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Intelect continues to support the next generation in Grimsby

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Intelect continues to support the next generation in Grimsby

Intelect’s Grimsby branch has continued to keep its promise when it comes to handing down skills to the next generation, as their latest apprentice passes college with flying colours and takes home coveted award.

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Ben New, fabrication apprentice, is one of the company’s latest rising stars. Completing his first year of training with local engineering college HETA, Ben was recently awarded Apprentice of the Year by the college, after achieving a distinction in each of the ten exams he sat as part of his course.

Ray Johnson, Director of Intelect’s Grimsby branch said, “We’re really proud to see Ben being commended by the college for his hard work and successes. As a company, we’re really keen to ensure that we continue to support the next generation of engineers, so it’s always great when you see talent like Ben coming through.

He continued, “We’re looking forward to supporting Ben in the next stage of his apprenticeship, where he will now spend three years in our workshop gaining valuable hands on, industry experience.”

As a celebration of his success, the Director’s at Intelect presented Ben with a £200 tool voucher, helping him to kick start his tool kit prior to his transition into the workshop. At the presentation, they were also joined by former Director and grandfather of Ben, Phill Bodsworth, who was a driver of the business’s skills pledge back in 2011.

Phill said, “It was great to be able to come back to Intelect today to mark Ben’s achievements. To keep the family ties going within the business is great to see, and it’s encouraging to know that the company is still investing so much in the next generation of engineers.”

Intelect currently employs five apprentices, with two recently qualifying this year, and is it clear that they have remained committed when it comes to supporting the young people of Grimsby into meaningful career paths.

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Triple Award Success for Intelect as they Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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Triple Award Success for Intelect as they Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Awards 25 years

In the same week that engineering company Intelect celebrated its 25th anniversary, the team were also delighted to bag three awards for their commitments to apprenticeships and training.

The first award arrived at the grand final of the North East Business Awards, where Intelect narrowly pipped Unipres and Newcastle Building Society to the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Award, which was sponsored and judged by the CIPD.

Intelect’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood was there to accept the award on the evening, and just four days later it was Director, John Thompson’s turn on stage at the North East Region National Apprenticeship Awards, where Intelect received not one, but two awards.

Taking place at the Hilton in Newcastle, Intelect were crowned regional winners in the SME Employer of the Year category, and they also received an unexpected award for Recruitment Excellence of the Year.

Now in their 19th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are England’s biggest apprenticeship award ceremony, and following their regional victory, Intelect will now go on to represent the North East against nine other regional winners at the grand final in London later this year.

Established in 1997, Intelect launched their apprenticeship programme just one year after opening their doors, and have continued to remain committed to supporting apprentices and their employees ever since.

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican was thrilled to hear about the latest flurry of awards, saying, “It’s been a monumental week for us as a company, and it’s been great to look back and reflect on the last 25 years and see just how far we have come.

“Having grown the company from a small team of six, to now having over 120 employees is enough of an achievement for us, but to also receive both regional and national recognition for our commitment to our employees is fantastic.

He continued, “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our team, and we are looking forward to celebrating our victories and our 25th anniversary together with them this month.”

Earlier this year, Intelect were ranked 17th in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SMEs in England, and this year took on a record number of electrical apprentices.

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Success For Intelect At The North East Business Awards Grand Final

Success for Intelect at The North East Business Awards Grand Final

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Success for Intelect at The North East Business Awards Grand Final

Success For Intelect At The North East Business Awards Grand Final

Celebrations are in order following Intelect’s latest victory at the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category.

Up against the likes of Unipres and Newcastle Building Society, Intelect had some tough competition on the night, with both businesses having excellent programmes when it comes to apprenticeships and training.

Judges from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development) commended all of the finalists prior to presenting the award, and highlighted just how committed the North East region is when it comes to apprenticeships and training.

Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood was there to pick up the award on the evening, she said, “This award is testimony to the years of commitment Intelect has given to its apprenticeships and employees.

“Of the 25 years that the company has been running, 24 of them have been dedicated to growing an apprenticeship programme that provides local people with solid career paths, and we are proud to say that over 50% of the apprentices we have trained are still with the company today.”

“To be up against such tough competition and still come out on top is truly fantastic, and we look forward to continuing to grow our programme and be an advocate for apprenticeships alongside other likeminded businesses in our area.”

The award comes in the same month that Intelect took on a record number of electrical apprentices in their yearly intake, bringing their total number of apprentices up to 28 in Teesside.

They were also recognised in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SMEs earlier in the year, ranking 17th in England for their award-winning programme.

Covering a variety of capabilities and educational levels, there really is something for everybody when it comes to their apprenticeship opportunities.

