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Morgan Sindall opens site doors to inspire next generation of professionals

A photograph of a site tour in progress

Morgan Sindall threw open the doors of 14 of its nationwide construction sites as part of the annual Open Doors week organised by trade association, Build UK.

The purpose of Open Doors is to demystify the construction sector for people either deciding on their career direction or those looking for a career change. In addition, it is open to those local residents who have a general interest in the sites which are taking part.

It is part of the sector’s efforts to address skills shortages and bring in a new generation of workers into the rewarding career by explaining the range of roles available.

Morgan Sindall’s open sites ranged from the Eastern Balancing Reservoir at Heathrow Airport to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary training centre at Sellafield in Cumbria.

At the site of the St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Slough, which is being delivered by Slough Urban Renewal on behalf of Slough Council, the on-site team welcomed ten students and two lecturers from East Berkshire College to view progress of the build which started on site in the summer of 2016.

The visitors were guided around the part refurbishment, part new-build project by Morgan Sindall’s project manager Marek Tusinski.

He said: “Open Doors is a fantastic opportunity for us to put something back into the local community and we were very pleased to have the group on site.

“For very good safety reasons, our sites are closed while operational and opening them up removes the barriers between us and people wanting to start a new career. If, as a result of the open day, people understand more about the roles available, we’d be very pleased. If we inspire people to pursue a construction career, we’d be elated.

“I was very pleased to be able to pass on my knowledge to the visitors and I hope it helps them in some way in their future careers.”

Dan Bishop, Lecturer and Assessor, East Berkshire College said: “This type of event is really important, especially for our BTEC students as the majority of their work is theory and assignment based. Today, what they’ve learnt in class, they have been able to experience on site. We’ve even been able to link the discussions on building control and certain materials to this project, which has put things they have learned into a real life context. Construction is changing so quickly that there are many more positions available, from trades to management. Today has given us an insight into that variety, which is great for the students to see.”

Dan Mills, student, East Berkshire College added: “I’m very keen on the project management or QS aspects of construction, so it’s been great to see how efficient and co-ordinated the site is. It’s nice to see all the different materials being used and how these aspects are managed. Coming to site has given us a real experience and opened my eyes to the breadth of careers available – it’s really given me a great insight.”

Open Doors Week ran from March 27 to April 1 and provided access to over 200 construction sites throughout the UK.

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