November 2012 is seeing an exclusive opportunity for the general public to take a look inside some of the UK’s most exciting construction sites
On the 9th and 10th November, across England, Scotland and Wales, 91 sites will be opening their doors for tours as part of a pilot project – ‘Open Doors’ - on behalf of the construction industry
The aim of Open Doors is to help show Construction in an exciting and engaging way while presenting some of the opportunities of working in such a dynamic industry. The project will also demonstrate the economical importance of the construction industry on a national and regional scale.
The UK Contractors Group (UKCG), CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) have all partnered together to trial this scheme.
Some of the sites included in the project are the Olympics Aquatic Centre by Balfour Beatty, Tate Modern extension by Mace, Skanska’s Brent Civic Centre in North London, Leeds Arena by BAM and Carillion’s Southmead Hospital in Bristol. These represent just some of the 23 major construction employers that are taking part in this year’s pilot.
Stephen Ratcliffe, Director, UK Contractors Group who was speaking on behalf of the Open Doors Partnership, commented: “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.
“‘Open Doors’ is a unique opportunity for the industry collectively to display the complexity and scope of modern construction projects and give people a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry today. It’s an exciting initiative which we hope will encourage more people to consider construction as a prospective career with good opportunities.
“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 will is certain to challenge perceptions.”
Protec International are doing their part in trying to help with the project by offering their clients who are taking part branded temporary protection materials to help keep the sites protected and safe throughout the duration of the project.
If you want more information on the contractors and sites taking part or want to register then visit http://www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk