Construction sites are busy and interesting places to work and you can learn a lot by seeing one in action. There are over 170 different roles in construction 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 2019 had nearly 6,000 bookings across 290 sites in England, Scotland and Wales.
Only open to the public for one week a year, Open Doors sees hundreds of live construction sites welcome thousands of people behind the scenes to see what it's really like to work in construction.
Learn about the great range of jobs available in construction and tour some of the most exciting historical and modern sites across England, Scotland and Wales.
Open Doors returns next March 2020!
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
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.
If you are contacting construction companies directly to request a site visit, here are a few points to mention in your email:
Do you feel more inspired about working in construction?
You’re one step closer to a career in construction