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Client Services Director, Steve Seddon, began his career as the first ever apprentice at Morson in 1980 and over the last three decades has worked his way up to a position as director. Find out about the opportunities apprenticeships provide.

As the UK's No.1 Technical Recruiter, Morson are proud to support the Year of Engineering 2018.

Morson are helping to change perceptions of engineering, developing the next generation of trailblazers and championing diversity in the sector.

THE PROJECTS

Bringing with them intense competition for skilled resource, the 'Triple H' will fuel a fantastic amount of opportunities in the UK job market over the next 20 years.

Expected growth across these UK infrastructure projects will create a demand for over 250,000 construction workers and over 150,000 engineering workers by 2020.

APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINING

Apprenticeships and training are critical to the success of major projects and the UK’s infrastructure investment plan. 

Morson are committed to developing future talent and have pledged that at least 5% of our workforce will be made up of apprentices throughout the year of engineering and beyond. 

Follow our apprentices' journey >

DIVERSITY IN ENGINEERING

Improving diversity in engineering must be a core focus if the UK is to deliver its programme of major infrastructure projects.  

During the year of engineering and beyond Morson will be working hard to encourage more women into engineering through scholarships, events and mentorships at school level. 

To support this we have pledged to double the number of females we have in engineering roles by the end of the decade.

Explore our diversity portal >

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Morson is the UK's No.1 Technical, Aerospace and Rail recruiter. With hundreds of engineering jobs across 12 sectors worldwide, you're sure to find an exciting opportunity with us.

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    Collaborative Working is the Future of Transformational Rail

    Adrian Adair, operations director at Morson International, discusses the importance of working together to attract people into the rail sector. Over the past 7 years Adrian’s passion for innovation and commitment to delivering tailored solutions to employees, candidates and clients alike put him at the forefront of our industry. This article is also featured in July's edition of Recruitment International. Delivering the Government’s growing infrastructure and construction pipeline will contribute to solving a number of national concerns around regional inequalities, productivity and housing shortages, whilst delivering new opportunities in urbanisation, connectivity and sustainability. Rail travel is an essential part of this strategy and HS2 will be the new backbone of Britain’s national rail network. Europe’s largest engineering and construction project will create an estimated 25,000 interim roles, 3,100 permanent positions in operations and maintenance and more than 2,000 new apprenticeships, providing golden opportunities for suppliers and recruiters alike. Developing a sustainable talent pipeline Morson International, together with sister company Vital Rail, has been mapping HS2 from its infancy to understand the complete project lifecycle and skills requirements. Understanding the demands of the project, including the stakeholders’ objectives, targets and challenges, will help Morson to develop a sustainable talent pipeline, using HS2 Ltd’s Skills, Education and Employment (SEE) outputs as a guide for achieving this. To better interpret the SEE outputs and identify how Morson International, Vital Rail and the wider Morson Group can collaborate with its delivery partners, the Group brought together key opinion leaders from HS2 Ltd and the project supply chain to debate the opportunities and challenges, with senior representatives in attendance from BBV, Bechtel, CEK, Mott MacDonald and WSP. Collaborating for better results Collaboration, together with innovation and sustainability, are key principles of HS2’s delivery framework and will determine the effectiveness of the project and its overarching goals. There was real appetite from every organisation around the table to work together to achieve collective change, by preventing duplication of effort and increasing the effectiveness of training, recruitment and diversity programmes; but this collaboration must stretch further than the Tier 1 contractors and their own supply chains. HS2 presents significant opportunity for the recruitment industry, not only to deliver the thousands of niche and volume skillsets required throughout the project lifecycle, but to upskill an entire generation through apprenticeships and skills development opportunities for those already working within the sector. Yet the delivery timescales of the project align with a number of other major projects in the UK, including Hinkley Point C, highways schemes and airport transformations, increasing the demand for talent within what is already a limited talent pool of resources. The Brexit impact Recruiting and retaining the talent required to build the high-speed rail network is also further impacted by the Brexit decision. Britain’s eventual exit from the EU will see the rail industry lose 10 per cent of its workforce, a figure that could be even higher in some areas, particularly in the South East of England where EU nationals make up around 40 per cent of the construction workforce. We’re supporting HS2’s supply chain to work together to overcome the challenges that come with delivering the complexities and sheer scale of the project within the current social and political climate; and these same collaborative principles must be applied to the wider recruitment industry. Recruiters can no longer sit in isolation and instead must work in alliance to provide the entire supply chain with the best talent, especially during peak periods. Collaborative working has an important role to play in helping the industry complete critical infrastructure projects efficiently and cost effectively, and set the benchmark for the delivery of all major projects within the forthcoming pipeline. We’ve built integrated partnerships with a number of recruiters throughout the UK, from boutique agencies through to global leaders, and we’re always looking for new, like-minded partners to share best practice and create bespoke talent-based solutions that service all levels of a project. Talent-based solutions In response to the roundtable debate, Morson International, together with Vital Rail and Morson Vital Training, has developed a detailed whitepaper entitled ‘Skills on track: Future proofing the rail industry’, which outlines a number of bespoke talent strategies and techniques that support the achievement of a contractor’s SEE outputs and works to meet the specific skill levels required during key delivery points. The rail industry has one of the most positive forward outlooks, with more than £14billion due to be invested into the sector over the next decade. The whitepaper builds upon the insights gained from the Tier 1 contractors and their supply chain partners, which combined with our own expertise and knowledge of harnessing talent to help meet the demands of our clients working on some of the most ambitious infrastructure schemes, details the effective strategies that must be adopted to ensure HS2’s successful delivery. The importance of apprenticeships Engineering new perceptions around the sector and improving education and guidance, particularly from primary school age upwards, are two major factors detailed throughout the whitepaper report, which recruiters must play an active role in helping to improve. HS2 Ltd is committed to improving the take of apprenticeships during the project’s construction and operation phases and the whitepaper sheds light on what actions are needed to effectively achieve this core objective. There was unanimous agreement around the table that the current perceptions of apprenticeships being a ‘last resort’ are preventing young people from choosing this aspirational route. A number of Tier 1 contractors gave examples of how their own apprenticeship schemes, even those at higher levels, were being dismissed by parents and young people as a viable alternative to traditional A Level and University routes. Whilst parents still remain a major blocker, more needs to be done to promote the career opportunities in rail at a far younger age, something that we’re already working to achieve by partnering with education providers from primary school age right through to degree level. The whitepaper examines in detail a number of effective solutions that will work to ensure the successful delivery of HS2 and the achievement of its core objectives, including prioritising more spending at primary school level to educate teachers in becoming ambassadors for vocational training, and awareness campaigns to showcase engineering as an aspirational career path and dispel stereotypes. Attracting people into the sector Collectively, these solutions, combined with active strategies to support in-career transitioning to attract workers with similar skillsets, will support the upskilling of the current workforce and build a sustainable and diverse pipeline of talent that also works to attract people from underrepresented and hard to reach groups. Collaboration is the core theme running throughout the whitepaper and in response, Morson International has proposed launching a new HS2 ‘Think Tank’ to oversee, coordinate and facilitate joint effort amongst the supply chain, strengthen industry-wide initiatives and provide a vehicle for driving real action and progression. Collectively we can make recruitment stronger and we are committed to bringing real change, which is a case that we’re bringing to MPs, education providers and other key stakeholders to turn talk into action. HS2 is only the beginning and we’re working to replicate the same strategies to other major projects, including Hinkley Point C. Establishing shared goals with powerful solutions requires effective collaboration and we’ll be delivering a number of supplier days and workshops over the coming months with our like-minded recruitment partners, particularly those in the SME space, to upskill and improve industry-wide talent matching. We manage £multi-million contracts for our clients and these intelligent solutions rooted in collaboration and sustainability will achieve the best outcomes. For more information download our ‘Skills on track: Future proofing the rail industry’ whitepaper. To find your opportunity on HS2, search our latest rail jobs now.

