Morson Forces



MORSON FORCES Ambassador, Corporal Andy Reid, lost both his legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED plate whilst serving with the 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009.  Andy's story has inspired those at Morson and beyond, and as our official ambassador he works to help other ex-forces members transition into a civilian life with the help of our expert recruiters.

"I hope to develop the relationship with Morson by helping to recruit more armed forces personnel.

There’s a lot of service leavers out there who’ve got great skills, when they leave the armed forces some of those skills aren’t used anymore. I can see where within Morson Group those attributes can be used. The forces community can offer so much when they leave service and Morson is an ideal place for them to explore that. I attend careers events with Morson across the country, so come along and we'll help you take those first steps into your new life" - Andy Reid

In partnership with Andy we've created a suite of helpful content and video's which tackle issues such as mental health in the armed forces and a downloadable guide guide to help service leavers on their first steps to civilian employment.

"This guide is designed to offer some help to veterans as they look to take their first steps in the civilian world. In particular, I’ll walk you through some of my top tips for preparing to leave the armed forces." - Andy Reid

Andy's Resettlement Plan contains helpful advice and more light hearted content: 

  • Preparing to Leave the Armed Forces, Andy's Ten Step Guide
  • Jargon Buster, from Miltary to Civvy - find out how 'check your six', 'admin vortex' and more, relate to the civilian work space
  • Armed Ranks on Civvy Street - find out how levels of management in the army rank systems translate to the civilian world
  • Andy's Top Ten Tips for the 'Real World' - top tips like 'in the real world being able to do lots of press ups will not lead to automatic promotion!'
  • Plus CV writing and interview tips


For more information about Andy's support for veterans and the organisations he works with, please visit his website here.

Ready to take your next step to civilian employment?

With permanent and contract opportunities available across all disciplines from engineering to professional services, search our latest MORSON FORCES FRIENDLY jobs to find your next role. 

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    Rugby World Cup | Sale Sharks' Tom Curry on England vs Australia

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Sale Sharks' Tom Curry talks adapting to his new role at the World Cup Eddie Jones gives pre-match thoughts ahead of Saturday's quarter-final against Australia Described by Eddie Jones as one of England’s ‘Kamikaze Kids’, Tom Curry has taken the Rugby world by storm since making his professional debut in 2016 and his impressive form has seen him rapidly become an integral asset for club and country. At 21 years old, Curry is England’s youngest player at this World Cup and what’s more impressive is the fact that the flanker has been given the task of learning a new position, playing at six whilst the whole world watches. Tom recently spoke to the Independent’s Jack de Menzes about the transition to the role: “The toughest thing is probably the edge defence. Naturally you want to make a tackle and then get up and make another tackle but you need to try to work the big lads inside you and try and keep them all safe, and then try to get yourself into those positions out wide. That is pretty difficult sometimes” He added: “At the end of the day I don’t think there is anything massively different. I want to stay true to myself and how I want to play and from that adapt to what the team needs after that” With convincing wins over Tonga, United States and Argentina, England progressed from Pool C into the Quarter Finals where they will play Australia on Saturday morning. Australia won all but one of their games in Pool D, slipping up to Wales which saw them finish in second place. During a recent interview with the The Guardian, Eddie Jones gave his thoughts on what he expects from Saturday’s opponents: “Once you get to the quarter-finals it’s about having the right mindset. Australia are a clever team, they will have some specific strategies to play against us so we need to have a great situational awareness. We need to defend with brutality and when we have the ball we need to play on top of them” We look forward to a mouth-watering game on Saturday which begins a brilliant weekend of Rugby and wish Tom and England all the best.

