Building a Pipeline of Talent with Apprenticeships

author profile picture

by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Becki RossLots of companies wax lyrical about how their people are their greatest asset. At Morson, we don’t just subscribe to that philosophy; we have embedded it within our business.

During 2015 alone, Morson Group spent £1.5 million on learning and development for both staff and contractors, with £250,000 allocated specifically to our employees and a further £250,000 accessed to support the delivery of Apprenticeship programmes.

Our commitment to Apprenticeships is a key example of how that culture of valuing, developing and retaining people works in practice. Indeed, the Apprenticeship model has been so successful in helping us to recruit and nurture talent at entry level that we are now also using the Apprenticeship framework to implement training and personnel development programmes at senior management level.

Apprenticeships have become key to our recruitment and retention strategy, creating a clear career path for new recruits that enables talented individuals to progress within the company while combining workplace experience with academic learning and accreditation for their skills.

When we take on apprentices, we take them on as employees, providing them with the reassurance of a long-term future with the organisation. What that means for clients is that our continued growth is being carefully managed, with new talent entering the business as our existing employees progress through the organisation.

Using an Apprenticeship framework for continued career development as part of a life-long learning
approach to succession planning ensures clients are confident that our focus on promoting from within the team is supported by structured skill development and certification at all levels. For example, our training manager, Matthew Leavis, is currently working towards a Degree Apprenticeship (BA (Hons) Business Management) which will build on his experience within the business and enable him to directly relate to those very learners he is overseeing training for.

Our focus on Apprenticeships is also helping to provide a pipeline of talent for our rail clients, with our rail apprentices receiving trackside experience and academic learning to bring new resources into the sector.

We have now developed seven Apprenticeship frameworks across engineering, recruitment, finance, ICT, business administration, management and rail and will continue to pioneer this approach as a key element of our recruitment and retention strategy.

Keeping good people is all about valuing talent and giving it the opportunity to thrive, which is good for our business and great for our clients too.

Featured Writer - Becki Ross Purple-01

Cx Jobs

Maintenance Engineer

Morson Talent are currently recruiting for a Maintenance Engineer on an initial 12 months FTC basis (Likely to be perm for the right candidate) in the Manchester area. Location Manchester Salary £37,000 + 20% uplift for occasional shift work Hours Days based - Occasional cover shift work (6-2 / 2-10) The Person: * NVQ 3 or above in Engineering ESSENTIAL * Multiskilled - Mechanically / Electrically biased * Various backgrounds considered: Manufacturing, Automotive, Food, Distribution Centres, Automated Warehouse, Recycling, Biomass, Packaging or Printing, Chemical Plant, Brewery, Paper, Manufacturing Plant, Electromechanical / Automated Plant. * Health and safety focused, good awareness and a can do attitude. Desirable: * Bottling, material handling, AGV's, stackers, palletisers * Pneumatics, hydraulics The Job: * Assist with breakdowns maintenance and reliability of electromechanical machinery, equipment, and plant. * Maintenance of various sections of the plant - PPM and fault finding * Monitor production process & machinery performance. * Assist with PPM & breakdown. * Continuous improvement If you are interested in a new opportunity and would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on 07739311930 or reply with an updated CV.

System Engineer

A Systems Engineer contractor is sought for a contract in Stevenage, Hertfordshire for a SATELLITE DIGITAL PROCESSOR SYSTEM ENGINEER position.Our client seek an expert in digital signal processor design and validation to join the design team responsible for the secure telecommand and telemetry system for a military communication satellite.The role requires an all-round grasp of the digital system, which includes both cryptographic and modem equipment, and its hardware implementation in order to support both system analyses and commissioning of prototype hardware. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYProven Ability in any or all of the following topics will be valuable -Failure mode and related system analyses: FMEA / FMECA, single event effects and security analysis;Cryptographic processing and associated security functions;Modem functions (modulation and coding);Implementation of reliable digital signal processing hardware;FPGA-based prototyping and debugging;End-to-end RF communication systems testingSector knowledge: Space / Aerospace / Defence / Communications ADDITIONALTravel - Occasional travel to other UK sitesBase of Work - Following a familiarisation period on site this role will be working from home then working on site once COVID restrictions are lifted by the client - candidates must be able to work on site full time when required

Composite Technician - Aerospace Panels

Morson are currently looking for experienced composite technicians for our client for roles based in Stevenage.Job Profile Assembly and final assembly of sandwich aluminium composite panel production. Inclusive of: - Potting of inserts Bonding of various brackets and equipment Film adhesives Panel completion General hot and cold bonding processes Drilling, reaming etc. High tolerance requirements (typically better than 0.05mm in various areas). Experience Essential:- Ability to work from detailed drawings and electronic work instructions - within specific procedures Experience working to procedures with checkpoints/quality gates Previous experience such as mechanical fitter, close tolerance sheet metal worker, time served mechanical technician Experience in industries such as Space/Aerospace/Automotive/Motorsport etc. Ability to work in confined spaces above floor level Desirable:- Knowledge of satellite structure assemblies or similar Modern apprenticeship Clean room experience Shifts Weekly rotating double day shifts - 06:00hrs to 14:00 hrs 14:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs Some weekend working Saturday or Sunday may be required at peak times. Other There will be a skills test at interview The successful candidate will be required to pass BPSS security clearance before confirmation of contract offer. Free parking is provided for this role in a municipal car park located approximately fifteen minutes' walk from site.

Warehouse Operative

Warehouse operative Principal Responsibilities Health and safety: Must ensure that safe working practices as stipulated by the company are adhered to at all times. Undertake any relevant HSE training as required. Picking: Accurately collect parts from various locations within the warehouse without introducing errors. Packing: To consolidate picked goods in a secure manner for direct shipment to external/internal customers. 100% double check on picked items to achieve very high accuracy levels. Dispatch: Consolidate packages on the relevant pallet and prepare for collection, i.e. pallet wrapping / loading into carrier cages. Goods Inwards: Check deliveries for damage and check against the delivery note to ensure that we have received the correct quantities of the correct products. Using Rf scanners Communication: On a day-to-day basis communication between various departments is normal. Responsibility for dealing with day-to-day enquiries in a friendly yet professional manner applies to all logistics staff. Operation of a Powered industrial truck is desirable if operator holds licence and is authorised. Other key links & experience areas Customer Services Manufacturing/Goods In Carriers/Couriers ISC Office Please note that these roles are currently part time hours from 4pm - 8pm.

Skills and qualifications needed for a career in cyber security