Jim Cunningham MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry South

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Jim calls on more people to join the construction industry


Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South, visited a local building site recently as part of week-long campaign to get more people into the construction industry.

Mr Cunningham visited a new accommodation development at Warwick University during Open Doors 2016, a joint initiative between the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Build UK.

More workers are urgently needed in the industry, as CITB predicts over 230,000 new construction jobs will be created in the UK over the next five years.

Jim Cunningham MP said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit last week. It just proves how successful and rewarding a career in construction can be. After experiencing Open Doors 2016, I would encourage everyone to consider a career in construction.”

Suzannah Nichol, Build UK Chief Executive, said: “I joined the industry after a visit to a local construction site and hopefully Open Doors can get even more young people and others looking for something new to get involved in one of the many careers we have to offer.

“Construction is a great place to be and the buzz onsite is infectious. We are so pleased to give Open Doors visitors that same buzz and the chance to see what the industry is all about.”

Lorraine Gregory, CITB Partnerships Manager, said: “Open Doors is an excellent way of inspiring more people to consider a career in construction. It is a great opportunity to showcase how rewarding a career in the sector can be.

“There is no better time than now, with over 15,000 new construction jobs expected to be created over in the West Midlands over the next five years.

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