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    All you need to know about contractor pay types - PAYE

    CONTRACTOR ADVICE | 4 MIN READ In our new blog series, we will guide you through the different pay types, their key points and also the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Read on to find out more about contracting through PAYE (Pay as You Earn). Finding the right pay option for you is a vital part of the contractor onboarding process. It is important that you make the right decision based on your circumstances. Here you can find some important information on the PAYE pay option. Read this guide carefully so you make the right choice when it comes to choosing your pay option. Pay as You Earn PAYE is a commonly used pay option that ensures your employer pays your income tax and national insurance contributions on your behalf. The employer is responsible for collecting and sending your tax contribution to the HM Revenue and Customs. It is important to note that your employer will deduct your tax contribution from your salary before you receive your pay. Your payslip will tell you how much tax and national insurance contributions you have paid. Want to learn more about contracting through an umbrella company? Read the blog and compare your options! Positives of PAYE for contractors There are several benefits of choosing PAYE as your pay option: PAYE is the simplest way to be paid. Your employer calculates, collects and sends your contribution to the HMRC through your deductions. Your employer handles your tax contribution, so you only need to provide your timesheet. As it is the easiest way to get paid, PAYE is often the perfect pay option for contractors who are only working on a single project or short contract. Your tax contribution is always registered so it will never be contested. Negatives of PAYE for contractors As you are registered as an employee, you are entitled to less tax relief than a limited company or sole trader. You are not able to obtain tax relief on out of pocket expenses. Will I get a pension with PAYE? When you register as a PAYE employee you will enter a 12-week postponement period. The postponement period is used to assess contracts and determine who should be enrolled in the workplace pension scheme. It can also be used to assess a contractor’s performance and suitability to the role. Workplace Pension Eligibility Once you have passed the postponement period, your eligibility will be assessed. Eligibility criteria: You are at least 22 years old and under the state pension age You earn more than £805.00 per week, this is based on the national earnings trigger You usually work in the UK If you pass the eligibility criteria you will be automatically enrolled into the workplace pension scheme. Whilst enrolled, 1% of your total monthly earnings will be placed into your pension pot. What if I’m a temporary worker? Temporary contractors are entitled to a slightly different pension scheme called the People’s Pension. The enrolment criteria and process are very similar to the workplace pensions scheme. The only difference is that the People’s Pension is managed by a third-party pension’s provider. But it's always a good idea to check with your employer. Ready to search for a new job with Morson? Click here to find your next opportunity. Or, if you’re a contractor and want to find out more about IR35 and how it may affect you, click here to read our blog series.

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    IR35: The risks of a blanket decision and how to avoid a talent shortage post April 2020

    With the industry braced for the autumn budget on the 6th November, private sector organisations have little over 6 months to get their IR35 strategy in place or face financial risk and a shortage of contract talent. Many businesses are only just starting to wake up to the work required to continue to use contractors compliantly due to private sector IR35 reform in April 2020. Our compliance and assurance director, Phil Beardwood, was this week featured in industry leading publication Personnel Today, discussing why it is irresponsible for organisations to panic and try to mitigate risk by cutting corners and taking a blanket approach to IR35. In April 2017, the government amended existing IR35 legislation so that public sector organisations employing contractors working through limited companies – meaning they pay less tax and national insurance – would now be responsible for deciding whether they were inside or outside of IR35. Genuinely self-employed contractors are deemed to be outside, but if you are considered inside IR35, HMRC expects you (and your employer) to pay the same tax and NI contributions as other, permanent employees. From April 2020, these rules extend to the private sector – and as recent headlines have shown, a number of organisations have opted to avoid the risk altogether by just demanding everyone goes on the payroll. Now that the onus is on the employer, rather than the contractor, to ensure they’re paying the appropriate level of tax, it’s understandable that they want to mitigate any risk. But we can learn much from public sector experiences. Phil Beardwood, compliance and assurance dirctor at Morson warns: “The public sector’s cautious approach to IR35 by deeming entire contractor populations as inside only created further problems, with many contractors quickly leaving their roles to pursue other assignments – and often with competitors – or pay rates increasing considerably in order to retain their services and skillsets” - Phil Beardwood, Compliance Director, Morson A recent survey by contractor accounting firm Brookson found that three in five private-sector contractors will consider working elsewhere if they are found to be inside IR35. So what can you do to prepare effectively and ensure you feel comfortable to continue to engage a contractor workforce? Morson and our expert IR35 partners have wealth of experience in dealing with IR35 matters across the public and private sector. To support you in the lead up to (and following) the April 2020 off-payroll changes, Morson has exclusive partnerships with specialist contractor services company, Champion Contractors, and Top 40 UK law firm, Weightmans LLP, both of whom have significant experience in helping businesses navigate the changes to how IR35 is applied in the public and private sector. Together we can help you undertake a full review of your contractual workforce. To ensure your business is prepared well in advance of the changes, contact the team at IR35@morson.com or check out our IR35 Hub.

