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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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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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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Business Continuity

Helping our Customers to maintain Business Continuity

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Helping our Customers to maintain Business Continuity

Business Continuity

At an uncertain time where we are seeing unprecedented changes happening daily across the world, we want to reassure our valued customers that we are on hand to help provide them with business continuity measures, should they be required.

With our knowledge in the food and beverage manufacturing industry stretching over 20 years, as well as having a dedicated department for the utilities sector, we want to remind our customers operating in these industries that we have the knowledge and capabilities to provide specialist support at this challenging time.

By now, many businesses are likely to be feeling the strain that COVID-19 is having on all industries and sectors. As a business, we feel it is only right that we come together to overcome these difficulties.

Here at Intelect, we want to work with our customers to offer our services in these times of need to ensure business continues, especially in vital industries such as food and beverage manufacturing and utilities, which are specifically critical at the moment.

From now, and for the foreseeable future where possible, we will be providing our existing customers with the following services to ensure business continuity:

  • Help with labour shortages.
  • Electrical maintenance.
  • General maintenance.
  • Mechanical support.
  • Urgent callouts.
  • Shift cover.
  • E-learing.

The wellbeing of our staff remains a priority, with regular communications and an online portal being set up to ensure that we can support them as best as we possibly can. We are adhering to all Government advice, and we are regularly consulting the WHO (World Health Organisation) for further updates.

We will continue to monitor developments closely, and check, modify and update our plans in accordance with Government advice. Our customers can remain informed by visiting the ‘News’ section of our website, as well as via direct communications.

Should you have any further questions, or if you would like to make an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact the main switchboard on 01642 878784. A member of our team will then direct you to the most appropriate member of the management team.

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Francis Cormican
Managing Director

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ECITB Training and Development Awards

Intelect receive national award for their dedication to training and development

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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. John Thomson, Intelect Director. Fran Cormican, Intelect Managing Director. Rob Bell, TV Presenter and Host of the Evening.

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’.

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