Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

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.

Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

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.

INTELECT SIGN ARMED FORCES COVENANT TO SUPPORT EX-MILITARY PERSONNEL

Intelect sign Armed Forces covenant to support ex-military personnel

INTELECT SIGN ARMED FORCES COVENANT TO SUPPORT EX-MILITARY PERSONNEL

Intelect, along with many other Teesside based businesses, have pledged to strengthen the relationship between local communities and the military, through the first Teesside Mass Armed Forces Covenant Signing.

The signing took place at Stockton Riverside College on Wednesday 29th May, with 9 companies in attendance, including Intelect, Casper Shipping and Darlington Building Society to name a few.

Intelect Director, John Thompson said “We are proud to be signing the Covenant today. The bravery and sacrifice that armed forces personnel in our country give on a daily basis is truly admiring. We want to ensure that as a company we are providing as much support and opportunity as we can for veterans as they start to build a new life in employment”.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a voluntary pledge, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces. It encourages local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community.

Lt. Col Nathan Teale spoke about the benefits that the Covenant brings, “There is growing support for the Covenant in the region. This support genuinely matters and is championed by great ambassadors and employers who help seize the opportunity as our Service personnel transition from Service into the local labour market.

They also support our Reservists by allowing them to attend annual training across the globe, which has direct benefit to their employer. Lastly but by no means least our cadets are also supported, where the vast number do not follow a Forces career pathway, by seeking apprenticeship opportunities” he continued.

Having already been a strong advocate for supporting the Armed Forces, Intelect is proud to join the growing number of organisations that have already signed their pledges to recognise the value of the Armed Forces community.

Intelect’s Covenant was signed by Director, John Thompson, and Lt. Col Nathan Teale, Civic Engagement Task Force Manager for the Tees Valley.

Think For 30 Seconds Health & Safety campaign

TF-30″ Think For Thirty Seconds

Think For 30 Seconds Health & Safety campaign

Intelect’s Health & Safety manager Dave Ritchie introduced the ‘Think For 30 Seconds’ campaign towards the end of 2017. The campaign is aimed at all members of staff and sub-contractors working at our own premises, on site or driving between locations.

The point behind the campaign is to raise awareness of the risks that appear around us throughout our working day and to remind us that pausing to consider how to proceed can prevent an accident.

The TF-30″ logo that appears at the top of the page has been designed to help us remember the importance of keeping ourselves and our colleagues safe in the workplace. We have had some stickers made up, which will be finding their way around vaious sites, equipment and vehicles. If anyone would like to request some for tool boxes or machinery then please contact Dave Ritchie on 07702 913252 or email Dave.Ritchie@intelectuk.com.

We have also introduced a QR Code into the design which can be scanned using the camera of your mobile device. The QR Code will provide a link to information relating to health and safety topics, and initiatives which will be updated periodically.

Why is this campaign so important?

There is no doubt keeping safe at work is important, no one would wish an accident upon themselves or a colleague, but you might wonder why we need to have campaigns, surely we all do our best every day to keep ourselves safe?

Well you would think so yes, but ask yourself honestly. Have you ever operated a piece of equipment or machinery with out the correct eyewear or ppe? Have you ever operated a piece of equipment or machinery without the correct PPE or the correct checks being completed? Have you ever driven a vehicle without defrosting it fully, or stood on something that’s not designed to be stood on to allow you to reach?

It’s these small oversights that we want to tighten up on so ‘daft accidents’ are avoided alongside more serious risks.

It’s good for business

Growing our business, securing work and jobs is equally important in maintaining a strong Health & Saftey strategy. In order for Intelect to achieve the accreditations and awards required to win new contracts and secure existing clients, we need to demonstrate our commitment to best practices accross our business. Please help us achieve our long term goals by adhering to, and suggesting improvements, for best practices.

We have produced some posters to help promote health and safety at work

If you would like to get some posters or stickers for use by your team, if you have any questions or need support, please contact Dave Ritchie (Health & Safety Manager) on 07702 913252 or email Dave.Ritchie@intelectuk.com.

New ladder standards for working at heights

New ladder standards for working at heights

The product standards for portable ladders are changing in 2018. BS EN 131 which covers all types of portable ladders has been substantially revised. The changes that come with this revision will help improve the safety of ladders and make buying the right ladder simpler.

These changes will affect everyone involved with ladders, from users and specifiers to suppliers and health & safety professionals.

The document below produced by the Ladder Association will help explain the chages and how they will effect those who work at heights.

If any of our staff or customers would like to discuss the impact of this change in detail, Dave Ritchie, Intelect’s Health & Safety Manger, would be happy to answer your questions.

