Northern Skills Awards See Intelect Apprentice Crowned Rising Star

It was a night of celebration for Intelect as they attended Middlesbrough College’s Northern Skills Apprenticeship Awards at the Riverside Stadium. Held every year to celebrate the success of the College’s students and employers, the event saw over twenty-five awards handed out across the course of the evening.

Jordan Whelpton, Quantity Surveyor Degree Apprentice at Intelect, was one of the students acknowledged at the event, scooping the coveted Rising Star Award following a successful stint at Middlesbrough College over the last four years.

Starting his career with Intelect as a Level 2 Accounts Apprentice in 2018, Jordan has been a shining example of how you can utilise apprenticeships to change the direction of your career, with his strong work ethic and clear ambition among some of the words used to describe him on the evening.

It was during the course of his Level 4 studies at Middlesbrough College when Jordan realised his passion for quantity surveying. He has since embarked on a four-year degree with Northumbria University this year, which has been fully supported by his employer.

When speaking to him about his success, Jordan said, “I’m delighted to have received this recognition from Northern Skills, and I am forever grateful to my tutors who helped me complete each level of my AAT studies.

“Another special thanks goes to my employer, Intelect who have supported me every step of the way and have allowed me to complete the AAT qualification, and now a degree in Quantity Surveying. I look forward to the next chapter in my career with Intelect and can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

Accounts Manager, Ben Robinson (right) accepting the Medium Employer of the Year Award.


Jordan’s award wasn’t the only success Intelect had that evening, with the company also taking home the Medium Employer of the Year Award, accepted by Accounts Manager and current CIMA apprentice, Ben Robinson, who has also enjoyed a successful career at the company thanks to his apprenticeship.

Intelect were also proud to sponsor the Engineering Student of the Year Award, which saw Tees Components apprentice, Dan Peart crowned the winner of his category following his dedication to learning despite the impacts of the pandemic.

Middlesbrough College’s Group Director of Business Partnerships and Engagement, Matt Telling said, “We were delighted to recognise the achievements of Intelect and Jordan Whelpton at our recent Northern Skills Apprenticeship Awards.

“We train over 2000 apprentices every year and support around the same number of employers across the North East, so our category winners are truly exceptional. There’s no doubt that Jordan will go on to enjoy a highly successful career, hopefully with Intelect, and we very much look forward to developing our partnership with Intelect in 2024 and beyond.”

Celebrating 25 years of their award-winning apprenticeship programme this year, these awards are testimony to the quarter of a century that Intelect has dedicated to supporting its staff, apprentices and the next generation.

Investing in the next generation is also a key part of the company’s long-term strategy, with them recently welcoming a record intake of apprentices, building on their 2022 figures by over 25%.

They also continue to work closely with community initiatives and charities such as The Power of Women and Spark Tees Valley, with the aim of inspiring the next generation into STEM roles, and encouraging greater levels of diversity within the engineering industry.

Applications to join the next intake of Intelect’s apprenticeship programme will open in July 2024, with a variety of roles on offer. Visit for more information.