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30 August 2019

Open Doors 2020 – Meet our New Partners!

Earlier this year, we announced that the Open Doors dates for 2020 will be Monday 16 – Saturday 21 March.

Open Doors offers a unique chance for members of the public to go behind the scenes of live construction sites, offices, factories, and training centres across Great Britain, and discover how the communities they live in are shaped and constructed by an industry with a diverse range of career paths to offer.

2019 was our biggest year yet with 290 sites opening across Great Britain in March, and we hope to keep the momentum from this year going!

For 2020 we are really excited to announce that we have a number of new partners joining the Open Doors Programme to help expand its reach.

Firstly, we are delighted that The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) have signed up to help push the Open Doors message through their network of schools. The CEC’s mission is to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work, supporting schools and colleges by linking them to employers and helping them deliver world class careers support for all young people. Open Doors will be promoted via their Enterprise Coordinators (ECs) and LEP Skills Leads, focusing on how it meets the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The CEC is also looking for Enterprise Advisers to help schools and colleges develop their careers strategy providing strategic support.

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) will also be partnering with us this year, to allow their wide membership base of home builders in England and Wales to participate and showcase their projects. We look forward to seeing what the household names in the home builders sector open to members of the public!

Finally, our final new partner is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), who is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers. Through their network of advisors, they will encourage career changers, ex-military, and ex-offenders to check out the construction sector and see what it has to offer!

Open Doors 2020 is delivered by Build UK in partnership with CITB, supported by our industry partners the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF), and our community partners the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Our primary media partner is Construction News (CN).

If you want to see a roundup of what 2019 achieved, check out our Open Doors report.