Hinkley Point C – Tackling Talent Shortages

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

In post-Brexit Britain, concerns over engineering skills shortages run high in the wake of the Government’s commitment to the building of major infrastructure projects such as Hinkley Point C.

Yet, this is a golden age for the engineering industry, which contributes a vast £280bn to the UK economy. With more than £400bn worth of projects in the pipeline, including High Speed 2, Crossrail 2, expansion at London City airport and Hinkley Point C, the message post EU referendum is clear – Britain is most definitely open to global trade on a massive scale.

The £18billion nuclear project will demand skilled workers on a scale not seen in this country for more than 25 years since the last nuclear plant, Sizewell-B, was built. Inevitably, many of those workers have now retired or moved overseas. Hinkley Point C is estimated to generate 25,000 new jobs in the area to support the construction, infrastructure and servicing needs of the project. Moreover, 60 per cent of these roles will come from 47 different construction occupations. From steel fixers, scaffolders, mechanical engineers and all related construction trades, it will be vital to have these skilled people in place to ensure successful completion.

The high demand for skilled workers in this sector could not have been foreseen in past decades, when a downturn in the engineering sector slowed training requirements and investment in nuclear energy looked unlikely. The good news is that the UK already has a large, highly skilled workforce capable of delivering the most complex construction projects. Furthermore, we have committed to training people in skills that have never been used in the UK before, ensuring they are primed to keep pace with advances in nuclear technology.

To cope with these major infrastructure projects, we are investing more in training apprentices and graduates, and this long term project provides us with the opportunity to bridge the skills gap at grassroots level. By working with colleges and universities and developing internships within the nuclear supply chain, we can positively address the future skilling needs of the later stages of nuclear build programmes and the continuing decommissioning process. Here at Morson, our team utilises its presence in related industries such as aerospace, rail and oil and gas, to secure the talent which will enable the successful delivery of these ambitious schemes.

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Project Manager (Construction)

An opportunity has arisen for a Project/Site Manager with knowledge and experience within Construction to join the team with our prestigious client BAEJob Description In accordance with the to be agreed "Statement of Work (SoW)", the opportunity presented is for our FM professionals to take on the roles required during the design, construction and acceptance, inclusive of site preparation, service diversion and mobilisation. The key roles include Manage the conversion of customers User Requirements and Project objectives into a suitable RIBA Design Communicate and obtain the required approvals at each stage of the project Support the undertaking of the required commercial and pricing exercises Manage the Professional Services team in the delivery of the Project objectives Manage the interface between the Station representatives and Project Manage and maintain the relationships between the DE&S customer and BAE Systems in relation to the facilities element of the project Monitor and support the required SHE objectives of the construction elements on Station Provide a focal point for BAE Systems regards all things Construction related, for the Station Provide Facilities governance and oversight of the Construction elements of the work Manage the interface of Construction activities and Station operations in support of the project objectives (eg: utilities connections, traffic mgt, security, environmental, quality mgt, FOD Mgt, etc.) Review the RIBA 4 Design process within the Design & Build contract with the Construction Contractor, Technical Advisors team, Clerk of Works and relevant Subject Matter Experts (SME's) Support the required accreditation process of the Security elements of the project Review and advise on the development of the individual Construction & Operational Plans in support of the contract Review and advise on the development of the Handover, Acceptance and Approvals Plan, required in association with the Station, Customer and Maintenance organisation needs. Recognising the restricted nature of the work there is a requirement for the candidate to be eligible to obtain Security Clearance for this role.

Manufacturing Engineer - Assembly and Integration

Our Client based in Stevenage has a requirement for a Manufacturing Engineer within the unit & missile assembly manufacturing facility. The focus will be to ensure that products are built efficiently and to budget.A key member of the Manufacturing Engineering team, you will carry out activities in support of multi-project manufacturing. Compilation and update of Manufacturing Instructions. Design, Commissioning and proving of associated tooling. Support the industrial validation process through the use of FMEAs, FAIs etc. Resolution of technical problems that may arise during the manufacturing process. Route card changes as a result or rework activities. Management of Configuration Control by the embodiment of Design Modifications into the Manufacturing Instructions. Support to the Non Conformance Process using SAP.Skills/QualificationsFormal technical Engineering/Craft Apprenticeship to NVQ Level 3/TR23/TR21. Formal further education certificate to HNC or equivalent certificate. 5 years experience within an engineering discipline. Have the ability to interpret Design Drawings with a view to producing Manufacturing Build Instructions for both Skilled and Semi-Skilled operators. Must be able to work within, and contribute to a team environment. Recognise and understand customer requirements, and respond to them. Understand and work to Company Processes and Procedures. Have the ability to communicate both within the working group and at various levels of the organisation.


We are currently working with a leading M&E contractor that specialise in commercial and industrial projects across the UK.They currently require the services of a Telehandler for their refurbishment project on a leisure centre in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.Candidates are required to have CPCS, PPE and previous experience across commercial and industrial projects.For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.


PIPEFITTERS - NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE - IMMEDIATE START We are currently working with a key client that specialise in M&E contracts across the UK.They currently require the services of Pipefitters for The Spark Building - a 100,000sq ft new build Grade A office space - in Newcastle City Centre.Candidates are required to have CSCS (Skilled in Pipefitting) and previous experience across Commercial or Industrial projects.For more information, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

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