Housing developer wins award for supporting apprentices in Gloucestershire

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley has been praised for investing in the younger generation at an awards ceremony for construction industry leaders.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Persimmon Homes Severn Valley employees accepting the award at the AccXel ceremony.

AccXel, the UK's first construction skills accelerator centre, has awarded a bronze Constructing Futures Award to Persimmon Homes Severn Valley.

The Forest of Dean specialist education centre, founded to tackle skills shortages in the industry, recognised the developer which funds three apprenticeships at the Cinderford-based college, at its AccXtravaganza ceremony this December 2023.

Persimmon’s Severn Valley business provides hundreds of jobs and constructs scores of homes every year from Gloucestershire to Somerset.

Its latest Gloucestershire development is 300 affordable new homes at Fiddington Fields on the edge of Tewkesbury set to be completed in 2024.

State-of-the-art centre of excellence, AccXel, opened in January 2022 with the aim to inspire, train and connect people entering and advancing within the UK construction industry.

Developed by the industry, for the industry, AccXel accelerates learning and gives its students knowledge and practical experience of the latest technological advances in sustainability and digital construction.

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley construction director Robert Simpson said: 'We are extremely proud of our partnership with AccXel and Persimmon’s apprenticeship tradition, so it was an honour for us to win this award.

'Persimmon is not only a builder of high-quality homes for local people but a major employer of skilled workers across the region which is why AccXel is a natural institution for us to work with.'

Operations director and vice principle of AccXel, Natalie King, said: 'We are thrilled to recognise Persimmon Homes as one of our award-winning employer partners for 2023.

'It has been a pleasure to work with the team, and we are delighted Persimmon Homes appreciate the long-term value of investment in their people and the younger generation coming into the industry.

'We look forward to working with them into the future, as together, we are, Constructing Futures.'

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