Booking is now open for Open Doors 2023, giving young people and those looking for a change of career the chance to visit construction sites across Great Britain from Monday 13 – Saturday 18 March 2023. Open Doors offers a unique insight into working in the construction industry and the wide range of career opportunities available.
This year’s Open Doors will see more than 150 construction sites, offices, factories and training centres opened up across England, Scotland and Wales, showcasing hundreds of different professions. Visitors can book their place now to go behind the hoardings on a variety of projects, including hospitals, schools and universities, theatres, libraries, viaducts, and production and training facilities.
Schools and colleges in particular are encouraged to book group visits and open the eyes of their students to the opportunities available in the sector, which include a diverse range of apprenticeships. New sites will continue to be added over the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Open Doors website for the latest projects in your local area.
Open Doors, which is delivered by Build UK working with a number of partners, aims to change perceptions of construction and encourage the next generation to explore opportunities across the sector, with a particular focus on the industry’s progress towards flexible working and helping the UK achieve net zero carbon.
Suzannah Nichol MBE, Chief Executive of Build UK, said: “People often look at the construction sector and think it is only for a certain type of person, but it’s for everybody, and Open Doors is a fantastic way to see that. There is nothing like actually going on site and watching the industry in action. So have a look at what’s on in your local area, book your visit today, and find out where a career in construction could take you!”
Suzanne Hardy, Head of Social Value (Construct) at Mace, added: “Finding your first step into the world of work is more important than ever, and Open Doors is the perfect way to see the diverse roles construction can offer – from hands-on building trades to design, architecture, finance and sales and marketing. We already have multiple visits planned with schools across our projects, so we know people have a real desire to learn more about the industry, understand the vital role it plays in the economy, and discover the opportunities available to them.”
Photography credit: High Speed Two (HS2) Limited