The semi-annual event that shows off the construction industry by letting people go behind the hoardings onto building sites returns this October, and booking is open now.

The event, Open Doors 2021, shows off the construction industry and was set up to show off how varied and interesting a career in the trade can be, but it’s also an event that’s open to anyone interested in modern civil engineering. It’s also a fascinating opportunity, as anyone who has ever been on a building site or peered through the gaps in the fencing to see what’s going on will confirm.

Open Doors aims to change perceptions around construction and encourage the next generation to explore the wide range of opportunities available across the sector. Crucially, many roles are not based on-site, with companies requiring a back-office support network, front-of-house sales teams, and cutting-edge technical roles.

While construction work has an unfair lingering reputation of dodgy builders, in truth work on a modern construction site is a highly-skilled, and often highly paid job requiring a lot of specialised knowledge and with a seemingly unending supply of jobs.

Participants at the launch of Open Doors 2002

Since it started in 2016, over 1,000 sites across the UK have been listed through Open Doors. Schools and colleges are particularly encouraged to book a visit and open the eyes of their students to the careers available in their local community.

Bookings for Open Doors 2021 are now live, with visits set to take place between Monday 4th – Saturday 9th October 2021. Check attendance requirements for an event before booking, as some have limitations as to who can attend – such as school groups only, etc.

You can search for events in London, and across the UK here.

New sites will continue to be added throughout August and September, so keep an eye on the Open Doors website for up-to-date locations, as well as sites in your area.


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