Other big Teesside winners on the night included Cleveland Containers, who bagged the coveted Company of the Year award, and Great North Air Ambulance for the Services Award.

Success For Intelect At The North East Business Awards Grand Final

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Intelect Announces Record Apprentice Intake

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Intelect Announces Record Apprentice Intake

Since 1998, apprenticeships have been the building blocks of Intelect’s workforce, and this year, as the company marks its 25th anniversary, they’re also celebrating a second milestone by hiring a record number of electrical apprentices in one cohort.

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Known for their award-winning training programme, the company welcomes nine ambitious apprentices to their team this September, eight of whom will be studying electrical engineering.

In total, Intelect now employs 28 apprentices across a range of educational levels and disciplines, covering everything from accountancy and design, to mechanical and electrical engineering.

Intelect director, John Thompson explained why consistently hiring apprentices has been a non-negotiable for the company over the last 24 years, “As an employer, apprenticeships have been one of the driving forces behind our business growth.

“They’ve enabled us to widen our business capabilities to service a broader range of clients, all whilst sheltering us from the skills gap that our industry is unfortunately notorious for.

“As we adjust back to normal life following the pandemic, we feel that now, more than ever, it is particularly important that we support young people into meaningful career paths.”

Intelect works closely with six training providers to deliver their apprenticeship programme, collaborating with Middlesbrough College, JTL, and Teesside University to name a few.

Principal of Middlesbrough College, Zoe Lewis said, “Companies like Intelect are so important to our local community. A business born out of local people who remain committed to supporting and developing local talent.

“We have been delighted to have worked in partnership with Intelect for many years and it has been a pleasure watching their business grow from strength to strength as young people flourish and develop in their new roles.

“This latest record intake of apprentices cements their deserved place as a recent winner at the North East Business Awards and it has been an absolute honour for our team here to have played a small part in their great success.”

The new intake follows on from Intelect being crowned winners of the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Award at the Teesside North East Business Awards in June. They will face Unipres and Newcastle Building Society in the Grand Final at Hardwick Hall on Thursday 29th September.

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Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022 Following Earlier North East Business Awards Win

Engineering company, Intelect celebrates a double whammy, ranking in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SME Employers for 2022 just days after triumphing at the Teesside North East Business Awards in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category.

The Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers list celebrates small to medium enterprises for their vital contribution and commitments to apprenticeships, with Intelect taking spot number 17.

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Launched at the same time as the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, the two leader boards are designed to showcase the very best of England’s apprenticeship employers, with those listed recognised for providing some of the most successful apprenticeship programmes over the previous 12 months.

Apprenticeships have been at the heart of Intelect’s business model since 1997, just a year after their launch 25 years ago, and they have continued to grow their commitments ever since, training over 150 apprentices in that time and increasing the number of courses they offer.

Currently employing 33 apprentices across a range of disciplines, and with a retention rate of 54%, the Top 50 ranking comes only six days after their win at the Teesside North East Business Awards, where Intelect fought off tough competition to scoop the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Award.

As a member of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, Alan Wallace, North East Network Coordinator was delighted to see Intelect representing the region and the network, saying “We want to congratulate Intelect on their recent award win and achieving 17th in the Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers list.

“This shows just how much Intelect values and supports apprenticeships as a recruitment method, as well as a learning and development route for their existing employees too, which is equally as important”.

Intelect works in close partnership with a number of local training and development providers to deliver their award-winning programmes. Principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education, Darren Hankey said, “We are delighted that Intelect has received so much recognition for its approach to apprenticeships. The company is known for its high standards and the recognition is richly deserved.

He continued, “Having high standards is also a part of our DNA at the College, where we’ve been supporting organisations since 1849. It is a privilege to work with Intelect and to be entrusted to train its fabrication, product design and environmental apprentices.”

Intelect Managing Director, and former apprentice, Fran Cormican was blown away with the recent news, saying “We are truly delighted to receive such fantastic recognition, and to be ranked 17th out of over 500 employers who entered is incredible. Apprenticeships are, and have always been, at the heart of Intelect and our ‘train to retain’ ethos has allowed us to grow and bring a wealth of innovation and diversity to our business for many years.

“That being said, we feel it’s hugely important that we, and other businesses alike, continue to advocate the benefits and opportunities that apprenticeships can provide, to ensure as many people as possible continue to have a pathway to succeed”.

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Intelect celebrates Women in Engineering Day by backing Power of Women campaign

Intelect's Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood and Managing Director, Fran Cormican.

23/06/2022

As companies around the world celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), local mechanical and electrical engineering business, Intelect are transpiring their thoughts into action, by becoming a Corporate Supporter of the Power of Women campaign.

