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.

Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough

High flyer, Paul secures vital support from local engineering company

Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough

Fran Cormican and Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough

Aspiring Pilot, Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough, has received vital funding from Middlesbrough-based engineering company, Intelect, to help him towards achieving his dream of becoming a Commercial Airline Pilot.

Earlier in the year, Paul, a former award-winning RAF Air Cadet, was offered the opportunity of a life time - a partial scholarship to complete his Air Transport Pilot License in Dundee, Scotland.

Despite the partial scholarship removing some of the financial burden that Paul would face, financial circumstances in his personal life meant he would still struggle to find the remaining funds to cover the cost of his exams and other expenses.

Not wanting to give up on his dream, Paul’s grit and determination shone through, and he took the chance and moved to Scotland, where he began his training with premier flying school, Tayside Aviation.

Knowing how much flying meant to him, while he was away, Paul’s family and friends began drumming up support to help him through his qualifications, with some of them even completing the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge as a way of fundraising.

After hearing about his successful achievements with the RAF Cadets on the radio earlier in the year, where he received the ‘Flying Excellence Award’, and seeing that his family and friends were trying to raise funds to help him, Managing Director of Intelect, Fran Cormican, reached out to Paul.

“As soon as I heard that Paul was in need of support, I instantly wanted to help him. His passion and determination about flying comes across in everything that he does, and I firmly believe that his financial situation shouldn’t hinder his ability to do what he loves” said Fran.

Intelect’s £1,000 sponsorship will contribute towards the payment of 14 compulsory exams that Paul has to sit, and pass, in order to achieve his license. Each exam comes at a cost of £73 and must be sat in London at three separate intervals throughout the first-year of his three-year course.

Speaking to Paul about his journey, he said, “Since the age of 13, all I have ever wanted to do is become a Pilot. The RAF Cadets have played a huge part in my development as a person, and in my Pilot career, and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunities they have given me – I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

“The continuous support of my family, friends, the RAF Cadets and now local businesses makes me even more determined to achieve my dream, and it’s now becoming a reality before my eyes with the help of Tayside Aviation.”

“Intelect’s support has lifted a huge financial burden off my shoulders, allowing me to focus solely on passing my exams. Never in my life did I expect this to happen to me, and I will be eternally grateful to everyone who has helped get me to where I am today” he continued.

Paul Stephenson from Eston, Middlesbrough

"Since the age of 13, all I have ever wanted to do is become a Pilot."

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!

KP Billingham and Intelect

Intelect and KP Snacks, Teesside

Intelect’s John Henderson (Senior Electrical Supervisor) heads up the team of 5 electrical engineers who work on a long term contract at KP’s manufacturing plant on Teesside.

Intelect have been working at the plant since 2000, with John’s team permanently on site since 2005. Their role on the site is split between project, maintenance and repair work to both the production line and the building.

Working alongside KP’s own staff

The factory underwent substantial works when the roof was replaced in 2010, Intelect were heavily involved in this project, installing the switchboard into a new switch room, connecting the electrical and mechanical services to various parts of the line.

Special projects

Alongside the contracted electrical work, Intelect are involved with special projects to increase productivity, safety and efficiency of the food processing and packaging lines. The following video, produced by KP Snacks, shows the inside of their manufacturing plant on Teesside. Below the video we’ve described projects that Intelect have worked on as part of their ongoing relationship with KP.

Process Monitoring

Process monitoring allows the client to measure the input and output of particular production line, helping to optimise energy conservation and performance.

Working with the KP team, Intelect have installed energy monitors, airflow meters and photocells including the design and manufacture of any brackets, fixings and guards.

Conveyors and robotic systems

Most of the conveyor systems used to transport product around the facility were designed, manufactured and installed by our mechanical and electrical teams. The robotic auto palletisation equipment was purchased from a third party company and installed by Intelect as part of the packaging line.

Access bridges and inspection platforms

Our mechanical team were also involved in the design and installation of stepover, access and inspection platforms, all of which are built in-house to BSEN 1090.

Electric, air and water supply

During the process area roof refurbishment in 2010, Intelect installed:

  • Emergency lighting.
  • Electric supplies for lighting and machines.
  • Airlines for pneumatics actuation.

Additional pipework and air handling units were designed and installed by Intelect to provide:

  • Steam & condensate pipework.
  • Air handling units and extract fans.

The team

John Henderson’s team at KP are self managed and responsible for their own equipment and practices on site.

  • All staff are IPAF accredited.
  • Dressed in all the appropriate PPE for the food industry with internal pockets.
  • Single piece food safe pens.

We recently purchased an additional MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms) and podium scaffolds to reduce the need to use stepladders on site, the podium scaffolds provide a stable and compact platform that allows staff to work comfortably and safely at lower heights. The MEWP’s can also fit into tighter spaces and they extend to around 5.5 metres, for heights in excess of this we also keep scissor lifts and boom lifts on site.

Intelect are a multidiscipline company and are able to support the KP team with skills in order for them to achieve their daily activities or project work.

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.

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    Purac Puregas Biogas

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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

Run Middlesbrough 5k run

Intelect sponsor Middlesbrough 5K Run

Run Middlesbrough 5k run

Intelect are proud to be one of the support sponsors for this prestigious event in Middlesbrough.

The ever popular Middlesbrough 5k is back – and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever as one of Teesside’s biggest sporting events is set to start and finish pitchside at the Riverside Stadium.

Runners will line up for the 2012 SABIC 5k Riverside Run and the Asda 2k Fun Run on Sunday, May 13.

There’s no time to delay for those wanting to take part as entry numbers for the 5k event are strictly limited to an Olympics-themed 2,012.

Then on Sunday 2nd September the Tees Pride 10k Road Race will return to the streets of Middlesbrough, you can register your interest for the race now and we will contact you when entries open later in the year.

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

For further details: Contact JTL on 08000 852 2308 or go to www.jtltraining.com

Whitworth opening

Whitworth Official Opening

We have moved Intelect Machine Services into our new premises at Whitworth house in July 2010. This will house our machine servicing department.

The official opening was conduct by Mayor Ray Mallon. Intelect's services can be individually provided or as a 'turn-key' package - one order with total confidence to provide a total engineering solution.

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