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 celebrates Women in Engineering Day by backing Power of Women campaign

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Intelect celebrates Women in Engineering Day by backing Power of Women campaign

Intelect's Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood and Managing Director, Fran Cormican.

23/06/2022

As companies around the world celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), local mechanical and electrical engineering business, Intelect are transpiring their thoughts into action, by becoming a Corporate Supporter of the Power of Women campaign.

Celebrating its ninth year in 2022, INWED gives female engineers around the world a platform of visibility, and encourages young women and girls to take up engineering careers, something which Intelect are keen to champion.

According to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), it’s reported that as of June 2021, only 16.5% of engineers are women, a figure which highlights the huge gender imbalance within the industry.

It’s these imbalances and inequalities that fuelled the fire of a group of local Tees Valley business leaders, spear headed by the late Professor Jane Turner OBE DL, to devise an action plan and create a campaign that improves the lives and aspirations of young women in the Tees Valley and beyond, leading to the launch of the Power of Women campaign in 2022.

Having worked in male dominated industries since the start of her career, Intelect’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Lily Brothwood is accustomed to challenging gender stereotypes, and was keen to continue doing so when she joined the company in December 2021.

Lily said, “When I joined Intelect, it was fantastic to see just how much work the company does to support young people, both inside and outside of the organisation, and in particular when it comes to advocating apprenticeships and career opportunities that are available within the engineering industry.

“That being said, it has always been frustrating to see the obvious lack of female presence within the sector, something which is highlighted further whenever we promote vacancies, which often leads too little to no women applying.

She continued, “To mark International Women in Engineering Day this year, we were delighted to become a Supporter of the Power of Women campaign to further cement our commitment when it comes to levelling up. It’s vital that young women and girls have visible role models within the industries that they aspire to work in, so that they can make their own choices, and choose their own path when it comes to their career.”

Power of Women chair Jane Armitage, who was Tees Businesswoman of the Year in 2020, said: “We’re thrilled that Intelect are backing the POW campaign to raise the aspirations and ambitions of our region’s girls and young women.

“There are significant challenges to be overcome but, with the support of companies such as Intelect, the Power of Women is beginning to make an impact, helping to create role models for the next generation to aspire to and emulate. You can’t believe what you can’t see. It is by seeing people in roles that girls will themselves believe they can aspire to and achieve, so it’s wonderful that Intelect are speaking out to mark International Women in Engineering Day too.”

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “Historically, the engineering industry has seen a huge underrepresentation of women. As businesses, it is so important that we come together to combat these imbalances by ensuring our sector is accessible to everyone and visible to future generations.

“We understand that there is still a long way to go when it comes to gender equality within the engineering industry, but by making these steps and working with the likes of the Power of Women campaign to combat stereotypes, we believe that we can continue to make a positive change for the future.”

For more information about the Power of Women campaign and how you can get involved, visit: https://powerofwomen.org.uk/

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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

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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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Ella Tebble

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.

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Intelect becomes High Tide Corporate Partner

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Intelect becomes High Tide Corporate Partner

Hightide corporate partners

Hightide corporate partners

Intelect and five other industry-leading Teesside businesses, have signed up as corporate partners to work with High Tide.

Founded in 2012, the Tees Valley charity, dedicated to offering young people valuable career experiences, has grown significantly over the last six years, creating a level of membership which offers considerable benefits both to the Foundation and businesses in the region.

Fran Cormican, Managing Director of Intelect, said: “We are thrilled to be entering 2019 as one of High Tide’s corporate partners. My fellow directors and I all started our careers as apprentices, and now apprenticeships are a major driving force in our business’ success.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to support the young people of our area, than to partner with a charity that promotes the same values when it comes to providing opportunities to the youth of Teesside.”

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Electrical work experience

Work Experience

Work Experience

Where possible, we like to offer work experience to aspiring and willing students, who are wanting to learn more about a subject they are passionate about.

We can offer work experience in the following departments:

  • Electrical Engineering.
  • CAD Design.
  • Accountancy.
  • Business Administration.

If you would like to find out more about work experience at Intelect, please send you enquiry to careers@intelectuk.com FAO Jennifer Watts, and we will try our best to accommodate you.

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High Tide Foundation

We are proud to be a Corporate Partner of the High Tide Foundation, a charity that offers life changing work experience to young people across Tees Valley.

For more information on their work experience programmes, visit: https://www.hightidefoundation.co.uk/our-programmes/

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