Open Doors 2021 Inspiring people to pursue a career in construction
Delivered by Build UK, in partnership with the CITB (under the banner of Go Construct) and in association with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and Building magazine, the industry-wide Open Doors initiative goes behind the site hoardings to showcase the fantastic range of careers available in construction. This year’s event ran from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 October.
Welcoming prospective early careers talent, people considering a career change and those with a keen interest in construction, ISG's 10 project sites were spread across England, Scotland and Wales and covered a variety of sectors. From Japanese bank, SMBC, in London, all the way up to the Rosebank Distillery in Scotland, attendees across the UK had the chance to gain invaluable experience in understanding the journey of constructing a building, the thinking behind the innovative design process, the key job roles that are involved and the types of skills that can be gained from a career in the built environment.
Emma Brown, careers coordinator at Brentford School for Girls, whose sixth form students joined one of our tours at our Sky Labs project in London, said:
The session saw the panellists delve into more detail around the wide variety of roles that contribute to the project journey, and the different skills sets needed to work in construction. The panellists also discussed their own journeys and how they started in the industry, before contemplating the different pathways into construction, including giving key insights into apprenticeships and graduate schemes.
You can watch the full ‘More than a building’ panel session by clicking here.