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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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SEARCH THE LATEST ENGINEERING JOBS

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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    Captain Marvel | Man United’s Own Avenger Bryan Robson Reminisces On Premier League Titles, Sir Alex Ferguson & More

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Morson spoke with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson The former United and England captain spoke about his glittering career, Sir Alex and his life after retiring (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Continuing with our ‘Overcoming Challenges in Business and Sport’ series, Bryan Robson shared his experiences from his legendary footballing career and his life after retiring. The former Manchester United & England captain pinpointed adversity as the biggest test of character and potential in a working environment: “I think it’s the same in business as well as sport that you’re always going to have setbacks in your careers. For me it’s about how you bounce back from the setbacks. It’s easy when you’re confident and everything’s going well for you. You’ve got to keep that going and keep working hard to make sure you’re successful” Robson looked back at the difficult times he faced at the beginning of his career as an integral part of his development: “I broke my leg three times when I was 19-21 and you have something in the back of your head saying ‘Are you going to come back?’ Fortunately I did, but I think it makes you even more determined to make something of your career” A storied career saw Robson flourish at club and international level, winning numerous FA Cups but the crowning achievement was lifting what had eluded him for nearly the entirety of his playing days – The Premier League: “It was a long wait for the title but after 26 years it was well worth the wait. What you want to do is have a successful career but you want to win things. That’s the reason why I went to Manchester United because I thought I had more of a chance of winning things” The Manchester United ambassador saw out his career with Middlesbrough and seamlessly transitioned into the role of manager at the club. This turned out to be the avenue he followed with various clubs for the next 14 years and the former midfielder sees Sir Alex Ferguson as a big reason for his own managerial success: “Sir Alex Ferguson was a real help for me because during my last few years at Old Trafford he allowed me to go into the coaches’ room and watch how they prepare training and what they were talking about in terms of scouting players around the world. That set me in good stead going to Middlesbrough as a manager” Robson continued to heap praise on his former manager and mentor on the cross-over skills Ferguson taught his United sides that stayed with the players long after they left the game: “Great man management skills, discipline had to be a big part of your game. But then one of the things Alex was great at as well was delegation. I think for top business people that I know, delegation is a big role because you’ve got to have trust in your staff that they will do the job that you would do and you have to have that trust to let them get on” Another United legend who has followed in the footsteps of Robson in successfully transitioning into management is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has impressed both fans and peers alike: “Ole had experience of being a manager down at Cardiff and Molde. He came into United, got players playing in their favourite positions and gave them confidence, which isn’t easy. Ole’s done a great job whilst he’s been involved and hopefully he can do that until the end of the season” sdas

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    Top 5 Workplace Trends of 2019

    WORKPLACE TRENDS | 5 MIN READ From cultural change to automation, companies are innovating, adapting and improving both with their internal and external offering We take a look at the top workplace trends of 2019 (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); 2019 marks an exciting and innovative period of transition for companies nationwide, from cultural change to automation, companies are innovating, adapting and improving both with their internal and external offering. So, as we draw closer to the end of Q1, we take a look at the top 5 workplace trends of 2019… The Importance of Employee Wellbeing Companies are finding new ways to promote employee health and wellbeing and to make staff aware of services and products they may not have accessed previously. At Morson, our mental health first aiders programme is an exciting initiative that establishes individuals as touch points throughout the Morson Group, enabling them to connect with those struggling with mental illness – both within our internal workforce and wider contractor base – and to be that first step in accessing the support they need. The programme works together with our existing counselling services, stress management and support, ensuring a personalised approached since there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to mental health. “A few years back, our health and wellbeing programme, ‘Morfit’, was launched, which seeks to encourage our workforce and their families to lead healthier lifestyles by changing behaviours. The programme sought to touch on all areas of wellbeing – physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial – and has consisted of a variety of activities including the implementation of twice-weekly workout and yoga classes at head office.” - Heather Deering - Health, Wellbeing and Engagement Partner Flexible Working One of the biggest business culture trends at the moment is flexible working and companies have seen an increase in employee retention by introducing it as a modern corporate culture change. “Roughly 70% of Millennials see themselves as working independently at some point, rather than being employed within a traditional organisational structure” It can aid greater cost-effectiveness and efficiency such as saving on overheads when staff are working from home and incorporate longer operating hours. It can also reduce the number of absences to attend doctor’s appointments and even reduce the number of sick days your staff take due to longer rest periods and a healthier work/life balance. All of the above ensures a more productive workforce which in turn creates an increased level of customer satisfaction and that all-important edge on competitors. A Continued Focus on Diversity and Inclusion More than ever companies are recognising the need for underrepresented groups in their workforces. Equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) remain hot topics, especially when analysing representation, or the often thereby lack of, at the top, and we’re working hard to ensure that ED&I becomes part of the norm by changing the conversation. A lack of diversity has created an imbalance in many of the sectors that Morson operates in, such as engineering, aerospace, IT, rail, nuclear and construction, and we’ve witnessed first-hand how females, LGBTQ+ and ethnic minorities have been underrepresented, particularly at senior level. We are ferociously challenging stereotypes to build diverse workforces that drive innovative ideas, change the status quo and raise the bar for success. In March we announced our official Morson diversity ambassador, CEO and founder of Northern Power Women, Simone Roche who will become our first diversity champion and joins a growing list of existing Morson ambassadors across business, sport and the armed forces. Adrian Adair, Chief Operations Officer at Morson, said: “There’s no denying that diversity achieves better commercial results by driving innovative ideas, changing the status quo and raising the bar for success. As a business must also create working environments that champion equality and inclusivity from the inside out. That’s why we’re delighted to add Simone as an ambassador.” Embrace AI We saw the recruitment industry embrace artificial intelligence in a big way in 2018, from becoming more aware of how analytics can assist with hiring to actually using AI capabilities. The new technology aims to automate parts of the recruiting workflow, especially repetitive, high-volume tasks such as reviewing CV’s. Ultimately, AI can make the recruitment process faster and more efficient. AI recruiting video interview platforms, for example, use biometric and psychometric analysis to evaluate not only the quality of candidate answers but also voice quality, pace of speech, voice energy, use of fillers, facial micro-expressions and body language. Morson has partnered with RecruitmentSMART to implement its game-changing recruitment sourcing and screening technology. SniperAI provides a game-changing technology that incorporates machine learning and auto screening to match job specifications to potential candidate CV’s at rapid speed. Read more about the latest technology here. Pace of Work Will Continue to Increase With the introduction of tools like collaborative work management platforms, automation, templates, and other resources, it’s never been easier to work at a breakneck pace. Improving technology means that things are able to get done efficiently, without such a heavy burden placed on employees. Work is accelerating, businesses are moving faster than ever before, and contributors are expected to do more in less time. If our prediction comes true, employers will soon be finding ways to embrace the technology that will enable staff to work harder whilst incorporating all the key trends listed above! Interested in progressing your career? Search our latest jobs here.

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    Charlotte, Head of Technology at Vencuro Talks Maximising the Recruitment Process in Recruitment International Magazine