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    The High and Low's of Job Hunting Told in Emoji's | World Emoji Day

    Today we celebrate #WorldEmojiDay (yes, there's literally a day for anything). From the depths of current job boredom, to the nerves of interview and elation of an offer - we chart the emotional rollercoaster that is a job search with the help of our expressive friends > Top links: Ready to start your job search? Search our latest jobs Get interview ready with Morson's Interview Tips Read up on the latest career advice Get industry news and the latest insights from Morson in the Candidate Hub Get found by our recruiters - create a candidate profile Register your CV and create job alerts to get relevant job direct to your inbox require(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl":"mc.us12.list-manage.com","uuid":"70b8229547533b3af4724b408","lid":"28a6020019"}) })

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    What Business Can Learn from England’s World Cup Success

    England’s World Cup campaign was a massive surprise to the nation as they made it to the semi- finals for the first time since 1990. Much of the team consisted of players who are far from the era of superstars of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, with stand outs this time being the likes of Jordan Pickford, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire. We look at how diversity, unity and the confidence to challenge convention can lead to success on the pitch and in business. Developing talent Experiencing successes and failures is a key way to develop an agile and resilient team. Most of England’s squad have been willing to adapt from a young age while moving up the pyramid system where they have made mistakes that have been integral to their growth. A key example in the England national side is Jordan Pickford, who played regular football at the likes of Carlisle United and Bradford City before returning to his loan club, Sunderland and earning a move to Everton. This steady progress made the transition through the league systems seamless due to the experience and freedom to learn being available. Having an environment where young players/employees are free to find their feet and thrive rather than be in a restricted atmosphere will allow them to be more assertive and confident in their decision making through hands on experience. Diversity On the other hand, the side also contained young talent that have been nurtured by some of Europe’s top sides from the youth developmental system such as Marcus Rashford and Trent Alexander Arnold. Both have only experienced football at its highest level at each stage of their career, meaning that they will most likely have been taught to deal with high pressure situations from a young age. This diversity of people from different backgrounds is essential for success in the work place also, as a team of individuals from the same background in terms of their professional experiences wouldn’t see as much innovation as a group of individuals who bring different life experiences to the table. Challenge convention The decision in terms of who made the final squad for the World Cup is also a great example of how challenging conventions and taking risks are necessary to succeed in any career. Gareth Southgate threw away the idea of big name players making the list purely for their past success, instead rewarding players the opportunity for their stellar seasons alone. The inclusion of the likes of Ashley Young, Kieran Trippier and Ruben Loftus Cheek initially raised eyebrows for their inclusions due to their lack of high level international experience. All three men have performed brilliantly and have proven that it is wise to find comfort in the uncomfortable and to make decisions that may not please everybody but you feel are correct in the long run. Unity The closeness of the England squad throughout the World Cup has been abundantly clear. Their commitment to each other and working for the good of the team has been obvious both on and off the pitch and has paid dividends. It’s a stark contrast to previous years - Rio Ferdinand has previously stated that he found it difficult to be friends with England players in rival teams. This can also be directly linked to success for businesses as according to research from Gallup, employees that feel a great connection with members of their team are more likely to take positive actions that will benefit the business. Even though England didn’t go all the way, there are many positives that we can take and build upon both on the pitch and in the board room. ​ #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */

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    Morson Support UK’s First STEM Competition to Convert Used Petrol Go Karts to Fully Electric Machines

