Intelect commits to investing in the next generation by joining The 5% Club

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Intelect commits to investing in the next generation by joining The 5% Club

Intelect, a national engineering company with bases in Middlesbrough, Grimsby and Leicester, has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated in 2013, is a movement of more than 700 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.

Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

After 24 years of supporting over 150 apprentices with their award-winning programme, Intelect continues to build on its commitments to the next generation by joining The 5% Club. The company is regularly commended for its efforts and dedication, and most recently, they ranked in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SMEs in England.

Director, and former apprentice, John Thompson said, “We are delighted to be joining the 700 plus employers who are already members of The 5% Club. As a former apprentice myself, I understand the value that apprenticeships and training opportunities bring to young people, and the companies they work for, so it’s vital that businesses continue to open doors for the next generation.”

Gill Cronin, Director of Operations of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Intelect into the membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.  All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

This year, Intelect plans to take on a record number of 10 apprentices across a range of business sectors including electrical engineering, accountancy, health and safety and design. They are also a finalist in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category at this years North East Business Awards, which take place in September this year.

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk  or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Teesside Hospice and Bloodrun

KP Snacks and Intelect join forces for Charity Family Fun Day

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KP Snacks and Intelect join forces for Charity Family Fun Day

Teesside Hospice and Bloodrun

Middlesbrough-based engineering company, Intelect recently joined forces with long-term client and food manufacturer, KP Snacks, in order to host an employee family fun day and raise money for two local charities, Teesside Hospice and Bloodrun EVS.

The event was held at Norton Stockton Ancients Football ground, and saw over 250 people attend, with a grand total of £1,400 being raised throughout the day of fundraising.

Alongside there being a range of fun activities, the two companies also took part in a seven-a-side football tournament, which resulted in the Intelect Blue team coming out on top following a hard battle in the final against KP Snacks.

After working together for over 20 years, the two companies decided to partner up to raise vital funds for their chosen charities, all of whom rely heavily on donations and volunteers to operate their invaluable services.

Due to the pandemic, Intelect and KP had to hold off on their previous plans to host the day for a second time in 2019, however both companies were pleased when they got the go ahead for this year.

The £1,400 that was raised has since been split evenly between Teesside Hospice and Bloodrun EVS, an amount both charities were thrilled to accept.

Anne Cooling, Head of Corporate for Teesside Hospice said, “The recent family fun day hosted by Intelect and KP Snacks was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The donations raised from the fundraising activities will go towards supporting people and families who have been affected by a terminal illness.

“These donations will help Teesside Hospice ensure people receive the highest level of specialist palliative care and to stay as independent as long as possible. Teesside Hospice values our corporate partnership with Intelect and we hope this partnership continues for many years ahead.”

Gill Dixon, Secretary at Bloodrun EVS echoed Anne’s thanks, saying, “As a small local charity, Bloodrun EVS (Emergency Voluntary Service) is manned entirely by unpaid volunteers and is dependent on the generosity of local businesses and the public to continue to provide its free-of-charge urgent transportation service to, predominantly, our local NHS Trusts.

She continued, “This donation from Intelect and KP Snacks is most welcome and very gratefully received and will be an amazing help towards our current goal, which is to replace one of our aging vehicles.”

Intelect’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood led the organisation of the fun day, she said, “It was fantastic to see so many people come together to support two fantastic local charities. Bloodrun and Teesside Hospice provide invaluable services to our local community, so we were really proud to be able to once again partner with KP Snacks to support them.

“As a Corporate Partner of Teesside Hospice, we understand the vital role they play when it comes to supporting patients who are suffering with terminal illness and their families. Selected by our employees as our charity of choice for 2022, we felt it was only right to make them our chosen charity for the fun day.”

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Intelect Receives Employer Recognition Award for Commitment to Armed Forces Community

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Intelect Receives Employer Recognition Award for Commitment to Armed Forces Community

Commitment To Armed Forces

Left to right: Former Warrant Officer Class 2 and Intelect QHSE Manager, Mike Cook, Intelect Director, John Thompson and Lt Col Andy Black REME, Head of Engagement for North East and Yorkshire.

Intelect continues with its award success, adding a further accolade to their tally after receiving the Silver Employer Recognition Award from the Armed Forces Covenant.

Created to ensure the Forces community are treated fairly and have equal opportunity, the Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation to those who have served and their families.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

Through a 3-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards, the scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers.
As a forces friendly employer, Intelect Director, John Thompson was delighted to receive the news about their silver award, he said, “We are very proud to have received the Silver Employer Recognition Award from the Armed Forces Covenant, building on our previous commitments.

“As a company we have supported the forces community for many years, and we will continue to provide opportunities and advocate to other businesses about the positive impact this can have.”

Brigadier Paul Baker, Chief Executive, North of England RFCA said, “There has always been great support for the Armed Forces within the North East of England but the growing number of companies prepared to publicly demonstrate this support is truly heartening, especially in such challenging times.

“These Employer Recognition Scheme awards are a recognition of the backing and encouragement provided to their employees who are also Reservists, Adult Volunteers within the Cadet Forces, Veterans and their families. Well done to all.”

The award follows not long after Intelect hosted the North East Armed Forces Business Forum, which saw over 20 regional business come together to discuss how they can better support those who serve, or have served, and their families.

Having signed the Covenant initially back in 2019, Intelect have continued to make steps to improve their support of the force’s community, building on their Bronze Employer Recognition Award which they received two years ago.

Going forward, Intelect plans to continue growing its support of the force’s community, and hopes to obtain the Gold Award in 2023.

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Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

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Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022 Following Earlier North East Business Awards Win

Engineering company, Intelect celebrates a double whammy, ranking in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SME Employers for 2022 just days after triumphing at the Teesside North East Business Awards in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category.

The Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers list celebrates small to medium enterprises for their vital contribution and commitments to apprenticeships, with Intelect taking spot number 17.

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Launched at the same time as the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, the two leader boards are designed to showcase the very best of England’s apprenticeship employers, with those listed recognised for providing some of the most successful apprenticeship programmes over the previous 12 months.

Apprenticeships have been at the heart of Intelect’s business model since 1997, just a year after their launch 25 years ago, and they have continued to grow their commitments ever since, training over 150 apprentices in that time and increasing the number of courses they offer.

Currently employing 33 apprentices across a range of disciplines, and with a retention rate of 54%, the Top 50 ranking comes only six days after their win at the Teesside North East Business Awards, where Intelect fought off tough competition to scoop the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Award.

As a member of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, Alan Wallace, North East Network Coordinator was delighted to see Intelect representing the region and the network, saying “We want to congratulate Intelect on their recent award win and achieving 17th in the Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers list.

“This shows just how much Intelect values and supports apprenticeships as a recruitment method, as well as a learning and development route for their existing employees too, which is equally as important”.

Intelect works in close partnership with a number of local training and development providers to deliver their award-winning programmes. Principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education, Darren Hankey said, “We are delighted that Intelect has received so much recognition for its approach to apprenticeships. The company is known for its high standards and the recognition is richly deserved.

He continued, “Having high standards is also a part of our DNA at the College, where we’ve been supporting organisations since 1849. It is a privilege to work with Intelect and to be entrusted to train its fabrication, product design and environmental apprentices.”

Intelect Managing Director, and former apprentice, Fran Cormican was blown away with the recent news, saying “We are truly delighted to receive such fantastic recognition, and to be ranked 17th out of over 500 employers who entered is incredible. Apprenticeships are, and have always been, at the heart of Intelect and our ‘train to retain’ ethos has allowed us to grow and bring a wealth of innovation and diversity to our business for many years.

“That being said, we feel it’s hugely important that we, and other businesses alike, continue to advocate the benefits and opportunities that apprenticeships can provide, to ensure as many people as possible continue to have a pathway to succeed”.

Intelect will represent Teesside the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards on the 29th September at Hardwick Hall, where they will face Northumberland & Tyneside winners, Newcastle Building Society and Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside winners, Unipres UK Ltd.

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Intelect cements apprenticeship commitments

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Intelect cements apprenticeship commitments by joining National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

Apprenticeships have been at the heart of Middlesbrough-based Intelect’s workforce since they launched their dedicated programme back in 1998, just one year after their incorporation.

Now, 24 years on, the engineering company has since trained over 100 apprentices in a variety of roles, and has further cemented its commitment to apprenticeships by becoming a member of the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

Lily and John with Judges

Lily and John accept regional winner of the SME Employer of the Year Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN) is a group of employers whose main aim is to spearhead the drive to engage new employers to commit to apprenticeship delivery in England.

Intelect currently employs 33 apprentices at its Teesside site across a range of educational levels and courses, and their award-winning programme has been recognised by multiple awards on both local and national levels in recent years.

As part of their voluntary commitment to the ANN, Intelect will continue to build on their already strong engagement with key stakeholders including schools, colleges, fellow employers and wider supply chains.

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “We are delighted to be welcomed to the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, and look forward to continuing to share our success stories and inspire others when it comes to employing apprentices.

“Apprentices have been the backbone of our work force for almost a quarter of a century, and have allowed us to grow and expand our businesses consistently, as well as provide a wider variety of capabilities to our market leading clients.

He added, “We already work closely with other charities and initiatives, such as the High Tide Foundation, who do fantastic work when it comes to raising aspirations of local young people in the Tees Valley, and we’re now keen to build on our commitments when it comes to raising the profile of apprenticeship delivery too”.

Members of the Network demonstrate their ambassadorial work primarily against four core activity areas which include sharing their positive experiences with apprenticeships, directing key partners and individuals to key information, celebrating their successes as employers and apprentices, and providing insight to the Government on apprenticeships.

George Ritchie, Chair of the North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Intelect to our network and also commend the company’s long-standing passionate advocacy for apprenticeships and apprentices.

“With almost quarter of a century providing excellent apprenticeships, I’m certain Intelect will become a vital and integral partner for the North East Apprenticeships Ambassador Network and I very much look forward to working with them.”

Intelect are an electrical and mechanical engineering company and have been providing engineering solutions to clients in the food and beverage manufacturing industry and other process industries both nationally and internationally for 25 years.

In 2019, they were also crowned regional winner of the SME Employer of the Year Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards.

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Miranda Lynch

National Careers Week – Miranda Lynch

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National Careers Week – Miranda Lynch

Miranda Lynch

Name

Miranda Lynch

Job Title

Compliance Manager

How long have you worked for the company?

5 years

Can you give an overview of what your job entails on a daily basis?

I am mainly based in the Middlesbrough office; however, I look after the compliance for all three Intelect locations.

On a daily basis, I manage the companies IMS system (Integrated Management System), keep records of all the equipment that requires a LOLER certificate (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations), and oversee our internal welding procedures.

I am also responsible for keeping all of our accreditations up to date and carrying out internal audits on all of our departments and locations, and on occasion I am also required to attend site to carry out internal audits on any of our ongoing projects. My role also involves preparing for all of our external audits and ensuring we have everything that is required for such events.

Have you always been in this role at Intelect? If not, what did you do before that and why did you decide to change?

When I started at Intelect I was initially an Administrator. After a couple of years in this role, I eventually began to expand my responsibilities and naturally swayed towards more compliance focused tasks.

I decided to take on the role of Compliance Manager as I found it interesting and a new personal challenge.

Have Intelect supported you with any training or personal development?

I feel that Intelect have fully supported me with my training throughout my time in the company. When I was transferring roles, they supported me with the completion of my IOSH qualification, a two-day IMS Internal Auditor Course, and my Advanced Diploma in Environmental Management, which in turn led to me feeling more confident in my new role.

They also support all employees with additional online training courses that cover everything from mental health awareness to manual handling.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I really enjoy the friendly working environment at Intelect, and that everyday tasks are never the same.

Do you have any aspirations for the future?

I would like to take my career as far as possible within Compliance, and continue to expand on my training and knowledge.

This week, as well as Careers Week, we are also celebrating International Women’s Day, do you think that more needs to be done to support women into STEM industries?

YES – I definitely think women need to be supported more within industry, as I still feel women are often overlooked when it comes to the opportunities available, and it should be an equal playing field for everyone. There needs to be more promotion and education around accessing careers in STEM industries, as I would have been interested in starting my current role much earlier if I knew what opportunities were on my doorstep and accessible.

Finally, what careers advice would you give for someone interested in a role similar to yours?

Take every opportunity that you can, as it can only lead to a better future.

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Intelect announces Corporate Partnership with Teesside Hospice

Intelect announces Corporate Partnership with Teesside Hospice

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Intelect announces Corporate Partnership with Teesside Hospice

Intelect UK and Intelect Mechanical are proud to announce a Corporate Partnership with Teesside Hospice, a charity that provides invaluable support to local people and their families who have been affected by terminal illness.