    MORSON NEWS | 2 MIN READ Our Head of Technology at Vencuro, Charlotte Lewis, features in the latest issue of Recruitment International magazine discussing our innovative recruitment technology. The recent edition focused on maximising the recruitment process and asked contributors to share their thoughts on how to go about reducing the time to hire. (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Our Head of Technology at Vencuro, Charlotte Lewis, features in the latest issue of Recruitment International magazine discussing our innovative recruitment technology. The recent edition focused on maximising the recruitment process and asked contributors to share their thoughts on how to go about reducing the time to hire from each sector specialisation. In the interview, Charlotte discussed Morson’s investment into Vencuro, our new bespoke recruitment and talent software that has been built by recruiters, for recruiters. She said: “Technology is a game changer for any business, not just recruiters, with it streamlining, simplifying and speeding up operations. Competitive advantage depends largely on a hiring managers ability to successfully capture, manage and analyse large volumes of data, which is the bedrock of our Vencuro technology. Its mission is to automate and seamlessly manage end-to-end tasks, whilst providing access to real-time data at the touch of a button. Vencuro is the unsung hero of 6,000+ users that rely on the platform, and most importantly, was built by recruiters for recruiters.” The bespoke platform provides hiring managers with access to vital information such as contract performance, spend, headcount, time to hire and KPI attainment in real time, whilst managing the end-to-end recruitment process and candidate journeys for the user. Read more about how Vencuro Talent Technology has been shortlisted for Technological Innovation of the Year in the Recruiter Awards.The system is already in use with companies such as BAE Systems, JLL and Thomas Cook and has undergone an 18-month period of redevelopment and significant investment with input from Morson’s key recruitment clients. She added: “We are constantly asked by our clients to provide absolute visibility overspend, with so many businesses lacking the time and resource to unpick their supply chains and identify how many contractors they employ, where they are based, under what agreements they are working and how much they cost, whilst also centralising vendor management. Both clients and recruiters must embrace innovation to keep up, which is why we’ve spent £1.5 million developing our own technology over recent years to mirror our clients’ wants and needs, with our bespoke artificial intelligence software now reducing the time spent analysing CVs by 60 per cent.” To find out more about the software or to book a demo, visit the Vencuro website.

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    Morson USA Support Women in Aviation at Long Beach, California

    MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson was delighted to attend the 30th annual Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California Last month, we were proud to announce our official Morson diversity ambassador, CEO and founder of Northern Power Women, Simone Roche MBE (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Morson was delighted to attend the 30th annual Women in Aviation Conference in California on Friday 15th March. The full conference ran from the 14th – 17th March and was held in Long Beach. It featured keynote speakers, educational sessions, exhibit hall, scholarship awards, and good times with individuals from all areas of aviation. We spoke to Stephanie Vu, one of our Recruitment Consultants who is based in Morson’s California office, specialising in engineering and manufacturing recruitment within the aviation and aerospace industry… What was the schedule of the day? “We arrived at 9am and was welcomed into the opening ceremony which introduced the Women in Aviation board members." “In the morning we were involved in some really insightful seminars and workshops which focused on mentoring and professional development” “After lunch, at 1pm, the exhibit hall opened. There were numerous exhibitors participating in the conference ranging from engineering companies, airlines, military branches, flight schools, etc. This is where we got the opportunity to network and knowledge share.” Stephanie talks about the key themes of the day… “The conference was utilised as a fantastic resource for women in the aviation field to pursue their career choice in a safe and supportive environment. It was an opportunity for women in the industry to explore different career options in an industry that they are interested in while meeting with key female leaders to help guide and mentor them.” TOP BLOG | Read our exclusive interview with Estel Dandridge, senior systems project engineer on the Thales Aria Technology project. And the most interesting part? “The conference was so valuable to me as it exposed me to how many women there are in the aviation field. It was refreshing to see how women supported each other in a predominantly male-oriented industry. Every person that I came across and had the pleasure of meeting had such enthusiasm and passion for what they do. It was also a great opportunity for me to introduce myself to HR personnel and hiring managers that were at the booths for the engineering companies.” TOP BLOG | Ivy Man is part of a team of highly skilled software engineers dedicated to revolutionising the flying experience of Emirates’ customers as part of a four-year development programme with the aviation giant. Read more here. Diversity and Inclusion at Morson Last month, we were proud to announce our official Morson diversity ambassador, CEO and founder of Northern Power Women, Simone Roche MBE. Simone is our first diversity champion and joins a growing list of existing Morson ambassadors across the business, sport and the armed forces. In her role as Morson diversity ambassador, Simone will actively promote our commitment to diversity to engage the network of current and future leaders. Read about Simone and her partnership with Morson here. Morson International is the UK's No.1 Aerospace Recruiter, with hundreds of jobs in aviation click here to find your next opportunity.

