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Kidlington building site in national Open Doors campaign to showcase modern construction and careers opportunities
Young people from Oxford and the surrounding area are being offered an exclusive opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at one of the regions ‘live’ building sites, as part of a national initiative to raise awareness of the career opportunities in construction.
The Open Doors Campaign, which is sponsored by Build UK and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is being supported locally by Clugston Construction who will be offering schools and colleges the opportunity to visit a scheme they are currently building in Kidlington.
By visiting the site, which is being built for Porthaven Care Homes, young people will be able to see all the different activities needed to design and construct a new 70 bed care home. Students considering a career in the construction sector will be able to learn first-hand about the world of construction.
Clugston Construction is one of 26 main contractors taking part in the Open Doors week from 27 March to 1 April, which has over 160 sites registered across England, Scotland and Wales.
Open Doors is an industry initiative to show the diverse and exciting range of career opportunities that construction has to offer, and the wide range of skills that need to come together to make building and infrastructure part of our everyday lives. It will also demonstrate the importance of construction to both the national and regional economies.
Paul Gouland, marketing director at Clugston Construction, commented, “The construction sector is undergoing rapid change and needs to develop a skilled, diverse workforce to meet these challenges whilst maintaining its position as one of the UK’s most dynamic, creative and important industries. Nowadays construction is more about careers than jobs and the expected increase in demand for management roles in the next few years means we need talented individuals to enter the industry now to fill future positions.”
Commenting on the national initiative Suzannah Nichols, Build UK chief executive, added: “If you are looking for a career which is diverse and challenging, you should look no further than construction. My journey from becoming an engineer and now working on behalf of the industry started from a site visit, and Open Doors enables you to take a closer look at some of the UK’s most exciting projects and experience for yourself what makes construction such a fantastic place to work.”
The Open Doors Weekend is a unique opportunity for the industry to display the complexity, excitement and scope of modern construction projects and give people a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry.
However, places will be limited so those interested are encouraged to visit the Open Doors website and register to secure their place: www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk