The Morson Pledge: We aim to double our female engineering contractors by 2020

author profile picture

by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Morson has launched a campaign to encourage more females into engineering by pledging to double its number of female engineering contractors

Morson International has more than 1,800 female contractors working in various roles throughout the globe. Yet compared to those specifically in engineering, the number of females compared to male sits at 7.5 per cent.

To meet rising demand for engineering skills and deliver the UK’s solid project pipeline that includes Hinkley Point C, HS2, Crossrail 2 and the expansion of London City airport, it’s estimated that the UK needs to double the number of young people entering the sector.

According to figures from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), female engineers make up less than 10 per cent of the workforce.

Doubling the number the women working in the sector would add an extra 96,000 people to the UK’s workforce.

To encourage more females into engineering, Morson International works closely with the University of Salford and has the Gerry Mason Engineering Excellence Scholarship in memory of Morson Group founder, Gerry Mason.

The programme offers annual scholarships to undergraduates across all engineering disciplines to help those who would have been deterred from studying at university by the tuition fees and associated living costs. So far, the Gerry Mason Engineering Excellence Scholarship has helped 15 young people and is offering a further 15 scholarships for the 2017/18 academic year.

Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk, a lecturer in electrical engineering at Salford and MBE for services to women’s engineering, said: “Our female graduates do very well in the world of engineering but we are still wasting a lot of talent because of outdated stereotypes. We need more companies like Morson to work with universities and schools to build a diverse and dynamic workforce.”

The Morson Group is also a partner of the Girls’ Network, which inspires and empowers young women from disadvantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of leading female role models. As part of the alliance, the Morson Group and Girls’ Network is launching a Salford group in June 2017 to help local girls.

In addition, the Morson Group has published a series women in engineering case studies to showcase role models in the industry who each give a personal insight into what made them choose engineering, their career history and highlights as well as advice to young girls considering their career options and engineering as a route of study.

The campaign so far has featured females working with NuGen, HS2, Costain, Airbus and Hinkley Point C.

Ged Mason, CEO of the Morson Group, said: “Our aim is to inspire the next generation of engineers and also showcase the skills required to work in engineering to help females in other sectors realise what transferable skills they have and their career prospects in this industry.

“Research shows that nearly half of female engineers enter the industry through a family connection, highlighting the importance of role models within the sector.

“There’s also the stigma that says engineering is only for men, which is why part of our campaign is changing the perceptions amongst parents, teachers and young people who believe it’s a male profession.”

Find out the top 10 things we learnt from our female engineers this year here

Or, inspired? Check out the latest engineering jobs now 

Cx Jobs


TRAINING ANALYST / COURSEWARE DESIGNER - CONTRACT 12 MONTHS - HOME BASED Training Analyst required for a company that designs, develops, manufactures, supports and upgrades world leading military vehicles. Working with a multi-site located engineering team you will develop systematic solutions as required. As a Training Analyst, you will be getting involved in the analysis, design & development of available training material, identifying training gaps and seeking solutions liaising with engineering teams, team leaders and suppliers. AT THE COAL FACE TASKS / RESPONSIBILITIES Assist the Training Lead as required to design and develop new training material for Operators and Maintainers for vehicles and equipment in accordance with the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT).Analyse and update existing course material on a variety of vehicles and equipment.Participate in cross-platform meetings to share knowledge and identify design and procedural changes that will have an impact on any existing training solution.Liaise with the user community to improve training material content and delivery.Liaise with sub-contractors and suppliers.Data collation and management e.g. Student contact time with training aids/vehicles.Support technical/engineering investigations and carry out training query resolution.Identify incorrect procedures/information contained within technical publications.Advise and report to the Project ESM(s) on work progress.Provide technical advice and guidance regarding equipment support and operation to both the user and course instructors.Assist in the preparation of quotes for new business/projects. ESSENTIAL SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYAbility to adopt innovative approaches to technical solutions and processes.Flexible in approach to work ensuring delivery is achieved.Competent in the use of Microsoft based products (Excel, Word and Project).Good problem solving skills.Good attention to detail.Good understanding of SHE practices/training.Good communication skills.

Integrated Support Engineers (AW101/159/LYNX Bulletins)

