 per cent success rate for the completion of two courses prompted the latest award, which will take the project through to 2015.

After the training, candidates are then offered a 26-week fixed-term contract of employment in the waste or construction industry and are given support and advice to help with the transition to employment.

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