The theme for this year’s event is careers in construction and with more sites open than any other company taking part, Kier is keen to demonstrate the range of job opportunities available in the industry and inspire individuals to pursue a career in the sector.
Kier sites are opening across the country from as far north as Aberdeen to as far south as Cornwall and registrations are now open to visit a range of projects. The company has ensured there is a site that will appeal to everyone, from 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.
As the UK’s leading regional builder, Kier is well placed to demonstrate the scope of career paths in the built environment on and off-site. Through Open Doors, local communities are also able to get a rare glimpse inside projects being delivered in their area.
Commenting on Kier’s involvement, 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.”
Places are still available and bookings can be made through the Open Doors 2017 website.
The full list of Kier sites taking part in Open Doors week is as follows:
- Advanced Engineering Centre, Bridgwater College
- Ark Elvin Academy, Wembley
- Aureus Secondary School, Didcot
- Ayr Academy
- Berkeley UTC, Gloucestershire
- Bitterne Park School, Southampton
- Brecon Cultural Hub, Powys
- Callywith College, Bodmin
- Cathedral School, Bristol
- Castle Community College, Deal
- City College, Plymouth
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Nottingham
- Clyde Gateway
- Coleg Y Cymoedd, Aberdare
- Cork Street, London
- Cornerstone offices, Crawley
- Devonshire Park Village, Eastbourne
- East Ayrshire Learning Campus, Kilmarnock
- Eastbourne Arndale Centre
- Edinburgh College of Art
- Finlake Holiday Village
- Glasgow School of Art
- Greenwich MO119
- Marr College, Troon
- Meopham School
- Mersey Gateway
- Middlesbrough Town Hall
- National Transport Design Centre, Coventry
- Newcastle-under-Lyme Hub
- North Range Buildings, Cambridge
- Ongar Academy, Essex
- Project Capella, Cambridge
- R7, King’s Cross
- Teaching and Learning Hub, University of Nottingham
- Templeman Library, Canterbury
- Trago Mills, Merthyr Tydfill
- Treorchy Comprehensive School
- University of Northampton Waterside Student Residences
- University of Wales Trinity St. David’s
- Woodford County High School