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    Rugby World Cup | Sale Sharks' Faf de Klerk on South Africa vs Japan

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Sale Sharks and South Africa scrum-half, Faf de Klerk discusses the pressures to perform at the World Cup Faf also gives an insight into the expectations he placed on himself prior to the World Cup After a difficult start with a loss to favourites - New Zealand, South Africa won their remaining games in Pool B with empathic victories over Italy and Canada to secure progress to the World Cup Quarter Finals. Sale Sharks scrum-half, Faf de Klerk’s energetic and non-stop style of play has seen him become a fan favourite for the Springboks since his first cap in 2016 and the 27-year-old will be looking to showcase his finest form in Sunday’s huge game against Japan. Home nation, Japan has taken the tournament by storm so far, with a shock win over Ireland and followed it up with eye catching defeats of Scotland, Samoa and Russia to maintain a perfect record so far. Going up against a fearless free-flowing side like Japan will put the pressure on South Africa to perform at the level they have previously shown in this competition and Faf gave us an insight into what the pressure to perform in a World Cup is like: “I think it’s good, I think we’re still a bit of an underdog in the World Cup, I think that’s good as well. I think we’re always in with a shout every time. Even though through the year it might not go as well, I think the Springboks always have a chance to win it. I do think there will be a lot of pressure on the guys but we’re a nice group of lads, we get along really well and we’ll feed off that and hopefully take into games” De Klerk also described the expectations he placed on himself and the rest of the side prior to flying to Japan: “I think just to perform as consistently as possible, being a good 9 for the team, making sure my basics are 100% on the money; especially in games that are going to be tight. It’s going to come down to the little stuff you do well. As a team, we haven’t spoken about where we want to go with it but obviously the main goal will be to win it” Sunday’s game promises to be another scintillating contest in what has been an eventful tournament, we at Morson wish Faf and South Africa all the best this weekend.

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    Chris Ashton on Rugby League past, experience with Toulon and 19/20 season ahead with Sale