    To mark the Year of Engineering, the very first schools STEM competition to recycle used petrol go karts and turn them into high powered electric versions is being piloted this summer with five teams from Bolton, Wigan and Lancashire taking part. The teams are made up of young people aged 13 -18 years old. The fully-electric prototype vehicles will take to the track at Three Sisters Racing Circuit in Wigan on the 17 July (9am to 2pm) to test which is the fastest. Judging will be based on performance, design, energy storage and how well the teams work together to problem solve. The ProtoEV Challenge is the brainchild of Manchester based tech education specialists The Blair Project and Blackburn College’s Regional Automotive Technology Hub, with funding from Greater Manchester Higher and a range of sponsors and supporters including CAL International who specialize in designing and testing automotive concepts, Carbon Performance, PWHytek, Siemens, Northern Automotive Alliance, NIS Integrated Engineering and Prof John Perkins former Chief Scientific Adviser. All share a commitment to inspire and enthuse the next generation of technicians and engineers. Tragedy struck earlier this month when one of the school teams, Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley had their self build kart stolen. Within hours of a crowdfunding campaign being set up to raise £4k to buy back the kart kit, the Morson Group in collaboration with the Morson Maker Space at The University of Salford stepped in to provide the sponsorship so the team could continue to compete. Blair Project CEO Nile Henry (22) said “The project is intended to inspire young people to get excited about science, technology and engineering using the exhilaration of motorsport innovation and design. There is a serious shortage of young people going into tech and engineering in the UK and the current school curriculum is not geared up to address it. We’re trying to plug that gap, by providing a project-based learning activity that gives young people the hands on, practical experience and life skills that employers want, as well as the inspiration and motivation to pursue well paid careers in engineering and tech that they might otherwise not have thought about.” According to Engineering UK, the engineering sector needs to employ 203,000 new people per year with the requisite skills. The annual shortfall of engineering graduates and engineering-related apprentices is close to 60,000. Adrian Adair, Operations Director at Morson International added, “We have several key engineering projects in the North West, not least HS2, and it’s critical that we work to bridge any skills gaps by attracting the best new talent in our region and for young bright minds to take up engineering skills and set them up for future careers right here in the North of England.” ProtoEV will be scaled up as a Greater Manchester wide championship in 2019 involving up to 20 x schools and colleges, with plans to roll it out into London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and then export it into the USA the following year as a potential feeder series for Formula E. A small delegation of pupils and teachers will travel to the USA this autumn to visit other cutting edge STEM projects in New York and Florida. For many pupils, it will be the first time they have travelled outside of the UK. The visit will also be used to develop greater transatlantic trade links for the partners and sponsors involved in the project helped by UK Trade & Investment and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. The Blair Project has also begun working with international tech partners and gaming specialists in India to develop a Global E-Learning Platform which will use gamification to teach STEM principles in a way that taps into how young people learn best. Join @MorsonGroup on Twitter for the action as it happens on the 17th July. Find your next engineering opportunity, search the latest engineering jobs.

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    3 Engineering Feats That Make Wimbledon Possible

    The World Cup certainly gave us some surprises this summer and Wimbledon has had one or two of its own, with favourite Roger Federer knocked out in the quarterfinals. As Andy Murray sits in the commentary box, hopes for a thrilling semi-final rest on Nadal and Djokovic as they go toe to toe on the grass this afternoon. However, none of this would be possible without the behind the scenes engineering innovations that make the game so great. We take a look at three of these: Hawk-eye Hawk-Eye has been an integral part of tennis since 2002 and continues to truly enhance the game for federations, tournaments, broadcasters, sponsors, academics and fans. Used in over 80 tournaments around the world, Hawk-Eye’s ITF approved Electronic Line Calling service takes the doubt out of close line calls by using the most sophisticated and accurate (to the millimetre) ball tracking cameras to identify whether a ball has bounced in or out. Using a technology called Computer Vision (central to speed cameras and robotics), the system measures the bounce point of the ball relative to the global coordinates of the tennis court, and then tries to infer the position of that bounce point relative to the line. These ball location estimates are then combined with ball ballistics (i.e. the rise in temperature caused by the collision of the ball on the ground). This electronic judging mostly gets it right - more often than humans do - but there are no absolutes. Centre Court Roof Gone are the days of having to watch the game at Wimbledon under a murky, rain-filled sky with the new all-weather multi-million-pound motorised roof. The enclosed environment that took three years to build provides the players with fantastic and most importantly, dry playing conditions when the weather is unfavourable. The translucent roof takes a total of eight minutes to close, controlled by variable-speed drivers to ensure it moves at no more than 214mm per second. It weighs a staggering 3,000 tonnes and stands 16 metres above the court surface. Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters were the first players to play under the new structure, which opened on 17th May 2009. Real-Time Performance Data In professional tennis, players and coaches can now access real-time performance data on an iPad during live match play. The software provides insight to help players and coaches analyse the performance of players and optimise the strategy accordingly. It could potentially be the difference between winning and losing a match – or even a championship. At the Wimbledon 2017 championship, it is estimated that a huge 53,713,514 data points were analysed. The data is used in many different ways including delivering historical perspective, live stats, predictive analytics, serve direction and much more. To find your next opportunity, search our latest engineering jobs. To keep up-to-date with the latest from our #TeamMorson ambassadors and sporting news, follow our Twitter page @MorsonGroup and Instagram @weare_morson.

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    Gareth Southgate | A Leadership Masterclass

    The England football team could potentially be hours away from their first FIFA World Cup final since 1966. Morson sales director, David Lynchehaun, gives his thoughts on the man leading the charge... The nation didn’t see this coming but some excellent leadership from Gareth Southgate has seen the England team power through to unexpected and welcome success. Leaders become great not because of their power but their ability to empower others and this has been seen in the England camp throughout the tournament. In this blog, I pick five of Southgate’s key traits which demonstrate the hallmarks of a great leader, and how this can translate into the working environment. Invest in the future Remember when Alan Hansen famously said “you can’t win anything with kids” of Manchester United before they stormed into a decade of footballing dominance? Nothing could be further from the truth. Fresh-faced youth often needs the contribution of experience however; for every Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes, there was a Denis Irwin and a Peter Schmeichel to guide them. But investment is key, and the young employees of today are the business leaders of tomorrow, in the same way that many of the best managers in the world today are themselves former players. When Southgate missed that penalty for England in Euro 96, the experience, coupled with the leadership around him, made him grow into the man to lead the national team into their first ever World Cup penalty win. This is why it’s vital to nurture younger talent, so when the time comes for them to take over from you, they’ve been nourished with enough guidance to make them excel. Southgate’s trust in such a young squad has been rewarded richly at this World Cup. What’s particularly key is that he managed a lot of these players at under-21 level previously, and the bonds formed from this time have been crucial in the current success for both parties. At Morson we’ve seen similar successes with our employees who served apprenticeships. Indeed, our first apprentice started with us in 1980 is now our client services director, passing his knowledge down throughout the business. It’s about building a pipeline of talent. Understand individuals Like any great football team, a successful working environment is made up of a collection of very different people with very different personalities and skillsets. You get the sense Southgate knows each of these players inside out. This probably comes from his experience with them from under-21 level (see above point regarding the importance of youth) and will have done wonders for the teams’ prospects in Russia and beyond. Sir Alex Ferguson was a great leader in this respect. He recognised that in order to get the best out of his players, he would have to tailor the way he treated them (he reportedly never once shouted at Eric Cantona, even after his infamous kung-fu kick). Do they need an arm over their shoulder, or do they need the ‘hairdryer’? The same is true in business. Understanding what makes each employee tick is crucial to getting the best out of everyone. Nobody is claiming England are the most talented squad of individuals at the World Cup – but they sure work well as a team. Likewise, there is a lot more to attracting the best talent than increases in salary and nowadays it’s critical that employers and leaders understand the individual employee issues that impact retention. Having an awareness that generational groups have distinctive workplace wants and needs is an essential step in attracting the right people for your business. Morson’s Recruiting Rockstars feature discusses these generational demands and the impact they have in the workplace. Keep a cool head publicly Throughout the World Cup, Gareth Southgate has kept himself remarkably calm and reserved, both during press conferences and during the matches themselves. Of course, there are bursts of passion when England score or win, but for the most Southgate cuts a cool figure. Inside, he will likely be full of thoughts, worries and excitement, but it’s imperative he remains level headed for the benefit of his players. For the vast majority of this squad, this will be their first taste of a major international football tournament and setting a calm example even during high pressure moments is key to fostering an environment that will perform well when challenged. Be honest One thing that has garnered a lot of praise from the sporting press during Southgate’s time as England manager has been his honesty when speaking of (and to) his players. Before the tournament began, he spoke openly of this being an experimental set of players that might not be fully at their peak but asked for patience as he looks to develop the next generation. He also demands honesty from his players. Speaking before the 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals, he made it clear that he would not tolerate players pretending to be fully fit in order to retain their place in the starting 11 that would jeopardise the team’s chances. Being realistic and honest with employees with regards to their own personal goals and where you see them fitting in within the business is an efficient way to lead. It allows both parties to be on the same page immediately. Asking for honesty as well as demonstrating it yourself is a classic hallmark of leadership. Southgate’s players will respect this and as a result abide by his rule. Don’t steal all the praise when things go well With a national frenzy being whipped up in recent weeks, Southgate has found him elevated to a level of national adoration and respect not seen in an England manager since Sir Bobby Robson. Some people might let this go to their head (image how someone like Zlatan Ibrahimović would have reacted to this level of praise) but Southgate is quick to downplay this: “I always think it is dangerous for a start,” said Southgate. “Because I’ve got a lot of faults and I have done plenty of things wrong. It’s obviously a nice moment but it’s probably a good thing that we are away [from it].” He is both humbled by, and recognises the threat of, the fact that he has been elevated into a position of reverence. Likewise, should England confound expectation and actually bring it home, you know the first comments he makes will be in relation to ‘they’ or ‘we’ rather than ‘I’. Listen to his post-match comments from the win over Sweden: “I can’t speak highly enough of the whole squad and the whole group of staff, because it is so united and their level of work and commitment to each other has been great.” When things go well in your organisation, be sure to pass the praise onto those with whom you worked and mentored. Instantly making any victory about yourself will sour your reputation among colleagues and make them less likely to want to work with you, or for you, again. Is it coming home? We dare to dream!