Having been based in Teesside for 25 years, engineering company, Intelect are delighted to be joining forces with such an important local charity, who make a huge difference to people’s lives, at a time when they need it most.

This year, employees at Intelect were asked to vote for the charity who they would like to see as the companies Charity of Choice for 2022, which saw Teesside Hospice come out on top and receive a £5,000 donation.

Intelect announces Corporate Partnership with Teesside Hospice

Intelect announces Corporate Partnership with Teesside Hospice

Intelect’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood, was thrilled to break the good news to Anne Cooling, Head of Corporate Development, and Katie Sadler, Fundraiser, when they visited the company’s site in Middlesbrough last week.

Lily said, “It was fantastic to be able to break the news to Anne and Katie following a tour of our site and a meet and greet with some of our employees last week. The fact that the decision fell to our employees made it even more special, as it gives them the opportunity to have their say and support charities close to their own hearts.”

Anne Cooling, Head of Corporate Development at Teesside Hospice said, “It was wonderful to meet the directors and staff at Intelect and to see their genuine delight when it was announced that Intelect are supporting Teesside Hospice as Corporate Partners.

“This level of support makes a real difference to the Hospice and we cannot be more pleased to be working with the Intelect team. The increasing demand for consultant led, specialist level hospice care, makes this announcement of support from Intelect especially welcome to everyone here at Teesside Hospice, thank you.”

Intelect Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “Both Intelect and Teesside Hospice have been part of the landscape of Teesside for many years, and this year, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary as a business, we are extremely proud to be able to come together to form our Corporate Partnership.

He continued, “Over the years, many of our employees, myself included, have received support from the Hospice, whether that be directly or indirectly, so we’re very pleased to be supporting them as they continue to be a pillar of the Teesside community.”

Alongside their support of Teesside Hospice, Intelect are also a Corporate Partner of the High Tide Foundation, who provide life changing work experience programmes and opportunities to the young people of Teesside.

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From left: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

Charlie Baker Award

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Intelect holds annual awards ceremony in memory of former employee, Charlie Baker.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Intelect were proud to celebrate the event by hosting their own internal apprenticeship awards ceremony in memory of former employee, Charlie Baker.

The internal award, which was launched back in 2015, was created to recognise the hard work and achievements of their apprentices, and is fittingly named the ‘Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award’, dedicated to the former employee who sadly passed away in 2014.

Throughout his time at Intelect, Charlie was a huge asset to the team, and often played a large part in the development of apprentices, taking many of them under his wing.

This year, Business Administration Apprentice, Ella Tebble won the coveted award, which was presented to her by Charlie’s wife, Janet and his son, Beau.

From left: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

Ella is the first female to win the award and was delighted to have received it, saying, “Being awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award, has made me feel so much more confident in what I do and it’s shown me that people do believe in me.

“After leaving school, I was worried about how I would fit in to a working environment and the challenges and responsibilities I would face, but I can now say that I feel I have grown as a person thanks to the help of my team who have encouraged me every step of the way.

She continued, “they have taken me out of my comfort zone and have thrown me into situations which have allowed me to prove to myself that I am capable of achieving my goals, and they have actively taken the time to train me, which I am grateful for. I now look forward to finishing my apprenticeship and seeing what my future holds within the company”.

Alongside Ella, there were also two highly-commended awards presented at the event. Jordan Whelpton, Accounts Apprentice, and Callum Dale, Electrical Apprentice, also received an award for their hard work and efforts throughout the year.

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble Callum Dale and Fran Cormican

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble Callum Dale and Fran Cormican

Intelect Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “It’s fantastic that we are able to welcome back Janet and her family to present the award again this year. Due to Covid, over the last couple of years we haven’t been able to host the awards in their usual fashion, but it’s great to be able to once again celebrate our apprentices, and Charlie’s memory, especially with it being National Apprenticeship Week”.

Apprenticeships have been the backbone of Intelect’s workforce since they launched their programme back in 1998, and since then over 100 apprentices have successfully qualified, with 54% of them still working for the company today.

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National Apprenticeship Week – Ella Tebble

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National Apprenticeship Week – Ella Tebble

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we are taking the opportunity to catch up with some of our apprentices and find out a little bit more about them, and their thoughts on apprenticeships…

Our second Q&A of the week is with Ella, this year’s winner of our Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award and our Business Administration apprentice.