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ The winger relflects on the challenges of transitioning from League to Union and adapting to life in France Ashton also gives his thoughts ahead of this Saturday's huge Premiership opener against Gloucester Ahead of the huge Gallagher Premiership opener between Sale and Gloucester, we caught up with Chris Ashton to discuss his storied career which saw a transition from Rugby League to Union, playing in France and now his current form with Sale Sharks. This weekend marked the end of the Rugby League season, with St Helens winning the Grand Final against surprise package, Salford Red Devils. Ashton is no stranger to the elite competition in the Super League as the winger spent two years at Wigan Warriors, scoring an impressive 30 tries in 52 appearances. Chris gave an insight into the love he still has for Rugby League and what switching codes was like back in 2007: “I’m very much a big fan, I watch it as much as I can. It was a big part of my childhood playing Rugby League growing up but it is a very different game which is probably why I struggled so much coming to Union, because nothing was natural to me. Rugby League was all instinct and automatic whereas Union wasn’t like that. It took years to make Union instinctual and natural, like hitting breakdowns was something I’ve never done before so it took repeating that over and over for it to become part of my game rather than worrying about what to do next. It was difficult but I’m glad I made the transition” Ashton joined Northampton Saints in March 2007, but it was a long process to becoming a first team regular and a prolific Union player: “I had to take half the year out at Northampton because I didn’t get what was going on, so I had to sit and watch which was a difficult time. I had to play a lot of A-League and not first team – which is what everyone wanted. I got an opportunity after that and I made sure when I got back in that, I did all the basics right. Whatever was required from my job and whatever came naturally to me was extra. I worked week by week to stay in the team and it snowballed from there” After excelling in the Premiership with Northampton and then Saracens, Chris decided to test himself in the Top 14 league with Toulon for the 17/18 season. The former England winger only spent a year in France but he more than left his mark in the country, breaking the record for most tries in a single season with 24 in 23 appearances for the club. Despite his eye-opening form, the competition in the Premiership and the homeliness of England was something that Ashton missed: “It was a very different culture, one that I always wanted to try so I’m glad I did. Probably didn’t settle as well as I’d have hoped but I really enjoyed the Rugby over there, the weather’s always sunny. You got big crowds wherever you went in France so it was a really good experience for me and my family but a year was enough for me” After a successful individual season which saw Ashton score 50 points for Sale, the 32 year old is aiming for a strong campaign in domestic and European competitions in the 19/20 season: “Thankfully we managed to get into the European Champions Cup this year, I think with the players and talent we’ve got coming in, we’re a team that needs be in this competition. We’re looking forward to being back in that after a year out, we want to be playing against the best teams and being in that is only good going into the Premiership as they’re both top level tournaments. The goal this year is to get as high up in the table as we can, we just can’t get too excited, we have to start well” With a new Premiership season looming, an opportunity for Sale’s new recruits to showcase their skills at the highest-level beckons and Ashton is impressed with the international names and the academy graduates that have joined the side this year: “It’s just good to see a group of players come in fit and in shape, they’re keen to learn and get to training, that pushes everyone on. We’ve got a good group of young lads coming through but once the games get going that’s the difficult time. Maybe you don’t get picked and you’re constantly pushing for it, that’s when it gets tough. In the summer and you’re training it’s not easy but it’s easier when you’re pushing for a place, so let’s hope they do that throughout the season and they play well when they’re picked. The majority of the new lads who have come in are international players, so I’m really looking forward to seeing them” The Sharks come up against Gloucester in the season opener, the same side they finished the 18/19 campaign against in a thrilling 46-41 win at the AJ Bell back in May. Despite the game being an attractive display of attacking play, Ashton has made it clear that Saturday won’t be a similar high scoring affair, with both side’s defences looking to stand tall: “It was a typical end of season game, the sun’s out and everyone knows they’ve got some time off coming up so they want to score tries more than they want to defend. I think it’ll be a very different game to start the season, the defence will be a lot tighter for both teams” We wish Chris Ashton and the rest of Sale Sharks the best of luck this Saturday against Gloucester and stay tuned to see who our Morson Game Changer from week one is!​ Stay up to date and read more Morson Sport news here

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    Bentley Motors becomes the UK’s first carbon neutral luxury automotive factory

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 3 MIN READ Bentley Motors has taken another step on its journey to becoming the world’s most sustainable luxury car manufacturer. Their factory headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire has been given the internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality. Bentley Motors has taken another step on its journey to becoming the world’s most sustainable luxury car manufacturer by achieving carbon-neutral certification from the Carbon Trust. Their factory headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire has been given the internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality, reflecting the measures that Bentley has taken to reduce the carbon emitted in its operations, including the use of renewable electricity. The reason for their achievement? 100% of Bentley’s electricity is now generated by either on-site solar panels or purchased as certified green electricity. Not only that, all emissions that are unable to be eliminated are compensated with high-quality offsets. Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors, said: “While 2019 has marked Bentley’s centenary, our focus is now on preparing the business for the next 100 years. We want to lead the way in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility – by providing our customers with products and services that reflect their own values. We are very conscious of our responsibility to consider the environmental, social and economic impact of our organisation, and today’s news is just the latest stage in this journey.” Earlier this year we reported that Bentley had built the UK’s largest solar carport. You can read more about this unique innovation here. In May Bentley installed the solar carport of 10,000 solar panels, which have a capacity of 2.7MW, cover 1,378 car parking spaces and an area of 16,426m², enough to cover two football pitches. The solar carport takes Bentley’s total on-site solar panel energy capacity to 7.7MW, enough to cover over 1,750 homes. This includes the 2013 rooftop installation of 20,815 panels with the total number of individual solar panels on-site in Crewe now 30,815. John Newton, Head of Certification, the Carbon Trust, said: “The Carbon Trust is pleased to certify Bentley’s factory headquarters to PAS 2060, demonstrating its carbon neutrality. The initiatives that Bentley has undertaken to achieve this certification demonstrate the company’s commitment to becoming more sustainable.” To secure the PAS 2060 certification, Gold Standard carbon credits have been purchased to offset the emissions that occur during the manufacturing process. The quantity and quality of these credits have been independently verified by the Carbon Trust, the world’s leading independent certification body for carbon footprints. Watch the video below... Bentley is now accelerating its push towards electrification with the introduction of the first fully electric Bentley which is expected to launch in 2025. The luxury British marque has also just brought to market the first luxury plug-in hybrid, the Bentayga Hybrid, and aims to have hybrid variants of all models by 2023 and a BEV by 2025. Involved in over 2 out of every 3 vehicles built in the UK every day, Morson has some of the most exciting automotive jobs in the motor industry. Search Automotive and Motorsport jobs now.