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    Sale Sharks aim for top four finish in 2018/19 Season

    The annual Sale Sharks summer BBQ took place on July 6th and served as a time to reflect on last year’s rollercoaster season and the aims of the squad for the Gallagher Premiership Rugby campaign ahead of them. The team trained with an extra spring in their step with the excitement elevating due to the recent reveal of the fixtures for the upcoming season. Morson caught up with coach, Steve Diamond who shared his thoughts on the positives and negatives from last year that can help the club grow in the future. ‘The big areas that were good last year was our ability to score from anywhere. We played a really exciting brand, sometimes a bit flippant and that bit us a couple of times’ Long term success very much seems to be the plan for the club and investing from the ground up is key to achieving this according to Steve. ‘Now we’re creeping up on other teams as we’ve spent money on selective recruitment and things behind the scenes such as the academy, we can get some consistency in the squad’ The importance of consistency going forwards was reiterated by co-owner, Simon Orange who discussed his ambitions for the club for next season and beyond. ‘Within our five years to win it (Gallagher Premiership) would be great, Ged and I have got our plan. I think if we win it, that’s a bonus but to get into that top four and to stay there regularly is as much as we have targeted.’ Former Sharks winger Mark Cueto had an abundance of praise for the current side and has no doubt in the talent stemming throughout the club. ‘We’ve got a team that is probably one of the most exciting and attacking sides to watch in the Premiership. Rohan Van Rensberg, Faff De Clerk and Jono Ross, these boys are world class players and are the type of players the club hasn’t had for maybe a decade’ One of the players that is sparking anticipation in the side is latest signing, Chris Ashton. Steve Diamond believes the winger will become a key player for the Sharks. ‘I just think he brings a raft of experience with him. He’s a class player, always has been and bringing his professionalism into a young squad will help’ Simon Orange closed his discussion with a key point of why the fans are so important to any triumphs the club has going forward. ‘You need to come and support the Sharks because if we’re going to get in that top four and stay there, we need supporters to come down’ Watch the video below to see the full interview. To keep up-to-date with the latest sporting news from our #TeamMorson ambassadors, follow our twitter page @MorsonGroup and Instagram @weare_morson​

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    Morson Launch Forces Resettlement Guide with Veteran Andy Reid

    Andy Reid's Resettlement Plan | Morson are thrilled to launch our recruitment resettlement guide on the centenary of the RAF. Written in partnership with veteran and Morson Forces Ambassador Andy Reid, the guide aims to aid ex-forces members transition to civilian employment. Including features such as 'Preparing to Leave the Armed Forces - Andy's Ten Step Guide' plus CV and interview tips and more light hearted content such as the 'Armed Forces to Civvy Jargon Buster' the plan aims to be informative and relatable. Click here to get your copy of Andy Reid's Resettlement Plan Speaking about the project Andy reiterated how passionate he is about using his personal experiences to support veterans once they leave the armed forces - As a veteran of The 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment and Morson Forces Ambassador, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to transition from the armed forces into a normal, civilian life. Ex-forces personnel have a lot to offer in the civilian world, often in ways they won’t immediately realise. It is my aim to bridge the gap between these two worlds so veterans are ready to become skilled, sought-after candidates ready to transition into work. One of the main things I noticed when appearing at career transition events as a Morson forces ambassador is the language barrier between ex-forces personnel and the recruiters who are looking to help them. 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. 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. Click here to get your copy of Andy's Resettlement Plan. Get #MoreFromMorson and search our latest jobs or to find out more about how Morson can support ex-forces personnel, visit our Morson Forces page.

