Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Local construction site to Open Doors to public

Open Doors Weekend 9th-10th November at the site of University College Birmingham’s new campus
Residents in Birmingham are being offered an exclusive opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at one of the area’s most exciting building sites.

Shepherd Construction, currently the main contractor on the first phase of University College Birmingham’s new campus is participating in Open Doors Weekend, a pilot project from the construction industry which invites members of the public from across the UK to go around a construction site in their area.

On the 9th and 10th of November Shepherd Construction will open the doors of its University College Birmingham site on George Street, Birmingham so that people within the local area can take a tour of the site to learn more about the project, its development and the world of construction.

Open Doors is an industry initiative to present construction in an engaging and interesting way and showcase the dynamic, exciting career opportunities that construction has to offer. The project will also demonstrate the importance of construction to both the national and regional economies.

The Open Doors scheme is being trialled across the country and is the result of a partnership of four leading industry bodies, UK Construction Group (UKCG), CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Shepherd Construction is one of over 23 employers taking part in Open Doors on 75 sites across England, Scotland and Wales

Speaking on behalf of the Open Doors Partnership, Amanda Sergeant, sector strategy manager, CITB-ConstructionSkills said: “Construction is undergoing rapid change and needs to develop a skilled workforce to meet these challenges it faces. Nowadays construction is more about careers than jobs and the expected increase in demand for management roles in the next few years means that we need quality talent entering the industry now to fill these future positions.

“‘Open Doors’ is a unique opportunity for the industry to display the complexity and scope of modern construction projects and give people a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry. But places will be limited so I’d encourage anyone interested to go on the site and register to secure their place to avoid disappointment.”

Phil Greer, managing director of Shepherd Construction added: “We’re delighted to participate in this important initiative that will enable us to demonstrate the variety of roles that are on offer within construction and the great sense of satisfaction we get from delivering buildings that benefit local communities for years to come.”

For more details or to register for a tour please visit http://www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk

1 comment:

Michelle Helena Cabrera said...

"....give people a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry" It's a brilliant idea to show people how these structures around us started from scrap and slowly progressed to sky-high buildings. Let them appreciate what the workers in those industrial elevators are doing; let them see the product of that hard work. Construction also needs talent. Building is not as easy at it looks like.