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NFB and AccXel join forces in mental health drive

by Sion Geschwindt
NFB, AccXel join forces to bridge skills gap and tackle mental health

National Federation of Builders (NFB) has formed an educational partnership with AccXel, a new Gloucester-based construction skills centre that opened this year.

The new partners will work together to address the stigma around mental health, boost health and safety regulations, and the improve the overall welfare of employees.

They will also work to change the public perception of the construction industry and encourage more people to pursue careers in the sector, with a focus on the South West and Wales.

When speaking on the new partnership, Danny Clarke, NFB’s Commercial Director, said: “I am incredibly excited about our partnership with AccXel.

“I believe both organisations are passionate about the same topics and together we will be able to create the change that the industry needs to keep bringing people into the industry and retain the current workforce.”

AccXel was founded by Nicola Bird, the third generation of £80m construction company KW Bell Group, who sought to bridge the skills gap in the industry.

It became the UK’s first co-funded, industry-led construction school when it opened in Cinderford in January.

Nicola said: “One of my main reasons for founding AccXel, was to create bespoke training programmes which better suited the industry.

“My time with KW Bell Group made me realise that traditional apprenticeship schemes don’t offer a comprehensive package of learning and development and wouldn’t be able to support the growth of the industry.”

Nicola says the centre is also working to provide more opportunities for women through apprenticeships, in what is historically a male-dominated sector.

Image: The AccXel Learning Centre in Cinderford (credit: AccXel)

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