A leading Aerospace and Defence client based in Yeovil Somerset are recruiting for several Technical Authors/ Intregrated support/ILS/Service Bulletin engineers. Backgrounds from AW101/159/LYNX would we welcomed, ideally with some level of experience of technical publications.The primary role of the Integrated Support Engineer Airworthiness/Bulletins is to support the Principal Engineer Airworthiness and Service Bulletins Co-ordinator in the effective delivery of airworthiness documentation across the business spectrum from our supply base to end customer to ensure corrective actions are controlled and instigated, resulting in formal company airworthiness documentation is issued to ensure LHD in service aircraft fleet is maintained in an airworthy manner .Ensure the work is performed in accordance with departmental procedures DPR.CSU.15.12 KEY JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES%ofTimeEmployees· You are responsible for ensuring that activities under your control are undertaken in accordance with the requirements set out in the AWL SHE Policy, Health & Safety Operating manual, Health, Safety & Environment Management System Manual (HSE MSM). These documents identify your key responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Environmental Protection Act and other relevant HS&E legislation.·Specific responsibilities for Employees are detailed within HSE MSM Section 8.7 - Employees Main Activities· Produce Technical Instructions as a consequence of airworthiness data from all areas of the business to manage the correct mitigating actions are controlled to ensure the customer base is informed in a timely manner of all airworthiness information and required corrective actions as appropriate.· Maintain and as required liaise with all stakeholders to successfully close the issuing of aircraft inspections or modification instructions to reduce the cost of ownership of the aircraft, and control the implementation of product enhancements.· Manage your individual activities, its dependencies to ensure completion of the related tasks against priorities from an airworthiness perspective and aircraft delivery, to ensure the LMW fleet is delivered and maintained in an airworthy manner.· Provide and maintain complete workload status reports to ensure performance metrics can be produced.· Support the business with the expert technical process knowledge for the delivery of the correct airworthiness technical information in a timely manner to limit the amount of business exposure. Thus reducing the overall operating costs of the business by ensuring a cost effective solution is promulgated to the customer base, whilst maintaining fleet availability.·Ensure the associated Technical Instructions are developed in accordance with all relevant departmental procedures and company operating system, and ensure any recommendations for continued improvement are highlighted to the management team.· You are responsible for taking reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work and to co-operate with managers, supervisors and others to enable the company to meet its statutory obligations for health, safety and environment. 10% 90% ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCEEducated to at least HNC level in a relevant aviation related subject. Alternatively, to have completed a recognized engineering apprenticeship followed by a period of employment in all aspects of aircraft maintenance and overhaul, sufficient to gain the necessary practical experience for the job roleAircraft engineering and/or aircraft Technical Publications experience.Knowledge of Air Publication specifications e.g. ASD Spec 1000D, MilSpec1388 LSAR, DADS, DAvP 70/77, ATA02/90, ATA100, etc. An understanding of Airworthiness and Flight Safety regulations and requirementsKnowledge of technical authoring and production tools e.g. Framemaker, Eagle Publishing System (EPS) and CAPS2000.Good understanding of LMW Helicopter productsExcellent understanding of engineering drawings and use Dassault Enovia, with an understanding of the configuration management system and process.Good inter-personal skills.Keyboard skills, a working knowledge of computers and computer system applications.Written communication skills, the ability to document results from the audits performed and documenting validation reports and plans.Highly self-motivated and able to work as part of an integrated team as well as independently

PMO Lead

Our client BAE Systems Barrow is recruiting Project Support Office Leads to lead a team in achieving programme goals and performance targets. Candidates MUST be proficient userS of EVM tools and techniques. For the foreseeable future this will likely be remote working rather than on site at Barrow. The Project Support Office Lead will be accountable for interpretations of data and information, acting as an enabler in the decision making process.The role involves but is not limited to the following:Work with the Project Control's management team in defining Project Controls Processes/Organisation for the Programme/ Projects.Provide support into Control Account Managers with the most complex accounts to enable effective management of costs, schedule, risks and opportunities and resources across whole Projects.Provide analysis of Earned Value Management (EVM) Data and variance reporting to the CAM populationLead and manage the production of various Project/Programme reports, using a variety of Software/Reporting Techniques and accountable for robust metrics and management reports required for the CAM Review process and CSR Reviews. Provide support, expertise and advice on data analysis and forecasting to Senior Management. Provide expertise in project planning, monitoring and control tools, techniques and procedures to Programme teams and Cost Account Managers.Lead improvement initiatives within the organisation in particular assist in establishing a robust project control culture within the business. Lead on System/Process development and creation, distribution and analysis of ad hoc reports.Accountable for supporting the CAM's in defining the work content of the control account (Statement of work) to support resource estimating. Accountable for providing timely inputs to the Company BRP Process to ensure required resource is available to carry out the defined scope of work. Accountable for analysis and reporting on cost and schedule performance in line with monthly CAM reviews and support completion of arising actions. Ensure integrity of overall Project data.Ensure general governance for all Project Controls processes; including Work Packages [Open/Close/Data Validation etc] at appropriate - authorised level and; regular cost and schedule baseline maintenance and support through the Performance Measurement Baseline Change Request (PMBCR) process. Accountable for production of Programme Information, analysing, identifying and communicating areas for continuous improvement. Lead, develop and motivate any reporting and assigned staff through good communication and honest open management techniques in keeping with company values, policies and procedures and Take responsibility and accountability for the performance management of the team [including PDR's, ESM, performance reviews etc] in line with the company process. Work with Cost Engineering and Finance in the development of accurate estimates in support of bids, annual budgets or cost to completion and analyse "spend to date" data. To be able to access, have a clear understanding of and apply the Quality and HS&E Management System documentation e.g. Process Instructions, Workmanship Standards, Risk Assessments etc. applicable to particular work scope and to obey all HS&E rules.Key Attributes Foundation Degree / HNC / HND / Certificate in Project Management or equivalent level of qualification Highly skilled in the use of Microsoft packages LCM Awareness Proficient user of EVM Tools and TechniquesRecognising the RESTRICTED nature of the work, suitable candidates will be SC cleared or eligible for this level of clearance. SC must be in place before start date.Please do not apply if your experience does not match the job spec above but please visit our website to view other roles.Due to the volume of CVs received if you have not had a response within 48 hours please take it that your application will not be progressed.

Finishing Operative

Looking for 4 finishing operatives able to install: * plasterboard, * a wraptite membrane * and a sealant strip to the inside of a commercial building in SW London

Austin Distel Va Opp86kf Q Unsplash