Who Will Engineer Our Future?

Pexels Photo 811217
author profile picture

by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Developments in technology, huge investment, skills shortages and a focus on equal opportunities means that the engineering industry is changing at a rapid pace. Engineering is no longer regarded as a ‘dirty job’ and this apprenticeship week we consider what our engineers of the future could look like and how they will shape the world:

Diversity

Historically the engineering industry has been stereotyped as ‘male, pale and stale’. With a recruitment shortfall entering the thousands, with HS2, Heathrow and Hinkley all requiring similar skills in the next 20years, it is imperative that engineering adapts in order to develop a more diverse workforce.

Already there are a number of great programmes that are helping to change perceptions, reputation and bridge this skills gap. Here at Morson International, we recently pledged a further 15 fully-funded engineering scholarships with Salford University as part of our ongoing commitment to develop the next generation of engineers.

The strong gender divide has been another unfortunate theme of the engineering sector, with just 7% of engineering apprentices and 15% of engineering and technology graduate’s female. As part of our commitment to attract more females in technical sectors, we’ve pledged to double the number of female engineers we employ by 2020.

The future of engineering depends on a more diverse workforce to foster innovation, economic success and ensure growth.

Education

The world faces a future where there will be fewer jobs due to automation.

For engineering education this means that apprenticeships, college and university programmes will have to become more interdisciplinary and focus on lifelong learning in order for future engineers to keep up with rapid technological innovation. Traditional conventions of educating in engineering fields will change to be more flexible and reactive to technological advancement.

Our future engineers will be unfamiliar with the traditional model of gaining qualifications and leaving education. Instead learning will be a lifelong process, with the half of life of engineering knowledge estimated at three to five years.

Skills and Technology

As the world evolves dynamically it will become intensely interconnected.  Those involved with technology and its applications will need to be multidisciplinary – understanding the social, cultural, political, and economic forces which will impact technological innovation.

Ever-shorter product development cycles through innovation will help drive society’s economic growth, and opportunities will arise through new developments in nanotechnology, logistics, biotechnology, and high-performance computing.

Neil Brayshaw, director of technical training at the National College for High Speed Rail, highlighted this, advocating broadening education to include more life skills, to produce engineers that are capable of leading engineering projects of tomorrow. Future engineers will need communication skills, entrepreneurial thinking, global knowledge, and an entrepreneurial outlook as much as they will need technical depth.

 


Cx Jobs

Accounts Payables Supervisor

Our client is looking for an Accounts Payables Supervisor to join their Finance team in Longstanton, Cambridge. Key Accountabilities and Tasks: - Manage, motivate and develop a team of 2 AP Clerks. Success will include the following: - effective team output - team respected within the business for quality and service - team highly motivated - team have personal development opportunities available to them - team champion John Henry Group company values - Run weekly payment runs for all suppliers and subcontractors - Maintain a fully reconciled retention schedule for purchases, this will form back up to the month end Balance Sheet position - Prepare accurate and timely AP & Subcontractor accruals and deliver within agreed Finance timetable - Daily posting of all transactions from bank statement - Make sure Daily Banking is completed and published by 9:30 on days of responsibility - Reconcile bank statements to Sage ledger daily - Cover on AP and subcontract ledgers as required - Submit monthly CIS return to HMRC for all group companies within HMRC deadlines - Weekly Payment runs - Maintain Purchase retention reconciliations - Prepare month end subcontractor and AP accruals - Daily postings of bank payment transactions - Daily bank reconciliation - Transaction processing and compliance: - Construction Industry Scheme - Team performance and development Key Skills: - Experienced in the use of Sage 200 in a Construction Industry business. - Experienced in the use of MS Office including Excel skills, Pivot table and LOOKUP level The successful candidate must have previous experience in a similar position. If you are interested and would like to find out more, apply now and we will be in touch shortly. Alternatively, contact Paul from Morson for more information.

