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UK construction projects open doors to young people

More than 5,500 of the UK’s young people visited local construction projects as part of the UK Contractors Group’s (UKCG) Open Doors weekend, which took place on 6-7 March.

It is the third time the annual event has been held, and to date the most successful – with an additional 1,500 young delegates booking their place for this year’s event compared with 2013.

Developed by UKCG, it is is supported by a large number of UK contractors and industry stakeholders such as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

This year’s event was also supported by the secretary of state for education Nicky Morgan, who visited a site in her constituency of Loughborough.

The aim of the Open Doors weekend is to give young people the opportunity to explore the career opportunities available to them in the construction industry.

CITB education, training and skills development director Andy Walder said: “The opening of construction sites across the UK has proved to be a real hit with young people and their parents. As an organisation responsible for training the workforce of tomorrow, we see the real value in showing, rather than simply telling, young people about the rewarding opportunities on offer in the industry.

“Knowing that this year has been a record-breaking one in terms of sign-ups is really positive news, as it means that as an industry we are engaging and potentially encouraging even more young people to pursue a career in construction.”

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