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Morson Group has been shortlisted in the first ever Engineering Talent Awards in two categories.
The Engineering Talent Awards are a new recognition scheme that have been set up by Equal Engineers, an organisation headed up by Mark McBride-Wright. By connecting inclusive employers with diverse talent, their aim is to create inclusive engineering and technology organisations by increasing diversity and improve stakeholder mental health.
Morson has been shortlisted in the categories of Large Employer of the Year and Best Recruitment Team of the Year.
Our submission highlighted our continued showcasing of women within the engineering industry to act as role models for women considering a career within the sector. It also highlighted our sponsorship and support of key events and organisations such as the Big Rail Diversity Games, hosting the North West Diversity Forum and our membership of Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT charity.
Other initiatives discussed included our rainbow laces scheme, where hundreds of Morson track operatives working on the London Underground were given rainbow-striped laces for their safety boots in celebration and support of the LGBT community.
Support for mental health and wellbeing was a big focus of the submission. In 2018, Morson released our first mental health whitepaper, which included results from our contractor survey. It found that almost half (46%) of those living with a mental health condition hide it from their colleagues and employer, and almost 1 in 10 have considered taking their own life because of their mental health struggles. Alongside the appointment of a Health and Wellbeing Partner, we introduced over 30 Mental Health First Aiders – employees within the business who possess the skills to spot the signs of mental illness amongst our workforce and who have the confidence to intervene.
For the category of Large Employer of the Year, Morson is shortlisted alongside Rolls Royce and UK Power Network. For the category of Best Recruitment Team of the Year, our recruiters are shortlisted alongside Cordant Engineering and the Siemens Talent Acquisition Team.
The winners of each category will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 23rd April in London, along with the Overall Excellence in Engineering Award being presented to the overall winner.