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    Morson feature on SIA Fastest Growing US Staffing Companies list

    MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson ranks among the SIA Fastest Growing Staffing Companies in the USA With a key focus in aerospace, our North American presence was recently bolstered by the acquisition of CTSNA based in Canada Morson has been listed in the Staffing Industry Analysts report for Fastest Growing U.S Staffing Companies 2019. Sitting in 23rd, the positioning reflects a compound annual growth rate of 46.1% and a revenue of $23.3million in 2018. Arthur Mecom, head of operations for Morson’s US presence and based out of Houston, Texas, spoke about their business offering and its relationship with the UK markets: “From an industry perspective it’s comparable to what the core of Morson in the UK and Europe is. Our focus has been leveraging global relationships with clients in aerospace and defence, energy, and IT. That’s where we’ve seen growth. We want to get to the point where we’re not only supplying engineers but also professional services and the full scope of an organisation’s requirements.” In 2018, Morson Group acquired CTSNA, headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. This acquisition provides the business with the opportunity to grow and expand further, as Arthur explains: “CTSNA up in Canada have a background in telecoms and nuclear power. There’s also a lot of crossover between Canadian and US organisations as well as the candidate market place. In Canada and the US it’s common for people to go from one country to another for different job opportunities so a linking operation for our clients is ideal.” Phil Power is based out of Irvine, California and together with Arthur has been developing Morson’s presence in North America for the last four years. “Aerospace has historically been the biggest, mainly on the West Coast. We also support a lot of manufacturing within those aerospace clients. We’ve set the locations up, including another in Florida, on the East Coast, to fit client needs.” Arthur points towards the future of Morson’s sector coverage, drawing on the existing talent pool for brand new sectors. “While we don’t have a presence in the sector yet, with our positioning on the ‘Space Coast’ of Florida and being close to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, the future could potentially see us expanding into the growing space and space tourism industries. They’re also looking at building a space port in Houston, one of the airports for the 3,500mph rocket travel system run by commercial organisations with ties to NASA.” There are also exciting projects in the USA that have never been done before in the country but that Morson have UK experience with. As Phil remarks: “There’s looking to be an off-shore wind project off the East Coast which has never been done before. These are projects that require global expertise and also the ability to leverage the existing talent pool in the US with any and all transferable skillsets.” In the short-term, Morson USA aims to grow further in aerospace, leveraging the successes of existing clients to further develop. “There’s a goal of growing organically as well as acquisitions where we find like-minded organisations. We also want to align the historic Morson International presence in North America with CTSNA to create one presence. There’s a lot of crossover between Canadian and US organisations, and it’s common for candidates to move between countries for job opportunities. A linking operation like ours would be ideal for our clients.” Find out more about Morson USA here, and for our latest job opportunities in North America, click here

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    How Morson is supporting contractors with mental health initiatives #WorldMentalHealthDay

    Today marks #WorldMentalHealthDay2019. A day where the nation comes together for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing. It’s estimated that one in four people experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue in any given year and at any one time. 15% have taken time off work due to mental health reasons. Of these, 28% were off work for more than a month. Throughout the day we have been reflecting on the internal initiatives that we have put in place over the past year to support our colleagues. But we also have a responsibility to care for our contractors too. Morson is dedicated to providing a safe working environment for our contractors and one where each person is fully aware of the support network in place if they, or someone they know, is experiencing a mental health issue. Mental health awareness on the tracks Throughout 2019 we have kick-started our mental health initiatives on the tracks. To provide an insight into what support is available for our rail workers, we sat down with Morson’s Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental Compliance Director, Gareth Morris: “We have introduced a network of mental health first aiders to provide support to contractors working on the London Underground, one of Morson’s main areas for rail workers. We had a number of rail workers come forward and volunteer to take the training which was delivered by Russell Kimble, Morson’s Night Operations Manager and HSQE advisor. Due to the nature of the job, working in rail can often see contractors working unsociable hours, research shows that working at night, when our body’s natural internal clock expects us to be asleep, puts stresses and strains on physical and mental wellbeing. That’s why we want to promote the availability of our mental health support to them as much as we can and we are looking to develop and enlarge the network of mental health first aiders even more to hopefully reach more people.” Available to both Morson colleagues and our rail contractors is the Employee Assistance Programme. The external phone line is a free service open 24/7, 365 days a year. It’s designed to provide you with professional, independent and impartial information, support, and counselling. The programme is a confidential service available to all employees. Qualified counsellors can provide advice and support to help you work through any concerns and deal with anxiety or stress. The programme’s information services can equip you with the essential knowledge to help you address everyday challenges or at work or in your personal life. Gareth added: “Overall, we want to ensure that our contractors lead a happy life, both physically, socially and mentally. We have multi-cultural workforce and we want to ensure that no one feels isolated and that if anyone feels that they need to reach out for help, they know they have people that they can talk to in confidence.” Tackling mental health in the workplace whitepaper Mental health is now a permanent part of the workplace, with figures from the Department of Health stating that one in four of us will experience mental illness at some point in our lives. At Morson, we have seen an increase in the number staff coming forward to express their own struggles with mental illness and seek support. This change in attitudes presented the opportunity to strengthen our own workplace priorities towards mental health by developing effective engagement strategies that tackle the core issues. In doing so, this has enabled us to attract and retain our talented people, driv­­­e productivity and innovation and reap numerous commercial benefits that set us apart from many of our competitors. Last year we launched our mental health whitepaper and pledged our support in stamping out stigma and creating inclusive, equal and diverse workplaces. Our guide aims to provide guidance on how to alter attitudes, spot the signs and tackle the issues. Click below to download.

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    Morson support both colleagues and contractors this #WorldMentalHealthDay

    WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2019 | 8 MIN READ​ This #WorldMentalHealthDay we reflect on the progress that we have made throughout the year in terms of raising awareness and the support that is now available to our colleagues and contractors. Throughout the day we will be sharing more information about what initiatives Morson has put in place and the positive impact these initiatives have had over the past year. ​Today marks #WorldMentalHealthDay2019. A day where the nation comes together for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing. 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from mental health issues, although only around 30% seek help. So, today we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made throughout the past year in terms of raising awareness and the support that is now available to our colleagues and contractors if you, or someone you are concerned about, is experiencing a mental health issue. Launching the Morson Group Mental Health First Aider network In May we launched our Mental Health First Aiders programme where colleagues throughout our UK office network are trained to identify, understand, and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. They are based all over the country and provide emotional support and guidance to our colleagues in branch offices, onsite and at our head office in Manchester. Identifiable by their white lanyards, they’re here to be a point of contact if you, or someone you are concerned about, is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress and are available to talk to over the phone, via email, or in person. We’ve had a fantastic response to implementing this support network at Morson. Heather Deering, our Health, Wellbeing and Engagement Partner spoke about some of the feedback we have received: “Everyone has embraced these initiatives with open arms; the reception has been invariably positive. We’ve had feedback that making mental health an ongoing and central point of focus has acted as an excellent catalyst to opening up the conversation among our employees and contractors, without anyone feeling self-conscious. This is really important to us as one of our main aims when we launched the initiative was to normalise conversations around mental health in the workplace. Our HR team have noticed an increase in the number of employees who disclose to us that they are living with mental health conditions. I don’t think this is representative of a true increase in people experiencing issues, but rather of those who feel comfortable letting us as a business know about them. This is so crucial because it allows us to reach out and offer support to our colleagues, ensuring we’re making sure their workplace is an environment for them to thrive. The thing is, not everybody wants or needs to take it up, but knowing it’s there is sometimes enough.” Heather discusses the scheme... We’ve implemented mental health in the workplace training Another initiative we have launched this year is our Managing Mental Health in the Workplace training module which is now compulsory for anyone with line manager responsibilities. This course provides our line managers with the information and skills they need to identify, support and manage employees with mental health conditions, as well as imparting the understanding that supporting the mental health of their team is a key responsibility of being a line manager. Heather added: “The training we’ve provided and continue to provide is also proving invaluable to our managers. I’ve had several instances of feedback and visible demonstration where training has changed perspectives, provided the confidence to approach discussions around mental health, or ability to deal with situations in a more assured manner.” We asked Heather if she could demonstrate the impact that implementing mental health initiatives into a business could really have. The impactful story she shared was so inspiring… “The best example I can think of to demonstrate the impact, actually happened very recently. One of our MHFAs conducted an intervention for a distressed member of the public who was intending to complete suicide at a railway station. With the help of a colleague she intervened, talking with the person to help de-escalate the situation, keeping them and everyone else involved safe until the emergency services arrived. When I spoke with this colleague after the incident, she said that she felt without a doubt that her MHFA training allowed her to confidently identify and deal with the situation on the day. She has since received a certificate and letter of thanks from the Samaritans for her actions, and we’re incredibly proud of her. Although this is of course an extreme example it provides a good indicator of how our training is having a real-life impact.” It might not just be a bad day - download our toolkit As part of our mental health awareness initiative, we have responded to employee feedback requesting more practical guidance around mental health in the workplace. As a result, we have created a new toolkit which looks at subjects such as signs and signals someone might be experiencing a mental health issue and how to approach a conversation around mental health. Click below to download the toolkit.

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    #BreastFest comes to Morson! Proud to host Prevent Breast Cancer awareness event

    MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Prevent Breast Cancer bring their #BreastFest event to Morson The campaign, part of our larger health and wellbeing programme aims to raise awareness of breast cancer and the benefits of regular checks Morson hosted our first ever Prevent Breast Cancer event to raise awareness of breast cancer. On Thursday 3rd October 2019 Prevent Breast Cancer’s Boobee Bus toured Morson’s three Manchester offices as part of #BreastFest, offering talks and advice to Morson Group employees. A spokeswoman for Prevent Breast Cancer said: “We just want to raise awareness because there are so many women out there who don’t check themselves regularly and they don’t go for screenings. We need to get it across to people that the numbers are going up.” One in nine women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. “I went through it through finding a lump and I don’t want anyone to go through what I had to go through with it. We’re going round and letting people learn about the signs and symptoms. We’ve got check cards to show people what to look out for and gives them the information to give them an idea of what to look out for. We can also answer certain questions or refer them on to a GP if they’re really worried.” The Boobee Bus will be touring around the Manchester area over the coming months to promote the awareness to ensure women get checked out earlier rather than later. “We’re trying to prevent it rather than cure it. Screening doesn’t start until 47 and we’re trying to get the age down to even 35 because there are more young women being diagnosed every day. I was only 41 when I was diagnosed so I was below screening age. If people can find the lumps earlier, we can cut down on the number of women who are diagnosed too late.” After visiting the Morson Projects office in Irlam, the BooBee Bus headed to Morson Group head office and members of the team presented an hour long talk about the early signs of the illness. It then headed across to Vital Human Resources where employees boarded the bus and spoke with the representatives. Andy Robinson, Operations and Apprenticeship Manager at Morson Vital Training, was among them: “Things like this are really important to people. Breast cancer is a big thing in my family. My wife’s family have the BRCA1 gene so the more people who know about it and what to look for, the more people that are able to check themselves properly. It will save lives.” #BreastFest forms part of a larger focus by the Morson Group on health and wellbeing. Previous events have covered mental health, while a future event will see the focus shift to male-specific cancers. For those who missed the talk, a full recording is available below:

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    NASA takes delivery of first all-electric X-plane ready for ground testing

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ The first all-electric X-plane was delivered to NASA last week. The X-plane, known as Mod II will be used for ground testing of the cruise electric propulsion system at the Californian site. The first all-electric X-plane was delivered to NASA last week. Empirical Systems Aerospace (ESAero) delivered the first of three configurations of the X-57 Maxwell to the space agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The X-plane, known as Mod II will be used for ground testing of the cruise electric propulsion system at the Californian site. It will be the first manned X-plane to be built in two decades and will be NASA’s first all-electric experimental aircraft.The concept is based on the four-seater Tecnam P2006T conventional light aircraft but its twin Rotax 912S3 four-cylinder piston engines have been replaced by 18 electric cruise motor nacelles with individual propellers. Now the aircraft has been delivered, NASA can begin Phase 2 of the project which firstly includes a truck-mounted test of a modified high-aspect-ratio wing and motors. Once the X-57 has been fully developed, it is expected to be over 500% more efficient in high-speed cruising than a conventional aircraft. Not to mention it produces no in-flight carbon dioxide emissions. X-57 Project Manager Tom Rigney said: "The X-57 Mod II aircraft delivery to NASA is a significant event, marking the beginning of a new phase in this exciting electric X-plane project,” “With the aircraft in our possession, the X-57 team will soon conduct extensive ground testing of the integrated electric propulsion system to ensure the aircraft is airworthy. We plan to rapidly share valuable lessons learned along the way as we progress toward flight testing, helping to inform the growing electric aircraft market.” CATCH UP ON THE LATEST AEROSPACE BLOGS FROM MORSON What happens if you put a plane engine in a car!? Imagine flying at 3,500 mph from New York City to Paris, partly through space. Virgin Galactic steps closer to completing SpaceShipTwo Engineers set out to reduce flight delays with low-energy defrosting technique It is reported that the purpose of the X-57 is to help develop certification standards that can be applied to electric aircraft as they come onto the market. Image sourced via NASA/Lauren Hughes. Morson is the No.1 aerospace recruiter, supplying the aerospace and defence industry for 50 years. Ready to find your next role? Search our Aerospace & Defence jobs here.

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    Rugby World Cup | Sale Sharks' AJ MacGinty on USA vs Argentina

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Sale Sharks and USA fly half, AJ MacGinty, discusses the progression of rugby in the USA over the past few years We look at his tournament so far as he heads into tomorrow's game against Argentina Progressing from Pool C was always going to be an extremely tough ask for the growing USA side; with England, France, Argentina and Tonga standing in their way. Three weeks into the tournament and the journey has proved to be as difficult as many predicted, with losses to England and France, despite valiant efforts during both games. However, Sale Sharks’ AJ MacGinty has given Eagles fans moments to cheer about, with 3 penalties and a conversion in the opening games and the fly-half will look to continue to take all opportunities that present themselves in Wednesday’s game against Argentina. A win over Argentina or Tonga in the coming weeks would be massive for the side whose World Cup record isn’t as favourable to their determination and progress that has been made in expanding the sport further. AJ spoke to us prior to heading to Japan about how far the side and the sport has come in the U.S last few years... “I think there has been a lot of progress. There’s been a lot of consistency over the last three/three and a half years since we finished the last World Cup cycle with John Mitchell coming in and his coaching staff. But that’s changed now, the progression of the squad, there’s been the same 50 players for each tour which has been really good for us. Also with the development of Rugby in America all across age groups, with the professional league now, there’s guys coming out of college with a league to come into. Whenever we get together, the standard of the training environment is really good. Hopefully that continues and we see the benefits from it” He also gave his thoughts on the competition in Pool C: “It’s obviously a really tough group. After that last World Cup cycle, the aim was to be number one seed from North America. We’ve never done that before, this is the first time in the group that we achieved that. It puts us in a really difficult group but all the groups are difficult. Every game is massive, all the games in our group are going to be unbelievable games” We wish AJ and the USA the best of luck tomorrow against Argentina! Keep up to date with our Sale Sharks players who are playing for their country during the Rugby World Cup on @MorsonGroup - exclusive interviews with Tom Curry and Faf De Klerk coming soon!

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