Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) has partnered with HS2 and Build UK, the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry, to support the ‘Open Doors 2023’ programme, running from Monday 13 – Saturday 18 March 2023.
Open Doors takes young people, and those looking for a change of career, behind the site hoardings to experience construction first-hand. HS2 is offering opportunities to explore its sites, including BBV sites across the West Midlands.
Rebecca Young, HS2’s Skills and Employment Supply Chain Manager said:
“We’re delighted to partner with Build UK to give young people, across the country, the chance to see how we’re building Britain’s new railway. For those interested in a career in construction, this is a great opportunity to meet the people building our new stations, viaducts and tunnels. With over 900 apprentices already on board and plans to recruit hundreds more in the months and years ahead, we hope to inspire the next generation to play a part in future phases of HS2.”
Suzannah Nichol MBE, Build UK’s Chief Executive, said:
“Open Doors is run for the industry, by Build UK, and aims to recruit the next generation by showing them what goes on behind the site hoardings. We are delighted to be partnering with HS2, which is opening 16 fantastic sites across the country, including tunnels, viaducts, stations and training centres. This variety is what Open Doors is all about and will show visitors just how many opportunities and interesting careers there are in construction.”
In November 2022, HS2 hosted Build UK at BBV’s Long Itchington Wood Tunnel North Portal Site near Leamington Spa to launch ‘Open Doors 2023’, attended by over 25 young people from Walsall and Warwickshire Colleges. This is also one of the sites opening its doors during the week-long programme in March.
The events will give visitors a unique insight into a career in construction and an introduction to the fantastic range of opportunities available in the sector. In addition to familiar site-based construction roles, many of the positions available are based externally, with companies requiring a back-office support network, front-of-house sales teams, and cutting-edge technical roles.
Events will run throughout the week across sites spanning the length of the HS2 Phase One route including:
BBV – Long Itchington North Portal
BBV – Cappers Lane
BBV – Curzon Street
BBV – A46 Compound
If you are interested in finding out more about the construction industry and what it has to offer you can book your place here: https://opendoors.construction/#home