Award Winning Intelect

Intelect welcomes new intake of apprentices as they are crowned winner of prestigious award

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Intelect welcomes new intake of apprentices as they are crowned winner of prestigious award

Award Winning Intelect

Anthony Knowles, from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Lily Brothwood, Intelect, Junior Marketing Manager. John Thompson, Intelect, Director. Tony Pitchford, from the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Middlesbrough-based engineering company, Intelect have once again been highlighted for their successful apprenticeship programme, after being crowned regional winner of the SME Employer of the Year category at the prestigious North East National Apprenticeship Awards.

Former apprentice and now Intelect Director, John Thompson was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the company and said: “Intelect are extremely honored to have receive this award and to be recognised for the work we do when it comes to developing our apprentices. Our apprenticeship programme is the backbone of our recruitment strategy, and I would highly recommend apprenticeships to all employers.”

Entering their 16th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrates the achievements of both apprentices, and employers with the aim of championing apprenticeships across England to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT sponsors this category in the National Apprenticeship Awards because it recognises the significant role of SME’s within apprenticeships across all occupations and sectors. All businesses and individuals experience the impact of technology and the importance of digital skills are just as critical for SMEs as for any large organisation.

The success comes in the same week that Intelect welcomed its first intake of apprentices for 2019, following a victorious year of other prestigious award wins, including the Apprenticeship Award at the North East Business Awards.

For over 20 years, apprenticeships have been at the heart of Intelect’s work force, encouraging growth and productivity in an industry that has seen an increased skills shortage over the years.

The businesses continued commitment to apprenticeships is championed by its four founding Director’s, all of whom were apprentice electricians in their early careers. They understand the value apprenticeships bring to the business, as well as the apprentice as an individual, as it gives them the chance to learn advanced skills through specialised on-the-job training.

Intelect has always operated a ‘Train to Retain’ ethos, and in the last five years has seen a retention rate of 91% of its apprentices. This year they welcomed their largest intake of apprentices, employing a total of eight new recruits across a range of sectors within the business, including Accountancy, Health and Safety and numerous Engineering roles.

As well as their commitment internally, Intelect continue to be an ambassador for apprenticeships within the wider community too, working with local schools and organisations to promote the opportunities our region has to offer. Most recently, they became a Corporate Partner to the High Tide Foundation, a charity that provides life changing work experience opportunities to local aspiring students.

Director, John Thompson added:

“We have continuously invested in the young people of the North East over the last 21 years, and in turn, it has allowed us to expand and grow our business in very demanding times. We are very much looking forward to representing the North East in the upcoming national finals”, he continued.

Intelect will now go on to represent the North East at the National Apprenticeship Awards Final in London on Wednesday 27th November, where they will be up against eight other regions from across England.

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Award winning apprentices

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Since 1998, apprenticeships have been the building blocks of the Intelect workforce, and have continued to be for the past 20 years as we have grown and progressed as a business.

Award winning apprentices

We have built a strong working relationship with our training providers, including JTL Training, Middlesbrough College and The Northern Skills Group, all of whom have been a constant support network to us and our apprentices, enabling us to get the best from them as they progress throughout their courses and with their careers.

The last few years has seen increased growth with the number of apprentices we take on. On average Intelect employ around 20-25 apprentices at any one time, ranging from 1st year apprentices, to those studying degree level or higher education courses.

When it comes to apprenticeships, Intelect’s ethos has always been ‘train to retain’. With over 50% of the Intelect workforce having previously been an apprentice, or still completing an apprenticeship, this means we retain the specialised skills needed for the industries we operate in, allowing us to maintain the highest standards of practice.

When Intelect started their apprenticeship programme back in 1998, it began with just 2 electrical apprentices, one of whom is still with the company today as a qualified electrician.

As Intelect has grown, the range of apprenticeship disciplines we offer has widened, with us now utilising them in all aspects of our business, from Accounting to CAD Design, and Administration to Welding & Pipework.

Our commitment to our apprentices is stronger now than ever, and ultimately everyone wins because of it. Whether our apprentices chose to remain with Intelect, or move on with their career elsewhere, they will leave with first class training and experience, and the Intelect team will have also developed and grown thanks to their contribution.

 

Our Apprenticeships

Here at Intelect, we offer a wide range of apprenticeships at different educational levels, allowing us to help our apprentices reach their maximum potential.

The courses we offer:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Design
  • Administration
  • Accountancy
  • Pipefitting
  • Mechanical Fitting

Educational levels:

  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • HNC
  • HND
  • BEng Honours

Charlie Baker Apprentice Award

Charlie Baker Award

For the past 3 years, we have recognised the hard work and achievements of our apprentices through the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award, which is dedicated to a former employee, who sadly passed away in 2014.

Throughout his time with us, Charlie was a huge asset to the Intelect team, and often played a large part in the development of apprentices, taking many of them under his wing, which is why we decided to create and dedicate this award to him.

Winners of the Charlie Baker Apprentice Award

  • 2017/18 Apprentice of the Year: Marcus McMahon.
  • 2016/17 Apprentice of the Year: Tom Blakemore.
  • 2015/16 Apprentice of the Year: James Steel.

Recent Achievements

Jamie Colledge

Jamie Colledge

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Jamie Colledge

Jamie Colledge

Jamie Colledge, former Electrical Installation Apprentice, is now our head Electrical Design Engineer, after a change in his career path. He is now studying a higher apprenticeship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Teesside University, and is constantly evolving his skills.