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    Morson Group feature in Sunday Times Top Track 100

    Morson Group have once again featured in this years' Sunday Times Top Track 100 in 77th place. The list features companies from across all industries, with Morson clients Sir Robert McAlpine and Mott McDonald among the engineering and construction companies making the list. This year saw Group revenue rise to £814million with sustained growth across the business. This has been achieved through a commitment to delivery from the Group's employees, the retention of key clients and several new business wins. Morson have retained our status as the UK's number one technical, rail and aerospace recruitment company. The Top Track report highlighted acquisitions as a key factor of the listing, citing invetment in a IT recruitment firm the Bridge and Canadian recruiter Strategic Infusion. Take a look at the list here. To find your next opportunity with Morson click here to search our latest jobs or find out more about our recruitment services.

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    How to become a … Welder

    With large amounts of investment in infrastructure and a variety of major projects currently underway, there are fantastic welding jobs where you can gain valuable welding experience in the UK construction industry. With heavy investment in infrastructure, companies are currently recruiting for welders to work on company based projects and for time served welders to join client-based projects. Read below to find out more about the skills and experience you’ll need and to discover whether a welder career is the right fit for you. RATES £16-35k dependent on experience​ HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS ABC, City & Guilds, BTEC, NVQ What do welding jobs involve? Welders can work in a range of different industries and on a variety of projects. You could be working on large-scale projects such as commercial buildings or bridge structures or on smaller, more intricate work such as individual components in a production line or repair work. Welding jobs revolve around cutting, shaping and joining separate pieces of metal, alloys and composite materials like plastics together. You’ll utilise several different welding and joining processes to get the job done, including arc, TIG and MIG welding. You’ll need to read and interpret engineering instructions and engineers drawings, then follow these to cut materials into the necessary shapes and then weld them together. You’ll need to utilise precision measuring equipment to inspect and test all cuts and joints, ensuring a high degree of accuracy. What is a welder’s salary? A welder’s salary can vary, depending on the location, scale and nature of the project you’re working on, as well as from one employer to the next. Starting out, you can expect to receive a salary of between £16,000 and £19,000 per year, with this rising to between £20,000 and £30,000 as you gain more experience and progress in your career as a skilled welder. The most experienced welders – those in senior or specialist positions at the peak of their career – can often earn up to £35,000 per year. Self-employed welders can set their own rates, meaning your annual salary may vary. These figures are intended as a guideline only and actual salary figures may vary. What skills do I need? As a welder, you’ll need an excellent eye for detail and the ability to understand and follow complex technical engineering plans. Due to the nature of the work, good levels of hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity are essential, as well as general physical fitness. In terms of previous experience, Maths and arithmetic skills are also important to enable you to work out measurements and angles, and ensure wasted materials are minimised. You’ll need knowledge of various welding techniques and health and safety procedures, and be confident working both on your own and as part of a wider team. What qualifications do I need? There are a number of welder qualifications, one of the most common routes into a welding career is through an apprenticeship. This gives you the opportunity to earn practical experience and learn the skills needed for your career, all while being paid. To gain entry to an apprenticeship scheme, you’ll usually need at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or higher, including Maths, English and Science. After completing an apprenticeship, you could then apply for a role as a trainee welder to gain further experience. Alternatively, you could choose to gain a specific welding qualification, such as the ABC Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice, City & Guilds Certificate in Welding and the BTEC National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering (Welding and Fabrication). Once you are working, there are a number of NVQs you can study to further your training, including: Fabrication and Welding Engineering – levels 2 and 3 Performing Engineering Operations – levels 1 and 2 Fabrication and Welding – level 3 You’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card if you’re going to be working on a building site. What are the hours and conditions? In a full-time role, you can expect to work between 35 and 50 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, shift work is also common and you may be expected to work overtime on evenings and weekends, as and when the project requires it. The conditions you work in can vary depending on the industry or project you’re working on, but you can expect it to be hot, noisy and dirty. You may have to work in cramped spaces, or outside in all weather conditions. Protective equipment, such as gloves, face-shields, helmets and boots are essential, with some roles also requiring safety harnesses. Career progression With enough experience and additional training, there are a number of different routes for progression in welding jobs, providing you with fantastic opportunity for development. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort you could advance to become a foreman, supervisor or workshop manager. You could also move into testing, inspection or quality control. Areas of specialism Talented welders are in high demand across multiple sectors, and because most welding skills are transferable, you have a lot of options when it comes to specialising in a specific area – from civil engineering and construction to shipbuilding and vehicle manufacturing. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    Hinkley Point C Reaches Key Milestone by Manufacturing The Largest Steam Turbine Ever Built