Network Specialist

Network Engineer - Stevenage We are recruiting for a Global Defence & National Security organisation that provided a Managed Service to the Ministry of Defence and they are on the lookout for a Network Specialist that would like to work on challenging and meaningful work that has a huge effect on the UK's National infrastructure.This role will be working predominantly on project work. For the next 12 months, you will be involved in a major Network refresh from a Cisco Network to a modern Juniper Network. There are other exciting projects that you will be able to get your teeth into as well.This company prides itself on career progression. The business is always looking to recruit internal candidates before going out externally and because of the size of the organisation, there are always exciting opportunities for you to progress into. They are very open-minded, they will never stop you from moving to another department in the businessThey have some senior members in this team of 7 Network Engineers that will provide on the job training as well as excellent internal training platforms that you can utilise and they are not afraid to send you out on external training courses too.Role responsibilities:This lynchpin role will require you to support the rollout of a sophisticated Technical Refresh project involving take on and management of the MOD network infrastructure. With a proven record of acceptance of new equipment into service, and the retiring of older equipment, you will also have knowledge of before and after reporting and analysis and issue investigation when required.Your colleagues will look to you to own and advice on all decisions relevant to implementing the Tech Refresh from scheduling to technical approach. Your passion for technology will involve a 'hands-on approach' enabling you to take responsibility for delivery aspects of the solution and play your part in ensuring an excellent customer experience.Experience requiredMinimum of two years commercial networking experienceStrong, in depth knowledge of networking technologies, i.e. LAN, WAN, TCP/IP, routing, switching and subnet addressing, of networking hardware, ideally from the Juniper family.

Civil Site Agent (Supervisor)

Civil Site Agent (NRSWA Street Works Supervisor) Salary up to £37,000 plus yearly 10% bonus Our Client are an innovative telecommunication company who are at the forefront of technology. As part of their growth, they're looking for a Civil Site Agent to support with reinstatement background to support with on going demand.Main responsibilities * Ensure compliance to agreed safety and quality standards including internal policy, method statements and external guidelines and legislation. * Carry out daily risk assessments relating to site set-up and ensure respective gang(s) have also completed daily risk assessment. * Ensure build remains on target as per the completion date, reporting any delays/concerns to the Build Manager. * Ensure compliance to agreed Street Works processes as specified locally. * Ensure site set up and end of day closure adheres to the chapter 8 guidelines, adhering to all safety standards and record with photographs. * Collaborating with internal teams, sub-contractors and local authorities. * Liaising with street works team to make sure permit conditions are adhered to. Person Specification * Ability to work alone as well as in a strong team environment * NRSWA Street Works Supervisor Ticket * PIA accreditation * Safety conscious and compliant * Experience in managing crews * A full driving licence (Travel mostly around Cheshire expected) If you are an experienced Civil Site Agent looking for your next challenge, then please apply directly or get in touch for more information -

Payroll Project Manager (HR Transformation)

Key Accountabilities: Project managed delivery: * Accountable for leading the delivery of projects that are large, complex and represent significant benefit and risks within a complex stakeholder environment. * Managing the delivery of the project so that the deliverables and releases are completed on-time. * Matrix management of a multi-disciplined team, including contractors and 3rd parties and resources from other Customer Facing Units (CFUs). * Ensuring that there is a formal audit trail for the sign-off of all deliverables. * Chair regular project meetings to review risks, issues and progress against plan. * Monitor progress against the plan and intervene when necessary to take corrective action to stay on plan. * Report progress accurately to the PMO and stakeholders through regular progress reports and project briefings to the Management Delivery Group. * Resolve conflicts within the team to agree common goals and a sense of purpose, recognising that each specialism will have their own processes and standards to follow. * Ensure that the project team follow the programme's governance arrangements for reviewing key decisions and managing risks and issues. Project initiation: * Project manage the commercial activities working with specialists in Procurement, for the selection of the vendor and systems integrator. Project mobilisation: * Arranging a project kick-off and creating the Project Charter (PID) for assigned projects, detailing the business objectives, scope, benefits, team roles and responsibilities, high-level plan including constraints and dependencies, initial evaluation of risks and issues, resource plan and definition of deliverables. Planning: * Create and maintain the workstream project plan, adhering to the programmes planning standards and taking advice from the SMEs assigned to the workstream project to ensure that the plan is achievable and follows good practice. Obtain buy-in from the project team to their responsibilities and timescales. Change control: * Manage the team and stakeholders, so that a formal project change control process is followed for any changes in scope, benefits, costs or timescales. Risks and issues management: * Formally manage risks and issues to ensure that they are identified and managed within the project where possible. * Escalate high priority risks and issues that cannot be addressed within your project tolerances. Stakeholder management * Manage stakeholders, including project sponsors at Director Level providing regular updates to them and managing expectations and agreeing priorities. * Understand the interests and attitudes and consider what the implemented changes will mean for all stakeholders and how their concerns can be addressed. Skills/Experience required: * Advanced experience of managing projects to deliver new systems, services and transformational change. * Matrix management of multi-disciplined teams and managing suppliers and contractors. * Project management qualifications, such as PRINCE2. * Stakeholder Management experience * Use of Project Management tools, such as MS Project, JIRA and standard project management controls and documents. * Track record of managing large payroll implementations, preferably SAP Employee Central Payroll. Desired: * Experience of managing projects as part of a transformational programme.

Skills and qualifications needed for a career in cyber security

Advertisement