Vistry Partnerships is delighted to have taken part in this year’s Open Doors, welcoming hundreds of children, students and career changers to sites across the country.
Coordinated by Build UK in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board, Open Doors is designed to give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the construction industry with a view to inspiring them to look at future careers in the sector. All of our Business Units took part, giving visitors behind the scenes access to many of our flagship projects.
At Edge Lane in Liverpool, students studying for qualifications in construction and engineering at Wirral Metropolitan College and Hugh Baird College were given a presentation about the development, a tour of the site and discussions with members of the team.
Visitors to Bishopston Road in Middlesbrough gained valuable insight through their engagement with members of the project team and a number were so inspired that they have now taken up work experience opportunities with our subcontracting partners King Brothers, CWS Electrical and Edwards and Bower.
At Brunel Street Works in London, the team welcomed a range of students, from primary education to others studying for their A-levels. The sessions on offer included general information about construction and specialised careers information on apprenticeship and graduate schemes.
In the South West, students visited Cranbrook and Millbay in Plymouth. At both they gained valuable insight and had the opportunity to learn more about a career in construction.
In Bristol, students from City of Bristol College visited our schemes at Temple Quay and Blackberry Hill, with more than 100 visitors passing through the two sites during the week.
Last, but by no means least, our Solihull Retirement Village site in the West Midlands welcomed a number of enthusiastic visitors, widening participation in the programme to a younger audience.
This year’s Open Doors certainly helped to engage a wide range of people, stimulating an interest in construction. Thank you to all staff who took part and for making the week such a success.