Intelect commits to investing in the next generation by joining The 5% Club

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Intelect commits to investing in the next generation by joining The 5% Club

Intelect, a national engineering company with bases in Middlesbrough, Grimsby and Leicester, has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated in 2013, is a movement of more than 700 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.

Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

After 24 years of supporting over 150 apprentices with their award-winning programme, Intelect continues to build on its commitments to the next generation by joining The 5% Club. The company is regularly commended for its efforts and dedication, and most recently, they ranked in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SMEs in England.

Director, and former apprentice, John Thompson said, “We are delighted to be joining the 700 plus employers who are already members of The 5% Club. As a former apprentice myself, I understand the value that apprenticeships and training opportunities bring to young people, and the companies they work for, so it’s vital that businesses continue to open doors for the next generation.”

Gill Cronin, Director of Operations of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Intelect into the membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.  All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

This year, Intelect plans to take on a record number of 10 apprentices across a range of business sectors including electrical engineering, accountancy, health and safety and design. They are also a finalist in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category at this years North East Business Awards, which take place in September this year.

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit  or get in touch by emailing Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Intelect Receives Employer Recognition Award for Commitment to Armed Forces Community

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Intelect Receives Employer Recognition Award for Commitment to Armed Forces Community

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Left to right: Former Warrant Officer Class 2 and Intelect QHSE Manager, Mike Cook, Intelect Director, John Thompson and Lt Col Andy Black REME, Head of Engagement for North East and Yorkshire.

Intelect continues with its award success, adding a further accolade to their tally after receiving the Silver Employer Recognition Award from the Armed Forces Covenant.

Created to ensure the Forces community are treated fairly and have equal opportunity, the Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation to those who have served and their families.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

Through a 3-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards, the scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers.
As a forces friendly employer, Intelect Director, John Thompson was delighted to receive the news about their silver award, he said, “We are very proud to have received the Silver Employer Recognition Award from the Armed Forces Covenant, building on our previous commitments.

“As a company we have supported the forces community for many years, and we will continue to provide opportunities and advocate to other businesses about the positive impact this can have.”

Brigadier Paul Baker, Chief Executive, North of England RFCA said, “There has always been great support for the Armed Forces within the North East of England but the growing number of companies prepared to publicly demonstrate this support is truly heartening, especially in such challenging times.

“These Employer Recognition Scheme awards are a recognition of the backing and encouragement provided to their employees who are also Reservists, Adult Volunteers within the Cadet Forces, Veterans and their families. Well done to all.”

The award follows not long after Intelect hosted the North East Armed Forces Business Forum, which saw over 20 regional business come together to discuss how they can better support those who serve, or have served, and their families.

Having signed the Covenant initially back in 2019, Intelect have continued to make steps to improve their support of the force’s community, building on their Bronze Employer Recognition Award which they received two years ago.

Going forward, Intelect plans to continue growing its support of the force’s community, and hopes to obtain the Gold Award in 2023.

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National Careers Week – Miranda Lynch

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National Careers Week – Miranda Lynch

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Miranda Lynch

Job Title

Compliance Manager

How long have you worked for the company?

5 years

Can you give an overview of what your job entails on a daily basis?

I am mainly based in the Middlesbrough office; however, I look after the compliance for all three Intelect locations.

On a daily basis, I manage the companies IMS system (Integrated Management System), keep records of all the equipment that requires a LOLER certificate (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations), and oversee our internal welding procedures.

I am also responsible for keeping all of our accreditations up to date and carrying out internal audits on all of our departments and locations, and on occasion I am also required to attend site to carry out internal audits on any of our ongoing projects. My role also involves preparing for all of our external audits and ensuring we have everything that is required for such events.

Have you always been in this role at Intelect? If not, what did you do before that and why did you decide to change?

When I started at Intelect I was initially an Administrator. After a couple of years in this role, I eventually began to expand my responsibilities and naturally swayed towards more compliance focused tasks.

I decided to take on the role of Compliance Manager as I found it interesting and a new personal challenge.

Have Intelect supported you with any training or personal development?

I feel that Intelect have fully supported me with my training throughout my time in the company. When I was transferring roles, they supported me with the completion of my IOSH qualification, a two-day IMS Internal Auditor Course, and my Advanced Diploma in Environmental Management, which in turn led to me feeling more confident in my new role.

