Open Doors to encourage careers in construction

Four of the most prominent names in the construction industry have collaborated in order to launch a scheme to encourage members of the public to consider jobs in construction. Visitors will be given an insight into the complexity and scale of major construction projects through first-hand experience of a working site.

UK Contractors Group (UKCG), CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) have teamed up to launch Open Doors, which will run on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November at 91 different construction sites around the country.

The scheme has been designed in order to challenge stereotypes, raise the profile of the industry and encourage greater engagement with the public and local communities to attract talent into the industry, according the event’s website.

Attendees will be given a guided tour around a site in order to find out more about different careers in the sector and will be able to address questions to industry specialists.

Stephen Ratcliffe, director of UKCG and part of the partnership, said: “Construction is undergoing rapid change and needs to develop a skilled workforce to meet the challenges it faces.

“Nowadays construction is more about careers than jobs and the expected increase in demand for specialist and management roles in the next few years means that we need quality talent entering the industry now to fill these future positions.”

23 different construction employers are taking part in this innovative scheme, including Balfour Beatty, BAM and Carillion.

A number of high profile projects including the Olympics Aquatic Centre, the Tate Modern extension and Brent Civic Centre.

Visitors to Brent Civic Centre will be given the opportunity to learn about some of the complex features that have been implemented in order to encourage sustainability and reduce carbon emissions, as one of many sustainable projects opening to the public in November.

“The scheme will also allow the industry to engage with local communities and strengthen relationships at a local level. What the public will see is a skilled, sophisticated and progressive industry – the Open Doors weekend is certain to challenge perceptions,” added Mr Ratcliffe.

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