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Get Involved with Open Doors 2024

Open Doors takes you behind the scenes to showcase the fantastic range of careers available in construction, with hundreds of events set to take part in March 2024. You can now book your visits across all types of construction sites, as well as training and manufacturing facilities, depots, offices, virtual reality and online events.

The event, which partners with Go Construct, is an exclusive opportunity to experience construction workplaces and see the range of the 180+ different careers in action. Visitors will not only gain an exclusive insight into the sector but will leave inspired to consider construction careers going forwards, and you can check out our short video featuring Willmott Dixon employee Michael Oppong, who is just one of the many Open Doors success stories, to see the impact a site visit can have on recruiting the next generation.

Next Steps

If you are interested in organising an Open Doors visit, use the interactive map to locate events in your area and make your bookings. You will be asked to provide sizes for protective clothing (PPE), if required. Events will continue to be added until March 2024, so check back regularly for new additions in your local area. Please contact the Open Doors team if you cannot find anything nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting

When does Open Doors take place?

Open Doors will take place from Monday 18 – Saturday 23 March 2024 and bookings are now open.

What happened at the last Open Doors event?

Open Doors last took place from 13 – 18 March 2023 and you can see more in our Gallery. You can also learn about the impact of the event in our Review.

How much does it cost?

All Open Doors visits are provided free of charge.  Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with additional costs involved e.g. travel, but if personal protective equipment (PPE) is required the site will provide this for you.

What can I do if there are no events nearby?

If a suitable event does not appear on our map, please contact us and we will ask our event hosts if they can open one local to you. If we cannot source a local location for you we will see if any online events are a possibility.

Do I need to wear anything special?

We would recommend sensible shoes and comfortable clothing and it is always a good idea to bring some waterproof clothing as well just in case! Protective clothing (PPE) will be provided by the construction company hosting the site tour if required.

What will happen during my visit?

You will get the opportunity to see the project, office, or factory, meet the people who work in the industry and hear about their route into the industry.  Many sites will require visitors to wear protective clothing (PPE), which will be provided.  Some events will also offer interactive experiences e.g. virtual reality, simulators or work tasters.  Individual events will provide information on what will be on offer on their event profiles, but you can contact them directly through their profile if you would like additional details.

How long will the visit last?

This will vary and estimated durations can be found on each event’s profile.

Can I attend more than one event?

Yes absolutely! Just remember you will need to book each event individually and provide all the requested details separately (e.g. shoe sizes), as the locations will likely be hosted by different companies.

Can large groups attend?

Whilst we encourage groups of all sizes, some sites may be operating under restrictions that mean they are not able to host larger groups. Please check the individual event profile for further details and remember that the earlier you book, the easier it will be to accommodate you!

Can children attend?

We actively encourage all events to host children where possible.  Details on whether children can attend, and any applicable age restrictions, will be available on each event profile, as this will differ between events. Please note if an event does allow children to visit, all vulnerable individuals including under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If under 18, they must also have parental or legal guardian consent.

Can I walk around alone?

No, we’re afraid not. You will have to stay with the chaperone you are allocated at all times.

Bookings

How do I book an event?

Bookings are now open and you can use the interactive map to locate events in your area and reserve your spots. Your account will be created when you make your first booking, and you can then use the same account to book additional visits.

If possible, you should have the shoe and protective clothing (PPE) sizes handy for all persons attending.  These can be amended or added in later if necessary.  (Not all events require visitors to wear protective clothing).

How do I create an account on the Open Doors website?

Your account will be created when you first book a visit to an Open Doors site. You can then use the same account to book other visits.

Why book a group visit?

A group visit to an Open Doors event will allow you all to see what goes on behind the scenes and learn about the fantastic range of careers available in construction.  We encourage visitors to bring their friends and families along.

How do I book a group visit?

When making your booking, you can select the ‘Add Person’ option and enter the details for each person who will be in your group, including their shoe and protective clothing sizes. You can return to complete the sizes later if necessary.  If you do not have confirmed names for all of your party when booking, please enter “Person 1” or similar, and return to update the details once known.  You can also use the main booker’s email address if your party does not all have their own email addresses, or your party includes minors.

Accessibility

I have accessibility needs – can I attend?

Whilst we aim to be able to host all disabled visitors, this will depend on the event in question. Each event will clearly outline its accessibility and you can contact the event hosts directly through their profiles if you need further information or provisions.

Health & Safety

Will the construction sites be safe?

Each site taking part in Open Doors has taken all steps to make sure your site visit will be safe and enjoyable. To ensure your own safety you should follow any guidance given on site.  All events can provide a Risk Assessment in advance of your visit if required.

Other

What can construction offer me?

The construction industry can offer people from all different ages and backgrounds an exciting career. There is so much more to construction than just building, from design and engineering through project planning to the archaeological digs that take place. To find out more about the wide variety of construction careers, the qualifications you need and case studies on what it is really like, please visit the careers website Go Construct.

You can also check out our short video showcasing the opportunities available within the industry.

Where can I find more information on careers in construction?

Our Careers page features lots of useful information on construction industry roles and how to get into them.

What if I have further questions?

For general questions relating to Open Doors please email our team via info@opendoors.construction.  For information on attending specific events please make direct contact through each event’s profile.