They also support all employees with additional online training courses that cover everything from mental health awareness to manual handling.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I really enjoy the friendly working environment at Intelect, and that everyday tasks are never the same.

Do you have any aspirations for the future?

I would like to take my career as far as possible within Compliance, and continue to expand on my training and knowledge.

This week, as well as Careers Week, we are also celebrating International Women’s Day, do you think that more needs to be done to support women into STEM industries?

YES – I definitely think women need to be supported more within industry, as I still feel women are often overlooked when it comes to the opportunities available, and it should be an equal playing field for everyone. There needs to be more promotion and education around accessing careers in STEM industries, as I would have been interested in starting my current role much earlier if I knew what opportunities were on my doorstep and accessible.

Finally, what careers advice would you give for someone interested in a role similar to yours?

Take every opportunity that you can, as it can only lead to a better future.

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Our customers demand the highest accreditation in quality, health and safety and the environment. It is important that our workforce is fully compliant in all of these disciplines to ensure we as a company provide a safe & healthy working environment for our employees and that of our customers.

Each of these accreditations is of the highest standard within the industry they represent. It gives our customers the confidence that our work is monitored and certificated by these awarding bodies for quality and excellence.

Lloyds Register


Intelect’s integrated business management system for quality, environmental, and health & safety is certified to the recognised standards ISO 14001:2015, 45001:2018, 50001:2011, 9001:2015, EN 1090-1:2009+A1:2011

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ISO 9001: 2015

ISO 9001 accreditation demonstrates that we have an exacting quality management systems in place.

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ISO 45001:2018

ISO 45001:2018 is an occupational health and safety management system accredited by UKAS that demonstrates that we have robust and internationally recognised OH&S management systems in place.

Armed Forces Covenant

Intelect commit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country.

chas accredited


Intelect (UK) Ltd. has demonstrated compliance with the CHAS standards in line with SSIP Core Criteria and UK H&S Legislation and has been awarded accreditation to the requirements of the CDM Regulations 2015.

British Safety Council

British Safety Council (BSC)

Health & Safety underpins all of our business activities and is an area which we take seriously.  As a member of the British Safety Council (BSC), Intelect have access to essential Health & Safety information and key legislation updates and compliance. Our membership also promotes our commitment to good health, safety and environmental management – we are proud to be affiliated with one of the world’s leading HSE organisations.

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BSI is the business standards company, working with business experts, government bodies, trade associations and consumer groups to capture best practice and structure the knowledge all organisations need to succeed.

Achilles Building Confidence

Building Confidence (Achilles)

The Achilles BuildingConfidence community connects buyers and suppliers in the UK Construction sector. The community allows buyers to minimise risk and streamline procurement, while suppliers have a unique opportunity to connect with key industry players.

CE Marking

CE Marking

Intelect has successfully implemented a Factory Production Control system to BSEN 1090-1. Our accreditation covers the design and manufacture of structural steel work, up to and including Execution Class 4. The harmonised European Standard, EN1090 came into force for raw material in July 2013 and became mandatory for all manufactured components on July 1st 2014.

Disability Confident Employer

Disability Confident Committed

Through Disability Confident, Intelect are working to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Environment Agency Registered Waste Carrier

EA Waste Carriers License

The Environment Agency – certification of registration under The Waste (England and Wales) Regulation 2011.

UVDB (Achilles)

Achilles UVDB is the community for the UK utilities industry. It enables the utilities sector to use Achilles’ proven supplier pre-qualification system, to manage risk within the supply chain and comply with EU regulations.

NICEIC Approved Contractor


NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. It has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for nearly sixty years and currently maintains a roll of over 26,000 registered contractors.

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Reliable CSR Ratings and Scorecards Covering 21 CSR Indicators, 198 commodities, and 155 countries, Built on 3 Pillars: People, Process, and Platform.


CDM Scope: Principal Contractor, Contractor, Designer, Principal Designer, by Avetta in accordance with SSIP Forum Deemed to Satisfy Agreement


Alcumus Safe Contractor

Alcumus SafeContractor is an accreditation body, providing contractors with a jargon free health and safety assessment, reassuring their clients they are working to a high standard. By becoming a SafeContractor client, all contractors who work on your site will become SafeContractor accredited.

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