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April 2017
October 2020
November 2021
January 2022

April 2017

Case Study: Two satellite training hubs were set up on site in South Wales and Gloucestershire to deliver apprenticeships to a large cohort of 23 groundwork apprentices.

October 2020

AccXel received £1.96m of Government Funding though GFirst LEP as part of the Getting Building Fund

November 2021

AccXel build complete and launch event

January 2022

Welcome first learners through the doors of AccXel

AccXel was founded by Nicola Bird, third generation of a £80m construction company based in Gloucestershire. 

It was through discussions of succession planning, that it became worryingly apparent that the skills and people are not available to support future growth plans for the business, or even maintain the current market share over the next 5- 10 years. 

With a background in construction training and safety management, Nicola carried out business case studies over 4 years in development, creating a bespoke apprenticeship model which better suited the industry. 


Over that period Nicola conducted many seminars and talks to industry to discover and grow what she had already discovered. 

In October 2020, Nicola & K W Bell Group were awarded £1.96m by HM Government and GFirst LEP via the ‘Getting Building Fund’ to build and create AccXel, the UK’s first co-funded Construction Skills Accelerator Centre. 

AccXel is not just a training school, it is an ideology based upon experience, data, strong values and the aspiration of future proofing the industry.

Family business is where it started and how it grows. Nicola shares this new venture with her father Pete, mother Yvonne, and sister Natalie. 


Nicola Bird
Founder and Managing Director
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A spirational
Inspiring aspiration in individuals to excel and achieve their own goals.
C onstruction
Welcoming growth within every sector of construction.
C ollaborative
Collaborating to form meaningful relationships with aligned values.
e X cellence
Striving for excellence is celebrated and promoted.
E ducation
Providing an adaptive, agile and inclusive learning space for all.
L ife-long learning
Supporting continual development for self-growth, confidence and self-appreciation.