Osborne Hails Success of Open Doors Weekend

UKCG’s Open Doors Weekend has been hailed as a great success by Osborne, with its site at Portesbery SEN School in Deepcut, Camberley, seeing over 60 members of the local community attend the event.

Osborne opened up its doors at Portesbery as part of the Open Doors Weekend; a construction initiative which invites local people across the UK to tour live projects in their area to find out more about the industry and some of the career options available in construction.

The majority of visitors to the Osborne site were students between the ages of 15 and 17 who are studying construction related courses at local schools and colleges. With an initial overview of the project to start the day, as well as a general discussion around the opportunities within the construction industry, the students were then shown around the site for the new Portesbery SEN School by Site Manager, Hudson Holt.

Along their journey, the students were able to get hands-on with activities, practising their brick-laying skills and taking part in M&E works demonstrations with the project team. The students also got a chance to speak with some of Osborne’s current trainee on the project to find out more about their route into the industry.

Osborne Business Improvement Manager, Andy Burrows, explained, “It was a great opportunity to give some of the local colleges and schools the chance to see a real live working site. It can be difficult for young people to understand the vast array of job possibilities and career paths that the construction industry can offer. Open Doors has made this connection possible and we’re glad that everyone who attended enjoyed the day.”

The Open Doors Weekend, now in its third year, is the result of a partnership of four leading industry bodies: UK Construction Group (UKCG), the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Construction News and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

The initiative is a collaborative effort on behalf of the industry to present construction in an engaging and interesting way, and showcase the diverse, dynamic and exciting career opportunities that it has to offer. The project also aims to demonstrate the importance of construction to both the national and regional economies.

Osborne’s site at Portesbery was one of 75 sites across the UK which took part. For more details, please visit http://www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk/.