Future Construction Workers Enrol In ‘Open Doors’ Scheme

Construction workers of the future are being given unparalleled access into day to day life in the industry through the ‘Open Doors’ scheme which is now underway.

The project will provide the next generation of building professionals with an opportunity to go to 130 leading construction sites across the UK.

A joint venture between Build UK and CITB, the scheme was launched by former builder and TV personality Jon Clark.

The star of Love Island and The Only Way is Essex, Clark started out in the industry at his dad’s company.

Summit House was the site chosen for the launch of the scheme, which is a low carbon office block situated London’s city centre and is currently being refitted by Willmott Dixon.

Open Doors, which will run until Saturday June 18, will provide behind the scenes access for thousands of prospective construction workers at some of the UK’s most renowned construction sites.

Included in the chosen sites are Manchester’s Proton Beam Therapy Centre and London’s new Design Museum.

Furthermore, an Edinburgh children’s hospital and a state of the art school and sports facility in Wales will also be welcoming visitors.

The project has been launched after CITB research indicated that we will soon see the creation of 230,000 new jobs in the UK construction industry over the course of the next five years.

Data from the report by the Construction Skills Network shows that the creation of jobs in the construction industry will be driven by a series of exciting projects, including the £500 million redevelopment of Birmingham City Centre and the £200 million X1 Media City development in Salford Quays.

Jon Clark said that he felt great to be back on site and that the construction industry is a great one to be part of.

He encouraged people to become part of the Open Doors scheme to become inspired to pursue a career in the industry.


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