    It has been announced that GE Power has started manufacturing the first rotor for the Arabelle steam turbine for Hinkley Point C (HPC) project. The manufacturing of the steam turbine rotor is a key component of the project as it allows the transfer of the turbine rotating movement to the generator, enabling electrical output. The production work is being carried out at GE’s centre of excellence in Belfort, France. The US$1.9bn contract was award in May 2016 and it is believed that the first 1,770MW EPR reactor unit will be completed by 2025. Located in Bridgwater, Somerset, Hinkley Point C will be the UK's first nuclear power plant to be built in more than two decades. Matthias Schweinfest, Senior Executive Business Operations at GE Power’s Steam Power division, said: (Image sourced via GE)​ “We are very pleased with the progress of the Hinkley Point C project. We are on track with the project, which is expected to deliver around 7% of the UK’s power generation capacity for the next 60 years.” “GE’s ARABELLE steam turbine, which represents 6 decades of nuclear steam turbine expertise, is the prime solution to ensure the delivery of clean, reliable power that will bolster the UK’s energy infrastructure.” To find out more about the Hinkley Point C project or to take the Hinkley skills survey, click here. Alternatively, you can browse the current Hinkley job opportunities here.

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    3 Feats of Engineering That Make the World Cup Possible

    The World Cup captures people’s imaginations like no other sporting event on the planet. Each one of the 32 nations who take part in the finals is gripped by excitement and fandom regardless of their individual expectations for their nation’s progress. Sometimes, it really is the taking part that counts. But what of the engineering and technology behind the World Cup? We looked at three feats of engineering that have made World Cup 2018 possible. VAR 'Don’t mention the VAR!' For the first time ever Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is being used in all of the games during the World Cup to correct and clarify decisions made by referees. The ability to replay back incidents can allow match officials to see things that they would ordinarily not have been able to see in real time, such as the ball glancing ever so slightly off the inside ankle of a centre back to play a Korean onside. VAR works in a three-step process of incident, review, decision and can investigate the following errors: Goals Red cards Penalties Mistaken identity Fifa president Gianni Infantino said: “It will help to have a more transparent and fairer sport which is what we want because the referee has his work cut out for him already and sometimes he can make mistakes – like any human being – and if we can help him to correct some of these mistakes, let’s do so.” A TEMPORARY FIX Anyone who has ever been to Priesfield Stadium, home of League One club Gillingham, as a visiting supporter will have had the pleasure of being in the gloriously makeshift away stand. Made almost exclusively out of scaffolding, the stand was put together over an old terrace, presumably as a temporary fix while they prepared to construct a more permanent solution. It’s been there for a long, long time. What you wouldn’t expect, however, is to see a much, much larger version of this stand being constructed for Russia 2018. But that’s exactly what we’ve got at the home of Russian Premier League outfit Ural Yekaterinburg. The enormous construction was required to bring the stadium capacity up to 35,000 at short notice in order to meet FIFA’s minimum capacity guidelines. With a full scale, permanent expansion heavily delayed, it was decided instead to construct this 45 meters high monster behind the goal. Spectators have to hope that the Russian weather is kind to them, with the vast majority of the seating open to the elements. The stadium hosted four games in the tournament, including Sweden’s 3-0 win over Mexico. All of the games hosted came in the group stages. STATSPORTS Cutting-edge technology has now brought the ability to monitor player’s heart rate and performance whilst training. The black vests that you often see in pictures of footballers training is a new system called Viper Pod which is a matchbox-sized GPS device, placed between the shoulder blades of the player. Originally used in the Premier League, the handy device ensures the players are in peak physical condition before the game and allows coaches to make informed decisions about the best way to get the most out of the team. Measuring a 360 view of the player’s performance, it can record things like running distance, speed, step balance, stress loads and of course, fitness and wellbeing. To find your next opportunity search our latest engineering jobs. To keep up-to-date with the latest from our #TeamMorson ambassadors and sporting news, follow our Twitter page @MorsonGroup and Instagram @weare_morson

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