Construction sites are busy and interesting places to work and you can learn a lot by seeing one in action. There are over 150 different construction jobs and the best way to learn about them is in person.
Along with work experience, a site visit can help you decide what construction job you're interested in and if a construction career is right for you.
Open Doors is an event that provides unique chances and experiences for you to see behind the scenes at major ‘live’ construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales.
Open Doors 2018 ( March 19 - March 24) is now open to book your place and see some of the UK's biggest construction sites and a variety of projects on offer. Visit the Open Doors website and book your free place now.
Open Doors 2017 (March 27 - April 1) saw over 3,000 bookings across more than 130 construction sites across the UK.
Construction companies like to promote their latest projects, and many are happy to run site tours. Visits are open to people of all ages and you are encouraged to contact employers directly.
Often schools and colleges have students who want to apply for construction jobs, but don’t know where to start or what the industry is looking for. The National Skills Academy for Construction can provide this information. Schools and colleges can get involved in a National Skills Academy for Construction project by sending students on site visits, or through apprenticeships in construction and on-site training.
If they say yes…
Congratulations! When they agree, make sure you find out who you’ll be meeting on-site, where you can park and if there are any health and safety rules you should know about.
If they say no…
If they can’t take visitors, ask if they have someone who could come and speak to your group. You could also ask if they have any videos, pictures or brochures that could help you and your group understand what they do.
Working in construction means manual labour
There are many different careers in construction. It's a massive industry with many roles and workplaces - you could be working outdoors a lot or you could be office based. Even if you are working on a "live" construction site this may include several locations, such as an office, a workshop and on-site
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If you are contacting construction companies directly to request a site visit, here are a few points to mention in your email: