Build UK: Get involved in Open Doors

Suzannah Nichol_BuildUKBuild UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry and at Build UK, we are committed to inspiring young people to take a look at the fantastic opportunities in construction, attract those looking for a career change, whilst also retaining and developing our existing workforce.

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A recent report by Redrow suggests that half of school age children have never been given any information on possible jobs in construction by teachers or careers advisors. But construction is a vibrant and exciting industry which transforms communities by building the homes, hospitals, roads and office buildings that we all need to live full and happy lives.

Let’s take the building of Branston High School as an example. Being developed by Build UK members Seddon, the High School is part of the sustainable urban extension for Burton-upon-Trent.

“Half of school age children have never been given any information on possible jobs in construction by teachers or careers advisors.”

Following the development of the A38 Growth corridor, there will be a new business park creating up to 3,800 jobs, 2,500 new homes, an 80 bedroom hotel, restaurants, sports and recreational facilities along with the High School. This project will bring huge employment and housing improvements to the local area and play a major part in Staffordshire’s economic success.

To inspire young people and career changers into our industry, we need to showcase the range of careers available and demonstrate the powerful impact that construction has on local economies.

“To inspire young people and career changers into our industry, we need to showcase the range of careers available.”

One way the industry is responding to young people’s need to know more about a career in construction is Open Doors. Open Doors sees Build UK members open their construction projects and offices to the public to go ‘behind the scenes’ and showcase the huge variety of careers available in the industry

Running from Monday 27 March to Saturday 1 April, members of the public are now able to book their place on a fantastic project near them. This includes Lendlease’s International Quarter in London, Kier’s EALC Kilmarnock Campus in Scotland, Seddon’s Branston High School in Burton-on-Trent, and Willmott Dixon’s Menai Science Park in Wales.

By showing what really goes on behind the hoardings and allowing people to experience the buzz and excitement of a working site we hope to capture the imagination of the next generation of construction workers and encourage them to seek out an exciting career in our industry.


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