Sites and companies should encourage new people into the industry, including creating opportunities for local unemployed people.
The Kotuku Environmental Labourer Project (KELP) is a social enterprise that takes suitable candidates proposed by Jobcentre Plus and skills them up for work in the construction and waste management sectors.
It can often be difficult for unskilled workers to start out in the construction industry due to health and safety legislation.
KELP’s training and work experience programme targets young unemployed people and gives the individuals basic health and safety and environmental qualifications that could be used to get into the construction and waste management sector.
Candidates take part in 2 week boot camps where they learn about sustainability and waste management. They also receive health and safety training and carry out practical tasks before sitting a CITB Health, safety and environment test for operatives, which if successful gives the candidate a CSCS Green card. Also during the boot camp the candidates spend 3 days on site to help them acclimatise to a work environment.
Having completed the boot camp, successful candidates are placed in full-time employment for 26 weeks, where they will be paid at least the minimum wage and receive regular visits to check on their progress.
KELP aim to recruit, interview, train and place in work 30 people per year who will be supported for up to 6 months, over the next couple of years.
To read an article about the Kotuku project, click below.