Tel: 01642 878784
Mob: 07702913252
Email: Dave.ritchie@intelectuk.com

New Ladder Standards
Intelect named in the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 list

Intelect named in the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 list

Intelect named in the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 list

Intelect were named amongst the North Easts Fastest 50 companies this year, ranking a very respectable 26th out of 50 and 9th in their category of medium-sized businesses.  2017 marks the 20th-anniversary of the awards and coincides with Intelect's own 20th-anniversary celebrations.

The Fastest 50 list was founded by the law firm Ward Hadaway in 1998 to recognise outstanding achievement by companies in the North East, with awards given to small, medium-sized and large companies in an attempt to recognise and encourage both new and established businesses from within our region.

Intelect have never shied away from opportunities, investing in both their facilities and their staff, recruiting key personnel to help the business evolve into the multidisciplined company it is today.

We can supply skilled engineers to work within your organisation or we can take the lead providing a complete CDM package, designing, refurbishing and relocating manufacturing plants and production lines.

With teams specialising in electrical installation, control panel design and build, pipework services, machining and fabrication, Intelect have a proven record with customers involved in food manufacturing, utility supplies, heavy industry and the renewable energy sector.

The team at Intelect would like to congratulate Puregas Solutions, Sunderland on winning the award for the overall fastest growing North East business of 2017, as well as being named the fastest growing medium-sized business in the region.

Intelect have worked alongside Puregas in the installation of a number of biogas plants in the UK and Ireland and hopes to continue this successful relationship into the future.

  • Purac Puregas Biogas

    Purac Puregas Biogas

    Purac Puregas are a Swedish biogas upgrading plant manufacturer.  As a new supplier to the company, Intelect Ltd were tasked with a wide scope of supply, installing Swedish manufactured plant & equipment in the UK. Purac Puregas deliver plants that extract methane from biogas produced from the natural decomposition process of waste. Every step of ...read more →Read More »
intelect engineers and staff

Celebrating 20 years of Intelect

Fran Cormican celebrating 20 years of Intelect

This year again has seen some exciting growth in all our disciplines, we are now able to call on over 230 directly employed staff members with skills covering all the engineering disciplines. We are in the process of relocating to new premises in Grimsby which will increase our office and manufacturing capabilities by 66% in the Humber region. Teesside and The Midlands offices are continuing to expand and have both seen growth in 2016.

Intelect strive for continuing improvement and this year we add the accreditation of BS EN 1090 for fabrication on Teesside, which was instrumental in Intelect being successful on the NWG steel fabrication framework.

Intelect continue to be one of the major engineering solution organisations within the food & utilities industries. Our commitment to quality, safety and delivering a project on time is well known by our clients throughout the industry. 2017 promises to be another exciting year with a host of new possibilities and opportunities for our organisation as we enter our 20th anniversary year. As a company we have come a long way from our humble beginnings at Broadcasting House in 1997, to where we are today, and this is thanks to our many employees, suppliers and clients who have supported us along our journey.

Fran Cormican
MD

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

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.

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

    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

    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

    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 »

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Intelect engineering opening of Midlands division

High praise for Intelect from Chairman of Harborough District Council

Intelect engineering opening of Midlands division

Intelect engineering opening of Midlands division

A leading councillor has praised an engineering company for bringing new jobs and new investment to the East Midlands.

Coun. Geraldine Robinson, Chairman of Harborough District Council, was speaking as she officially opened the new premises at Broughton Astley, Leicester, of Intelect Midlands Limited.

Intelect Midlands is the latest expansion of the Middlesbrough-based Intelect Group and began operations from its new office and workshop complex towards the end of last year. The Group has invested around £600,000 in the move and created 10 new jobs. It is already forecasting to double its workforce this year.

At a ceremony attended by staff, customers, trade associates and local councillors, Coun. Mrs Robinson welcomed Intelect to the area. She added: “The creation of these new jobs and the expectation of more to follow is very encouraging. Coun. Robinson also praised the company for its active apprenticeship scheme.

She added: “It is exciting to see a business with established engineering bases at Middlesbrough and North East Lincolnshire choose Broughton Astley with its excellent access to the major arterial routes for this further expansion in the Midlands region. “Their investment will help to fulfil our Council’s vision for a vibrant local economy and Intelect’s contribution cannot be under-estimated”.

John Thompson, the Intelect Group’s finance director, said: “This is a very exciting project for our company. We have grown from a very small business with just four people to being one of the country’s leading mechanical and electrical specialists employing with a workforce of around 170.

“Our policy has always been to surround ourselves with good people and we are doing the same here in Broughton Astley. We can only be as good as the people we employ”. He added: “It is our intention to expand this branch of our business, bring more new jobs and more investment to the East Midlands and especially more opportunities for young people”.