Kier opens record 40 sites for Open Doors 2017 as it looks to attract the next generation

Careers in construction is the theme of this year's Open Doors Week 2017 with Kier opening a record 40 of its sites to the public as the regional builder reaffirms its commitment to recruiting the next generation of workers to the industry.

The regional builder has opened sites across the country from Aberdeen to Cornwall for this year's event, which runs until Saturday, including a key restoration at the Glasgow School of Art, developing student accommodation at the University of Northampton and a new build secondary school in Deal, Kent.

Nigel Brook, executive director for construction and infrastructure services, Kier, said: “This is the fifth year we’ve been involved in Open Doors and it’s our biggest one yet. We’re passionate about the opportunity this initiative gives to members of the public to see what goes on behind the hoardings, as well as the chance it presents for young people to learn about the industry we work in.

“With the well-documented skills shortage in the industry, this year’s theme is particularly appropriate as it gives us the opportunity to show the breadth and diversity of roles available.

“The Government’s recent commitment to T-levels, new technical qualifications for 16-19 year olds that will simplify vocational training in the UK, is being billed as the biggest overhaul of post-school education in decades. We need to make the most of this increased momentum in technical training by inspiring the next generation of civil engineers and construction workers into the industry. Open Doors is a great way for us all to start doing that.”

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