Open Doors to encourage careers in construction

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The Open Doors’ recently restored website is now available for Build UK members to upload the construction sites they will be opening around the country as part of Open Doors 2018

Open Doors, which is delivered by Build UK in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is part of the Inspiring Construction campaign, and will see Build UK members open live construction sites and offices for the public to go ‘behind the scenes’, allowing them to showcase the huge variety of careers available in the industry.

Prior to the event, which is taking place from 19-24 March 2018, Build UK is encouraging its members from across the construction supply chain to participate by registering their projects, offices and training centres on the Open Doors website which will be ready for visitors to book their visits from January.

This year’s event saw over 5,000 visitor bookings across 209 construction sites in England, Scotland and Wales. Open Doors seeks to inspire young people and career changers to consider and explore exciting careers in construction. Feedback from this year’s event identified that 83% said they would consider careers in construction as a result of their visit.

For 2018, Build UK and the Open Doors partners, CITB, and CSCS are aiming to continue to build on the success of previous years’ and enable even more people to go behind the scenes to experience valuable insights into construction.

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:

“We are extremely proud of the fantastic success of Open Doors 2017 and look forward to another record-breaking year in 2018. Open Doors is a fantastic initiative highlighting the exciting work that our industry is undertaking in cities, towns and local communities across the country. We can’t wait to get started and look forward to our members’ opening as many sites as possible!”

Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of CITB added:

“We are delighted to be partnering up with Build UK once again for Open Doors. We know that once people get to see how exciting being on a live construction site is, and the huge range of professions and trades that work together, they see the industry in a new light.

“I would encourage as many contractors as possible to open up their sites to the public and showcase the wide range of opportunities available in construction.”

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