Celebrating its ninth year in 2022, INWED gives female engineers around the world a platform of visibility, and encourages young women and girls to take up engineering careers, something which Intelect are keen to champion.

According to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), it’s reported that as of June 2021, only 16.5% of engineers are women, a figure which highlights the huge gender imbalance within the industry.

It’s these imbalances and inequalities that fuelled the fire of a group of local Tees Valley business leaders, spear headed by the late Professor Jane Turner OBE DL, to devise an action plan and create a campaign that improves the lives and aspirations of young women in the Tees Valley and beyond, leading to the launch of the Power of Women campaign in 2022.

Having worked in male dominated industries since the start of her career, Intelect’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood is accustomed to challenging gender stereotypes, and was keen to continue doing so when she joined the company in December 2021.

Lily said, “When I joined Intelect, it was fantastic to see just how much work the company does to support young people, both inside and outside of the organisation, and in particular when it comes to advocating apprenticeships and career opportunities that are available within the engineering industry.

“That being said, it has always been frustrating to see the obvious lack of female presence within the sector, something which is highlighted further whenever we promote vacancies, which often leads too little to no women applying.

She continued, “To mark International Women in Engineering Day this year, we were delighted to become a Supporter of the Power of Women campaign to further cement our commitment when it comes to levelling up. It’s vital that young women and girls have visible role models within the industries that they aspire to work in, so that they can make their own choices, and choose their own path when it comes to their career.”

Power of Women chair Jane Armitage, who was Tees Businesswoman of the Year in 2020, said: “We’re thrilled that Intelect are backing the POW campaign to raise the aspirations and ambitions of our region’s girls and young women.

“There are significant challenges to be overcome but, with the support of companies such as Intelect, the Power of Women is beginning to make an impact, helping to create role models for the next generation to aspire to and emulate. You can’t believe what you can’t see. It is by seeing people in roles that girls will themselves believe they can aspire to and achieve, so it’s wonderful that Intelect are speaking out to mark International Women in Engineering Day too.”

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “Historically, the engineering industry has seen a huge underrepresentation of women. As businesses, it is so important that we come together to combat these imbalances by ensuring our sector is accessible to everyone and visible to future generations.

“We understand that there is still a long way to go when it comes to gender equality within the engineering industry, but by making these steps and working with the likes of the Power of Women campaign to combat stereotypes, we believe that we can continue to make a positive change for the future.”

For more information about the Power of Women campaign and how you can get involved, visit: https://powerofwomen.org.uk/

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Intelect cements apprenticeship commitments by joining National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

Apprenticeships have been at the heart of Middlesbrough-based Intelect’s workforce since they launched their dedicated programme back in 1998, just one year after their incorporation.

Now, 24 years on, the engineering company has since trained over 100 apprentices in a variety of roles, and has further cemented its commitment to apprenticeships by becoming a member of the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

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Lily and John accept regional winner of the SME Employer of the Year Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN) is a group of employers whose main aim is to spearhead the drive to engage new employers to commit to apprenticeship delivery in England.

Intelect currently employs 33 apprentices at its Teesside site across a range of educational levels and courses, and their award-winning programme has been recognised by multiple awards on both local and national levels in recent years.

As part of their voluntary commitment to the ANN, Intelect will continue to build on their already strong engagement with key stakeholders including schools, colleges, fellow employers and wider supply chains.

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “We are delighted to be welcomed to the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, and look forward to continuing to share our success stories and inspire others when it comes to employing apprentices.

“Apprentices have been the backbone of our work force for almost a quarter of a century, and have allowed us to grow and expand our businesses consistently, as well as provide a wider variety of capabilities to our market leading clients.

He added, “We already work closely with other charities and initiatives, such as the High Tide Foundation, who do fantastic work when it comes to raising aspirations of local young people in the Tees Valley, and we’re now keen to build on our commitments when it comes to raising the profile of apprenticeship delivery too”.

Members of the Network demonstrate their ambassadorial work primarily against four core activity areas which include sharing their positive experiences with apprenticeships, directing key partners and individuals to key information, celebrating their successes as employers and apprentices, and providing insight to the Government on apprenticeships.

George Ritchie, Chair of the North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Intelect to our network and also commend the company’s long-standing passionate advocacy for apprenticeships and apprentices.

“With almost quarter of a century providing excellent apprenticeships, I’m certain Intelect will become a vital and integral partner for the North East Apprenticeships Ambassador Network and I very much look forward to working with them.”

Intelect are an electrical and mechanical engineering company and have been providing engineering solutions to clients in the food and beverage manufacturing industry and other process industries both nationally and internationally for 25 years.