Working for Intelect has helped me progress on both social and professional levels. I joined Intelect from school through a training centre onto an advanced apprenticeship, I was always keen to be involved and learn but I worried I wouldn't be able to advance my career. After my apprenticeship I had meetings with the company directors and they happily agreed to put me through additional training to become the company's first apprentice trained NICEIC Qualified Supervisor. I successfully held the position for 6 years and felt I had become complacent with the job role. I needed to push myself further technically and again, I approached the directors for a chance to promote myself to an electrical design engineer. This was welcomed by the company directors and I had the opportunity to further my career by enrolling onto a Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I have since graduated from the HNC with a Distinction grade and have been accepted onto the second year of a degree apprenticeship for the Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. On successful completion of my degree apprenticeship I will become the Intelect’s first 'grass roots' professionally registered electrical engineer with the IET as an incorporated engineer (IEng). My future plans are to become a professionally chartered electrical engineer and I believe Intelect would support me wholly.

Jamie Colledge

Paul Wilcock and intelect employees John Henderson and Jamie Colledge competed in the cycle T2T 2016 hosted by KP Snacks. Participants had to complete two rides from Teesside to Tanfield and back, altogether cycling 70 miles! The bike ride was held in order to raise money for this years chosen charity Harbour Support Services.

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North East Business Awards 2019

Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

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Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

North East Business Awards 2019

Managing Director, Fran Cormican and Director, John Thompson

North East Business Awards 2019

Overall winner of the ‘Apprenticeship Award’

Intelect were celebrating last month, after triumphing at the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards 2019, being crowned overall winner of the ‘Apprenticeship Award’.

The event took place at Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield, and saw over 600 members of the regions business community gathered together to celebrate a successful year of business in the North East.

The night was a culmination of three regional heats, which took place in the months leading up to the event, where the winner of each of the three heats was sent through to the final.

Intelect were one of only two Teesside businesses to be crowned winners on the night, with fellow Middlesbrough based business, UK Pods taking home two trophies, ‘Newcomer of the Year’, and the ‘Services Award’.

Judges from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development) were impressed with Intelect, when they heard how much time and investment they had committed to apprentices over the last 20 years.

Intelect triumphed the likes of well-known companies, Hays Travel and EGGER Ltd, both of whom have exceptional apprenticeship programmes.

Managing Director, Fran Cormican and Director, John Thompson were there to accept the award on the evening, and were thrilled to be recognised for their dedication to apprenticeships.

After accepting the award, Fran Cormican said, “Apprenticeships have been at the heart of our business since 1997, and continue to be to this day.

“Our ethos, ‘train to retain’ has allowed us to effectively grow our own workforce over the past 20 years, and our apprentices have brought a wealth of diversity and innovation to our business” he continued.

Other winners on the night included, Beamish, Living Museum of the North, The Wheel Company and Tharsus Group, who were crowned Company of the Year.

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Alex Mason

Alex Mason

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Alex Mason

Alex Mason

Alex Mason

Intelect’s Electrical Apprentice, Alex Mason, has been named the North East Electrical Apprentice of the Year, by training provider, JTL.

Alex, who is one of 30 apprentices currently employed by Intelect, fought off fierce competition from other final year apprentices in the region, after being nominated by his JTL training officer, Paul Moorcock.

Since starting his apprenticeship in 2013, Alex has made significant progress, completing his HNC in Electrical Engineering, alongside completing the final year of his apprenticeship.

“My apprenticeship was a great learning opportunity for me, as it not only gave me workplace skills, but also life skills too. It’s helped me get one step closer to my end career goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer”, said Alex.

“Winning the award definitely came as a surprise to me, but it’s nice to be recognised for all of my hard work” he continued.

His training officer, Paul Moorcock, nominated him for the award after being impressed by his progress over the past 4 years. “Alex was always very proactive in completing his apprenticeship, he completed his course 6 months earlier than expected”.

“He has embraced his apprenticeship, and really sees the value it contributes towards his future progression” he added.

Alex plans to continue his career with Intelect, and has recently started a degree apprenticeship in Embedded Electronic Systems Design, eventually hoping to become a Project Manager.

Following his success in the North East heat, Alex will continue to the next stage of the awards, where he will go up against the winning apprentice from the Yorkshire region, to decide who will go to the JTL National Awards in London on the 6th of June 2019.

Alex was presented with his award at Intelect’s Head Office in Riverside Park, by JTL’s Regional Manager, Brian Mills, and will find out in the coming weeks if he has been successful in the next stage.

Middlesbrough based engineering company, Intelect have been working with JTL for over a decade, working together to train over 50 successful Electrical Apprentices in this time.

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Ryan Cormican

Ryan Cormican

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Ryan Cormican

After successfully completing his apprenticeship in 2016, Ryan was awarded JTL ‘Apprentice of the Year’ for the North East and Yorkshire region, and was the third best apprentice nationally for his intake. Since then, Ryan has gone from strength to strength and is now a Project Manager, recently securing Intelect’s largest ever project with McCain’s foods.

Intelect MD and Dad Fran Cormican with his son Ryan as he wins JTL apprentice of the year at the regional awards.

Intelect MD and Dad Fran Cormican with his son Ryan as he wins JTL apprentice of the year at the regional awards.

A big congratulations, from the whole of Intelect to Ryan Cormican who won the JTL Apprentice Of The Year Award for Yorkshire and the North East. He was then enterd in to the next stage of the competition with 5 other finalists, to compete for the JTL National Apprentice of the year award, held at Drapers Hall London, where he finished as a runner up...Well done Ryan!

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Matthew Lynch

Matthew Lynch

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Matthew Lynch

Matthew Lynch

Matthew was in the final 8 of over one thousand apprentices to be chosen for the award.

Matthew started as an Electrical apprentice back in 2009. After completing his apprenticeship, Matthew was shortlisted for the JTL Apprentice of the Year Award, 2014, and was a finalist for the North East region.

Matthew now works on site supporting our new apprentices, and is also one of Intelect’s Health and Safety Ambassadors.

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