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    Morson Shortlisted For Two Inspire Awards 2019

    MORSON NEWS | 2 MIN READ Morson shortlisted in two categories for the 2019 Inspire Awards We won the category of Most Inspiring Employer in 2018 (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); We are delighted to announced that we have been shortlisted in the Inspire Awards 2019 in two categories: Most Inspiring Employer and Most Inspiring Mental Wellbeing Initiative. Focusing on the UK construction, engineering and housing sectors, the Inspire Awards are presented annually to companies to help inspire a more diverse and inclusive culture in the industry by celebrating those who are leading the way. The awards look at the people within a business, the practices of the business and the projects that they undertake. After winning the Most Inspiring Employer category in 2018, Morson once again makes this shortlisting in 2019. The awarding body sought to know the ways in which our business helps to address ED&I concerns in both our internal recruitment and for that of our clients. Our submissions highlighted how our family-oriented business, led by a passionate senior team, has actively worked to target under-represented groups like return-to-work mums in the recruitment process. We have also undergone a programme of training to remove unconscious bias from the process and integrate CV anonymisation. On our official website, we have recently added Recite Me’s web accessibility software to our website to make it easier to access for people with learning difficulties, visual impairment and dyslexia. It allows 27% more of the population to access our site. The second category of submission was for our commitment to mental health. Over the last couple of years, we have developed our mental health approach by establishing mental health first aiders across the business to offer help to any member of staff who is struggling with a mental health issue. In conjunction with our sporting associates Sale Sharks Rugby Club we hosted a Balls to That, a mental health awareness event featuring army veteran and deaf rugby star Craig Monaghan for our employees. We’ve also recently appointed a dedicated Health, Wellbeing & Engagement Partner to tailor our programmes to better suit internal needs and shape the initiatives of the future. We believe these shortlisting’s are an excellent representation of our commitment to positive change. The awards will be presented at an event at The Hilton in Deansgate Manchester on 5th June 2019. Read more about our diversity and inclusion journey here.

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    What Game of Thrones Teaches Us About Poor Leadership

    MORSON BLOG | 3 MIN READ As the final season of Game of Thrones starts to air, we look back at the leadership traits of the many monarchs of Westeros Don't emulate these kings and queens if you want to be successful as a leader in business Winter is here. The final season of Game of Thrones is about to land on our shores, and there are a lot of theories flying around about who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne. Throughout the show, a handful of leaders have taken the throne and many more have proclaimed their right to do so. In this blog, we look at three controversial leaders who have sat on the Iron Throne, how their unique styles of leadership led to their ultimate downfall… and the lessons you shouldn’t take from Westeros to the business world. Plot spoilers for seasons 1 to 7 ahead! King Robert Baratheon Robert is the sitting king as the series starts after taking the Iron Throne by force during his rebellion many years earlier. By the time of the events of the series, Robert looks and acts in a way that is far from kingly and doesn’t cut the figure of a strong leader. Perhaps unknowingly, he has realised that successfully gaining a position of authority is very different to ruling successfully. He’s disinterested, won’t take advice from those around him (even his best recruit, Ned Stark) and is prone to angry outbursts. He seems to long for the days when he didn’t have the responsibility he fought so hard to win and spends all his time eating and drinking heavily while those below him do his job for him. As a leader, it’s important that you lead from the front. Leaders in the business world should work with their employees for the benefit of all and ensure that time engaging in recreational activities is not detrimental to productivity. Networking, awards dinners and away days are great in moderation, but shunning responsibility and leaving others to do your work will foster resentment and lose employee advocacy. King Joffrey 'Baratheon' Where do we start with this guy? Possibly television’s most easily-hateable character, the ill-conceived boy-king Joffrey provides a masterclass in poor, often downright cruel, leadership and manages to be an order of magnitude worse than his predecessor Robert. For a start, he doesn’t practise what he preaches. At a time when the capital city was under attack, he chose to hide behind the walls far away from the fighting despite his grand claims about bravery and defeating his enemies. His men recognise this and completely lose heart. In the world of business, aloof, unreliable and distant leaders are unlikely to command respect. Without reliable and conscientious leadership, employees may lack motivation to work towards the organisation’s common goals. It’s important to set the example you want to see in your workforce to inspire loyalty and achieve productivity. Secondly, Joffrey is unbelievably cruel and rude. We’re not suggesting that any leader in any business in the real world would ever be as rude as Joffrey, but it’s important to be polite and respectful to those around you, at any level. Queen Cersei Lannister At the time of writing, Queen Cersei sits on the Iron Throne. Her journey there has been riddled with murder, deception, manipulation and lies… and you get the distinct impression that there’s a lot more to come. Cersei is overwhelmingly self-interested and cares nothing for her family (um, well she’s quite close with one…) or the people of the world in comparison with her own selfish desire to rule. This is the biggest lesson we can take from Cersei. Surrounded now by people who despise her and a frighteningly short list of allies, her rule shows us that rampant self-interest might get you what you want, but at what cost? This is echoed in the real world. Taking all the credit and praise when the organisation does well shows your employees that you’re only in it for yourself. This will make them unlikely to want to work with you again in the future. If your employees think that you will do anything to achieve personal gain, they’ll feel disposable and will likely abandon ship. Looking to change your role? Take a look at our live jobs >