Ella Tebble

Ella Tebble, this year’s winner of our Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award and our Business Administration apprentice.

Here’s what Ella had to say…

Name and apprenticeship

Ella Tebble – Level 3 Business Admin

What did you aspire to be when you were younger?

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a Beauty Therapist as I enjoy meeting new people and making them feel better about themselves.

Can you tell us a bit about your apprenticeship and what you do on a day-to-day basis?

On a day-to-day basis I answer the phones, manage relationships with subcontractors and suppliers, keep employee holidays and other databases up to date, and fulfil reception duties. I also book employee training courses and manage funding applications among other tasks.

How is your time split between hands on learning and theory/college?

I attend Middlesbrough College for 3.5 hours a week and the remaining 36.5 hours is hands on learning at the Intelect offices in Middlesbrough.

What do you like most about your apprenticeship?

I like that I am able to learn in a working environment, gain practical experience and I am also able to get support from my peers and mentors.

What’s been your biggest challenge so far in your apprenticeship?

My biggest challenge so far was stepping up from the school environment into a business working environment. After spending 5 years in secondary school with the comfort of my friends and other familiarities, I found it daunting coming into a new working environment and with new faces, but the team were really welcoming and I settled in quickly.

What advice would you give to other young people who were thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

I like the fact that I am gaining valuable work experience whilst obtaining a qualification. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to other people.

Do you have any future career aspirations for when you’ve completed your apprenticeship?

Yes, I hope to take on a more senior role within the company.

Finally, how does it feel to be awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award?

Being awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award, has made me feel much more confident in what I do and it’s shown me that people do believe in me.

After leaving school, I was worried about how I would fit in to a working environment and the challenges and responsibilities I would face, but I can now say that I feel I have grown as a person thanks to the help of my team who have encouraged me every step of the way.

They have taken me out of my comfort zone and have thrown me into situations which have allowed me to prove to myself that I am capable of achieving my goals. They have actively encouraged me, and took the time to train me, which I am grateful for, and I now look forward to finishing my apprenticeship and seeing what my future holds within the company.

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National Apprenticeship Week – Callum Dale

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National Apprenticeship Week – Callum Dale

To celebrate National Apprenticeship week, we’re speaking to some of our apprentices to find out a bit more about their experiences, and to get an insight into their role at Intelect.

Here, we’re speaking to Callum, who originally started at the company through a school work experience placement. Now a few years on, Callum is in the third year of his apprenticeship and this is what he had to tell us…

NAW Callum Dale

NAW Callum Dale

Name and apprenticeship

Callum Dale, Apprentice Electrician – 3rd year

What did you aspire to be when you were younger?

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a footballer.

Can you tell us a bit about your apprenticeship and what you do on a day-to-day basis?

On a day-to-day basis I complete a variety of tasks, however I’m largely based in the panel department, so I’m usually building and wiring bespoke panels alongside a team of other engineers.

How is your time split between hands on learning and theory/college?

In the first two years of my apprenticeship, I split my time 50/50 and spent half of it at Middlesbrough College and the other half on site at Intelect. Now I’m in my third year I no longer attend college, so all of my time is spent getting hands on experience.

What do you like most about your apprenticeship?

The three things that I enjoy most about my apprenticeship is being able to build projects from scratch, all of the problem solving that comes with that process, and the fact that there is always more to learn within my role.

What’s been your biggest challenge so far in your apprenticeship?

My biggest challenge was going on site for the first time, but you’re always with someone who’s experienced so it’s a great learning opportunity.

You were initially introduced to the Intelect team via work experience, do you think this helped to give you an insight into the industry and steered you in the direction of an apprenticeship?

I definitely think the experience helped me when it came to choosing an apprenticeship, as it gave me a brief insight into what the job would be like and I realised that I really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend completing work experience if you’re given the opportunity.

What advice would you give to other young people who are thinking about completing an apprenticeship?

Go for it. In my opinion and for my circumstances it’s a much better option than the likes of university, as you can earn a wage while learning your trade.

Do you have any future career aspirations for when you’ve completed your apprenticeship?

I’m really interested in programming and automation so I’d like to look into specialising in this more in the future.

For more information about our award-winning apprenticeship programme, visit our Apprenticeships page.

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