Last chance for budding Isle students to join ‘construction’ weekend

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Time is running out for young people to sign up to view a major construction project this weekend – The Humber University Technical College (UTC) in Scunthorpe.

Would-be students, their parents or anyone else interested in attending, have the chance to find out about the world of construction and what career opportunities are available to them.

Places are fully booked for March 6 but places are still available for Saturday morning. The event is free. Book your place at www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk.

The tour will include a talk about the Humber UTC and building process, health and safety induction and tour of the construction site, then feedback from young people who have completed their apprenticeship and their experiences.

There will also be a question and answer session when attendees can put their questions to the experts.

Organised by Clugston Construction, the company building the new UTC, ‘Open Doors’ aims to show the diverse and exciting range of career opportunities that construction has to offer and the wide range of skills that need to come together to make buildings and infrastructure part of our everyday lives.

The Humber UTC is still taking places for the September 2015 intake, when it officially opens to students. For details on how to apply, visit www.humberutc.co.uk.

Paul Gouland, Marketing Director at Clugston, said: “The construction industry is actively seeking people to help keep up with the rapid changes in the industry. There are some excellent opportunities for young people to get a foot on the ladder that could well lead to a great career in construction. Over the next five years, the construction industry is looking to recruit a further 185,000 employees – many of which could be young people. And with the expected increase in demand for management roles in the next few years, this means that we need quality talent entering the industry now to fill these future positions.

“The ‘Open Doors’ event this weekend will provide a fantastic opportunity for people to come and talk to us, look round a live construction site and find out what opportunities are open to them. It is a free event and will give people the chance to quiz the experts about their potential careers in the construction industry and find out what training and job opportunities are available.”

Coun Liz Redfern, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The Humber region and in particular North Lincolnshire is really opening up opportunities for young people. We have the Humber UTC, the recent final approval for the new £450m Able Marine Energy Park to be built that will initially create over 4,000 jobs, plus the recent news of a major new office development to be built in the heart of Scunthorpe, creating further jobs.

“We are seeing unprecedented levels of investment locally. And of course, all of these provide job and training opportunities. Many in the construction sector. There has never been a better time to start thinking of your future career. The construction industry provides so many opportunities, not just in the actual building side of things, but the associated jobs that come with that.”