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Willmott Dixon opens doors at University of Kent’s new Kent and Medway Medical School’s construction site to inspire the next generation

Willmott Dixon will be giving local residents a unique glimpse behind the scenes at the University of Kent’s new Kent and Medway Medical School’s construction site as part of the national Open Doors week between 16 – 21 March.

Opening the doors to Kent and Medway Medical School and other construction sites is part of Willmott Dixon’s aim to inspire a new generation to consider a career in construction, as well as allow people in the community to see what is happening behind the hoardings and meet the construction team. Anyone wanting to register for a tour should visit  

Reaching out to the next generation at this year’s Open Doors is even more important following the 2019 Construction Skills Network report by the CITB which predicted approximately 168,500 construction jobs will be created in the UK over the next five years, with construction employment set to reach 2.79 million by 2023.

Willmott Dixon has put construction in the spotlight on a number of occasions in the past few months. In November, it was the UK’s highest placed company in the FT’s inaugural list of European leaders for workplace diversity and inclusion, coming 3rd out of 700 organisations ranked for their approach to inclusivity, ahead of household names like Ikea, Google and Tesla.

It also won a third Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in five years, securing the accolade for sustainable development for the second time, as well as being the only contractor to feature in the top ten of the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Best Companies to work for list in 2019.

Group chief executive, Rick Willmott said, “Open Doors week offers an invaluable opportunity to get people inspired about construction and enables us to show the fantastic new technology, range of roles, and rewarding careers available to the next generation.”

Delivered by Build UK in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Open Doors is supported by industry partners the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF), alongside their community partners the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The primary media partner is Construction News (CN).