Intelect receive national award for their dedication to training and development

ECITB Training and Development Awards

(Left to right) Representative from Wood - Sponsor of the Award.

Intelect were crowned ‘SME Company of the Year’ at the ECITB Training and Development Awards 2019, which took place at the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London on Thursday 31st October.

Over 180 people from across the nation gathered together at the awards to celebrate the successes of both individuals and companies from the engineering construction industry, with multiple nominees hailing from the Teesside region.

Facing fierce competition from both Aquaterra Energy and Beck and Pollizter Engineering, Intelect were delighted to hear their name announced as winner of the category.

Managing Director, Fran Cormican and Director, John Thompson were at the event to accept the award, and were thrilled to walk away victorious.

Fran said, “We are delighted to have been named SME Company of the Year for training and development, to be nominated alone was a great achievement for us! For over 20 years we have continuously invested in the youth of Teesside through our apprenticeship and training programmes and it’s great to receive recognition for that.

It’s vitally important that we continue to fly the flag for Teesside and raise awareness of the opportunities that are available here. This will ensure that our region has a workforce for the future and can continue to prosper”, he continued.

Intelect were nominated for the award by the ECITB for their dedication to apprenticeships and the development of their programme over the years.

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said: “Intelect represent all that is great about training and development in engineering construction and I’d like to thank them for their contribution to the wider success of our industry.”

The award comes as one of many that Intelect have received this year for their dedication to training and apprenticeships.

Earlier in the year they won the ‘Apprenticeship’ award at the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards, and at the end of November they will be representing the North East again at the National Apprenticeship Awards, following their victory at the Regional Heats as ‘SME Employer of the Year’.

award winning intelect

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.

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 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!