Rugby business celebrates 40 years of helping people get to the skills table

Hubert Pruszysnki (customer service apprentice) at Howden’s Joinery.

A rugby business which opened its doors amid a huge rise in youth unemployment turns 40 this month.

Founded in 1982, Intec’s mission was to create opportunity through professional training.

From its beginnings teaching welding and plumbing to today, where learners can study everything from customer service to retail to management skills, education has been at the heart of the business.

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It was originally founded as Intec Training Services by John Herman and Sodhu Mtharu in August 1982.

At that time, the government was looking for companies that could teach young people the skills they needed to find work, while also being able to work alongside employers to provide on-the-job training. With 16 years of experience in the education sector, MM. Herman and Mtharu rose to the challenge.

Intec ran workshops in Rugby, including welding, motor vehicle maintenance and plumbing, but with the company’s success in putting learners to work, Intec’s popularity grew.

The business has expanded to centers in Nuneaton and Leamington, helping more young people find jobs.

Mason Farrell (Supply Chain Apprentice) and Lee Coker (Mason’s Manager and Intec’s Mentor of the Year 2022) both of Whispering Smith.

Intec moved with the times, responding to changes in the economy and began to offer a wider range of opportunities for learners, and by the late 1980s the company focused on delivering courses in business Administration. Over the next few years the business expanded, opening new centers in Lincoln, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

In 1990 the partnership was dissolved and Intec Business Colleges was incorporated as a limited liability company by John Herman.

In 1994, a big change came when the government revitalized the apprenticeship system to introduce modern apprenticeships. In 2009, the National Apprenticeship Service was created. The move gave Intec additional room for growth, with the company opening ten more training centers, from Bristol in the south to Glasgow in the north.

In 2012, Intec launched its Apprenticeship Recruitment service which works with employers to recruit young talent into apprenticeship roles. Building on its success, in 2013 they launched a series of internship programs. Internships provide high quality pre-apprenticeship placements for school leavers. Both services are still functioning well today and have successfully placed over a thousand apprentices.

Intec has once again moved with the times, bringing more online learning and offering courses tailored to the modern business world, focusing on creating jobs and development opportunities for people of all ages. .

In 2017 the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy created a demand for higher level programs for experienced staff and in recent years Intec has expanded its services to offer CMI leadership and management programs, project, learning and development and improvement.

Managing Director John Herman, who is still at the helm of the company 40 years later, said: “Looking back, I’m very proud that we’ve helped give tens of thousands of people the opportunity to access education, acquire new skills and obtain qualifications and, in doing so, realize their potential.

“Whether in the 80s through skills workshops, or now in 2022 with apprenticeship and internship programs, it is so rewarding to have made a difference in their lives and their future. Learners at over the years keep in touch, and it’s a wonderful feeling to hear where they are now.

“But it has to be said that we wouldn’t be where we are today without the many talented people who have worked at Intec over the years. The very nature of what we do attracts truly dedicated professionals to Intec who manage to get the most out of their learners.

In 1983, the Right Honorable Norman Tebbit visited the rugby centre. In 1985, HRH Princess Anne visited the Nuneaton Centre. MPs Jim and his son Mark Pawsey have both been strong supporters of Intec’s commitment to training apprentices in their rugby constituency. In 2010, the Most Reverend Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, officially opened Intec’s new Rugby headquarters.

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