Intelect 20th Birthday

Our 20th anniversary a birthday to remember

This year Intelect celebrates 20 years in business, are named amongst the North Easts Fastest 50 companies in 2017 and are leading the field in our disciplines with a turnover in excess of £20 million per year.

To say that we’re proud of our staff and their achievements is an understatement, so on Saturday 14th October 2017, we came together as a company to celebrate our 20th birthday.

The venue was The HUB at Teesside Universities student union bar, with musical accompaniment by The Last Anthem band, casino tables and a hot and cold buffet.

The evening was hosted by directors, Fran Cormican and John Thompson, who commenced preceedings by thanking everyone for attending, followed by a review of how Intelect began, their growth and expansion, concluding with their hopes and targets for the business going forward.

Tom Blakemore receives the Charlie Baker Apprentice Award

The Charlie Baker Apprentice Award is given in memory of a well loved and successful member of our team, who sadly passed away in 2014. The award, which was voted for by the directors, was presented to Tom Blakemore by Janet Baker (Charlie’s wife), in recognition of the work ethic he has demonstrated throughout his apprenticeship at Intelect. 

A special thanks

In recognition of their support the directors gave out flowers to their wives. Miranda and Lyndsey were thanked for organising the event and last but not least Hazel Hewitson (Accounting Manager) was recognised for “being their rock” throughout the 20 years, since Intelect’s formation.

A great night was had by all

As you can see from the gallery below the night was a huge success and continued on into the early hours!

Intelect wins the North East Best Employer Award

Intelect Wins The North East Best Employer Award

Intelect wins the North East Best Employer Award

Intelect wins the North East Best Employer Award

Company Secretary and Director John Thompson from the company accepted the honour at the National Rail Museum in York which was held on Tuesday 4th November 2014.

John Thompson said “We are absolutely thrilled to be even considered for such an award, we have a very strong belief in the apprenticeship scheme and have done so since we started the company 17 years ago. Our motto has always be train to retain, we find it so difficult to recruit, therefore we train our own and it works”.

Over the last seventeen years Intelect has shown continuous commitment to its apprentices and trained over seventy apprentices. The company’s electrical apprentice Matthew Lynch was also at the ceremony to accept a certificate for being a finalist to become the apprentice of the year. Matthew was in the final 8 of over one thousand apprentices to be chosen for the award.

Intelect has also been invited along with six other regional winners to contest for the title of JTL National Employer of the year, the result of which will be announced at a ceremony taking place at Drapers Hall in the city of London on Wednesday 25th February 2015.

Investors in people engineering apprentices



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.

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.

Additional information about apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeship Courses

    Apprenticeship Courses

    Our apprenticeship courses include; Electrical Engineering, Fabrication and Welding, Design, Business Administration, Accountancy, Pipefitting and Welding and Mechanical Fitting.Read More »
  • Training


    Here at Intelect, we are very proactive in the training of our apprentices. As well as receiving on the job training, apprentices will also receive specialised training from our training providers, to ensure they build the right knowledge and skills around their course.Read More »
  • Benefits


    The Intelect Apprenticeship Programme is the best way to develop a career in a subject you are passionate about, whilst also getting paid.Read More »
  • Awards


    Intelect are regularly nominated for industry awards which recognise the efforts we put into staff training.Read More »
  • Application Process and How to Apply

    Application Process and How to Apply

    Additional information for anyone wanting to apply for an apprenticeship with Intelect.Read More »

Working for intelect

Read about how our employees that have succeeded through apprenticeship programmes.
Liam Steel (pictured right) and Jonathan McGowan

Intelect trainees’ win awards

Liam Steel (pictured right) and Jonathan McGowan

Liam Steel (pictured right) and Jonathan McGowan

Intelect are proud that Liam Steel (pictured right) and Jonathan McGowan (pictured left) have achieved training awards this year. Liam steel has been awarded the Building Services Student of the Year Award and The Principal's Award for Student of the Year Award Adult Category. Jonathan McGowan has been awarded the Regional Apprentice of the Year Award. These are great achievements and Intelect will continue to support them both in their training.

Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme winner

Intelect wins ‘Large Employer Award’ at the annual TVAP Meeting

Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme winner

Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme winner

Intelect were presented with an award for large employer of the year in recognition of our commitment to apprenteships and apprentices over the previous years. At Intelect we currently have over 25 apprentices.

The Tees Valley Apprenticeships Programme (TVAP) is a £1.8m fund designed to help sustain and expand employment related training in the Tees Valley, through the successful training of over 150 engineering Apprentices. It is just one of the work streams from the Tees Valley Industrial Programme (TVIP) designed to support the economy of the Tees Valley through a package of industrial support, enterprise, training and innovation mechanisms.

Additionally it will allow employers to provide work experience for those Apprentices receiving training allowances and facilitate the sponsorship of Apprenticeship completers to progress into higher education opportunities.

The Skills Academy will endeavour to ensure that the project demonstrates a long-term commitment from applicants to develop a solid framework for the process industry, ultimately helping to retain and support talented and skilled individuals which will have a positive impact on the North East economy.

Engineering apprentices Teesside

Intelect & JTL Commits to Apprentice Training

Engineering apprentices Teesside

Engineering apprentices Teesside

With apprentices deployed within companies throughout the North East, the leading training provider to the building services industry, JTL has over two decades experience providing the region’s employers with high quality apprentice electricians and plumbers.

Middlesbrough based Intelect UK Ltd has just welcomed three new JTL apprentices to join its 130 strong workforce; two electrical apprentices Jordan Coleman and Luke Tester and heating & ventilation apprentice Daniel Seaman.

Intelect’s Managing Director Fran Cormican said: “We recruited our first JTL apprentice in 1998; we now employ 20 apprentices and our policy means we have a home grown qualified team who are fully versed in the way we do business. We need people to be highly skilled, able to diversify and build up a superb reputation for getting the job done and that’s why we keep winning repeat business, again and again.”

One of the North’s fastest growing mechanical and electrical engineering firms, Intelect UK Ltd carries out a diverse range of work across the sector. Being much more than a traditional electrical and mechanical contracting company, Intelect offer a ‘turn-key’ engineering solution including electrical installations, instrumentation services, control panel design and build and a full suite of mechanical engineering services from pipework installations through to plant relocations. The companies diverse and specialist customer base includes the food & drink manufacturing industry, water treatment plants, heavy metal industries and petrochemical plants.

“To enable us to service these specialist sectors we need a competent skills base that can only start at apprentice level. This is a great industry with career progression for those that aspire to it. I am so confident about it that I was delighted that my son Ryan decided to pursue an electrical apprenticeship” Fran explained.

Intelect’s Company Secretary John Thompson said: “Even after apprenticeships, the company encourages staff to go onto higher qualifications such as engineering HNCs. We are in the business of ‘train to retain’. All of our directors are ex-apprentices and we can boast contract engineers, project managers and supervisors who started here as apprentices.”

Thousands of young people want to join the building services industry every year and only those who pass JTL’s rigorous assessment process are included on an approved applicants list which is then circulated to employers to choose who is interviewed and recruited.

JTL receives government funding to cover all college and on-site assessment costs, mentoring and examination fees for 16 to 24 year olds beginning Advanced Apprenticeships in electrical, plumbing, engineering maintenance and heating & ventilating trades.

JTL Employers Commitment Certificate - UK.pdf

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