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Construction Skills Accelerator Centre to be built in Gloucestershire

Student in a high-visibility vest and construction hat and goggles smiling

Peter White, Client Development Manager at the University of Gloucestershire, has joined the steering group for the new AccXel Construction Skills Accelerator Centre in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, which is scheduled to open later this year. 

Family construction business K W Bell Group are behind this innovative project, which will support the development of future-skilled construction workers. The Centre has been supported by the Forest of Dean District Council and Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst LEP). Facilities will include a state-of-the-art teaching and research space, a lecture theatre for presentations and events, a mock construction site, and simulators for safety training. 

Nicola Bird, Founder and Managing Director, AccXel said:

“The construction industry has a serious skills shortage, both nationally and regionally, so it is vital that we act now to inspire, train and connect construction workers with forward-thinking employers and educators. We are delighted that the University of Gloucestershire is represented on the steering group and we are looking forward to a close working relationship as they help us to deliver the aims of the AccXel Centre.” 

Peter White, Client Development Manager, University of Gloucestershire said:

“I am excited to join the steering group and by the prospect of what this new centre can achieve for the industry. The university and the AccXel Centre share the same values. It will promote careers in construction and sustainable building practice, it also aims to improve the diversity of the workforce. The construction industry is set for continued growth and is an exciting place to develop a career. It is great that this new centre is right here in Gloucestershire.” 

Bill Burford, Academic Subject Leader for Architecture, Construction and Environment, University of Gloucestershire said:

“We are delighted to be involved with the development of the AccXel Centre. It is great timing, as this year we are extending our offer to the construction industry by launching a range of degree and masters courses including Architecture, Digital Construction, Quantity Surveying and Urban planning. This new centre will play an important and valuable role in developing skills and new technologies needed by the industry. It will provide us with a unique opportunity to use the facilities for teaching and research.”