Severfield inspires the next generation by opening its doors

On the 6th March 2015 Severfield opened the doors at its Lostock and Dalton sites to provide local colleges and school children with the opportunity to gain an insight into what a career in construction really looks like.


Thirsk High School and Sixth Form College students at Dalton with Janet Watson – Mayor of Thirsk

The Open Doors initiative ( is organised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG), the Scottish Contractors Group (SCG), the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council, CITB, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Severfield was the first organisation to open its factory doors as typically the event involves construction sites around the UK.


Visitors at Lostock on their tour of the factory

Over 100 visitors from 5 education establishments attended. These included:

2 colleges,York College and Bolton College
3 schools, St James’s Church of England School – Bolton, St Michael’s Church of England High School – Chorley and Thirsk High School & Six Form College

Other attendees included:

Julie Hilling MP – Bolton West
Janet Watson – Mayor of Thirsk
Councillor Derek Adamson
Lecturers, Teachers and a Careers Advisor

Potential candidates for apprenticeships also attended.

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Thirsk High School and Sixth Form College students on their tour at Dalton

The feedback Severfield has received following the event has been astounding and it’s very heartening that we have managed to inspire young people to consider a career within construction and engineering.

All educational organisations who attended the day have expressed a wish to continue to work closely with Severfield and have asked to be made aware of any work placement opportunities.

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Visitors within the factory at our 55 acre site at Dalton

Staff at both sites were outstanding both prior to and during the event. Severfield could not have achieved the event without such a cohesive team effort.