In 2019, they were also crowned regional winner of the SME Employer of the Year Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards.

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National Careers Week – Miranda Lynch

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National Careers Week – Miranda Lynch

Miranda Lynch

Name

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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From left: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

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Intelect holds annual awards ceremony in memory of former employee, Charlie Baker.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Intelect were proud to celebrate the event by hosting their own internal apprenticeship awards ceremony in memory of former employee, Charlie Baker.

The internal award, which was launched back in 2015, was created to recognise the hard work and achievements of their apprentices, and is fittingly named the ‘Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award’, dedicated to the former employee who sadly passed away in 2014.

Throughout his time at Intelect, Charlie was a huge asset to the team, and often played a large part in the development of apprentices, taking many of them under his wing.

This year, Business Administration Apprentice, Ella Tebble won the coveted award, which was presented to her by Charlie’s wife, Janet and his son, Beau.

From left: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

Ella is the first female to win the award and was delighted to have received it, saying, “Being awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award, has made me feel so much more confident in what I do and it’s shown me that people do believe in me.

“After leaving school, I was worried about how I would fit in to a working environment and the challenges and responsibilities I would face, but I can now say that I feel I have grown as a person thanks to the help of my team who have encouraged me every step of the way.

She continued, “they have taken me out of my comfort zone and have thrown me into situations which have allowed me to prove to myself that I am capable of achieving my goals, and they have actively taken the time to train me, which I am grateful for. I now look forward to finishing my apprenticeship and seeing what my future holds within the company”.

Alongside Ella, there were also two highly-commended awards presented at the event. Jordan Whelpton, Accounts Apprentice, and Callum Dale, Electrical Apprentice, also received an award for their hard work and efforts throughout the year.

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble Callum Dale and Fran Cormican

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble Callum Dale and Fran Cormican

Intelect Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “It’s fantastic that we are able to welcome back Janet and her family to present the award again this year. Due to Covid, over the last couple of years we haven’t been able to host the awards in their usual fashion, but it’s great to be able to once again celebrate our apprentices, and Charlie’s memory, especially with it being National Apprenticeship Week”.

Apprenticeships have been the backbone of Intelect’s workforce since they launched their programme back in 1998, and since then over 100 apprentices have successfully qualified, with 54% of them still working for the company today.

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National Apprenticeship Week – Ella Tebble

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National Apprenticeship Week – Ella Tebble

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we are taking the opportunity to catch up with some of our apprentices and find out a little bit more about them, and their thoughts on apprenticeships…

Our second Q&A of the week is with Ella, this year’s winner of our Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award and our Business Administration apprentice.

Ella Tebble

Ella Tebble, this year’s winner of our Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award and our Business Administration apprentice.

Here’s what Ella had to say…

Name and apprenticeship

Ella Tebble – Level 3 Business Admin

What did you aspire to be when you were younger?

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a Beauty Therapist as I enjoy meeting new people and making them feel better about themselves.

Can you tell us a bit about your apprenticeship and what you do on a day-to-day basis?

On a day-to-day basis I answer the phones, manage relationships with subcontractors and suppliers, keep employee holidays and other databases up to date, and fulfil reception duties. I also book employee training courses and manage funding applications among other tasks.

How is your time split between hands on learning and theory/college?

I attend Middlesbrough College for 3.5 hours a week and the remaining 36.5 hours is hands on learning at the Intelect offices in Middlesbrough.

What do you like most about your apprenticeship?

I like that I am able to learn in a working environment, gain practical experience and I am also able to get support from my peers and mentors.

What’s been your biggest challenge so far in your apprenticeship?

My biggest challenge so far was stepping up from the school environment into a business working environment. After spending 5 years in secondary school with the comfort of my friends and other familiarities, I found it daunting coming into a new working environment and with new faces, but the team were really welcoming and I settled in quickly.

What advice would you give to other young people who were thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

I like the fact that I am gaining valuable work experience whilst obtaining a qualification. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to other people.

Do you have any future career aspirations for when you’ve completed your apprenticeship?

Yes, I hope to take on a more senior role within the company.

Finally, how does it feel to be awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award?

Being awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award, has made me feel much more confident in what I do and it’s shown me that people do believe in me.

After leaving school, I was worried about how I would fit in to a working environment and the challenges and responsibilities I would face, but I can now say that I feel I have grown as a person thanks to the help of my team who have encouraged me every step of the way.

They have taken me out of my comfort zone and have thrown me into situations which have allowed me to prove to myself that I am capable of achieving my goals. They have actively encouraged me, and took the time to train me, which I am grateful for, and I now look forward to finishing my apprenticeship and seeing what my future holds within the company.

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