Inteb expands its talent pool with apprenticeship programme

COMMITMENT to developing “home-grown” talent has put another member of the Inteb team on track for a demanding job role.

Amber McCann, 19, has joined the energy management business as a utilities support assistant, adding to the company’s growing apprenticeship workforce.

She joins Inteb apprenticeship successes Alex Rowley and Luke Balmer, all three part of the company’s drive to take on apprentices where they are being given the opportunity to learn and grow with the business as it continues its programme of expansion.

Colin Jones, Inteb’s managing director, said: “We see huge benefits in taking on apprentices who, with workplace training and development from the day they join us, are being nurtured to attain our specific service culture.

“They are reaping many other benefits too. They are earning while learning and could eventually be further up the jobs ladder than their counterparts who have chosen to spend three years working towards a university degree.

“As our own ‘home-grown’ talent, the business also sees them playing vital parts in the company’s expansion plans as global energy management increasingly becomes a key priority for industry and commerce.”

Amber, who is based at Inteb’s headquarters at Egerton House, Birkenhead, is working towards a Level 3 Business Administration qualification. 

Choosing an apprenticeship over a university or further education college route, she said: “I had my mind set on apprenticeship while I was in Sixth Form. It was the right decision for me as I’m actually working towards a real qualification rather than sitting in a classroom.

“I’m constantly learning something new and every day I’m involved in work that really interests me. And as well as regularly attending college, time is allocated during the working week for me to keep on top of my studies.”

Alex Rowley and Luke Balmer both swapped university courses for apprenticeships at Inteb. Alex had been studying environmental science while Luke was a mechanical engineering student.

Two years on, Alex, 23, has completed the Level 3 Business Administration course he began when he first joined Inteb and has now successfully added a Level 4 to his qualifications. Currently he’s working towards the PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner qualification. 

Twenty-one-year-old Luke, who has also gained his Level 3 Business Administration qualification, is now continuing his studies on a Level 1 Energy Management course and, once that’s completed, will be progressing on to Level 2.

Both have been appointed to operations support executive roles.

Luke (pictured with Colin) said: “During my time with Inteb, I have developed a fairly extensive knowledge of the utilities sector as well as gaining valuable transferrable office skills. 

“Having tried out the university route, I see an apprenticeship as the way to go as it offers hands-on experience in an ‘earn while you learn’ environment and has given me the experience to get ahead in the jobs market.”

Colin added: “Alex and Luke have spent two valuable years at Inteb, learning the job and playing an important part in the day-to-day operations of our head office, working as a team as well as making decisions on their own. 

“In following a similar route, Amber is also being trained in this talent pool for a demanding role as part of a highly-skilled workforce at the forefront of energy management and its increasing impact on our environment.”