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    Morson Group Signs New Deal With ABD SAFEGATE Airport Systems

    MORSON NEWS | 5 MIN READ ADB SAFEGATE and Morson Group have signed a new deal which includes sourcing an initial 15 newly-created vacancies that range from entry-level software developers through to director roles. Morson Group is responsible for attracting the best talent that fit the airport IT business’ unique culture. Morson's IT and Digital division has recorded substantial growth over the last few years, both organically and through acquisitions such as The Bridge IT (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); In exclusive resourcing partnership between ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems and the Morson Group has reached greater heights after the newly-acquired tech firm signed a new deal with its Manchester recruitment partner. Wythenshawe-based ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems was successfully acquired by ADB SAFEGATE in February 2019 and has since tasked the Morson Group with its complete recruitment remit. This includes sourcing an initial 15 newly-created vacancies that range from entry-level software developers through to director roles. Morson Group is responsible for attracting the best talent that fit the airport IT business’ unique culture, mirror its core values and match its ambitions of delivering digital technologies at the forefront of global aviation innovation and airport performance. ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems develops software that is used by more than two billion people throughout some of the world’s largest airports. These intelligent solutions help to boost efficiency, improve safety standards, raise environmental sustainability and reduce operational costs for both airports and the airlines that use them. Laura Bowley, Head of HR for ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems, explains: “We’ve worked with Morson since 2017 and have always been impressed with their tenacity and drive to deliver the candidates we need, no matter how specialist the role or rare the required skillset, so selecting them as our dedicated recruitment partner was an easy decision." “Their specialist recruiters have invested the time to truly understand our brand and have been a key driver in helping us to cut through the noise and bring our employer value proposition to life. This deep understanding of what makes those in our industry tick has enabled us to champion our story and build credibility in our marketplace, in order to attract the talent we need." “We’ve big ambitions and the right entrepreneurial mind-set, which combined with the backing from our global group and a culture that’s rooted in empowerment, collaboration, innovation, learning and development, will enable us to recruit the right people who can help us to soar in delivering exceptional digital transformation in global airport travel.” In addition to establishing ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems’ employer brand, the Morson Group has developed a full digital campaign that includes a dedicated careers microsite to enhance the candidate experience and journey, whilst also delivering on-site training to hiring managers as part of its wider added value offer.Sam Menelaou, Executive Manager at Morson Group, added: “From day one we focused on getting under the skin of this culture of success to really understand the company’s values and its attributes in becoming a top employer. ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems is exceptionally well-placed to attract high calibre talent in a highly competitive market, with their acquisition offering staff the security and comfort of being part of a larger global group, whilst providing the same talent management strategies and healthy work-life balance that we see in small digital disrupters. They even implement the same ‘Free Thinking Fridays’ as Google, which gives staff the freedom to develop and work on whatever projects they like once a week." “Our Group IT and Digital division has recorded substantial growth over the last few years, both organically and through acquisitions such as The Bridge IT, as we continue to capitalise on new, emerging marketplaces and strengthen our position as the go-to recruitment partner of choice. Our proven abilities in IT and aviation meant that we could hit the ground running with this brief and we look forward to working together as a truly collaborative recruitment partner.” Join a forward-thinking, ambitious and global business with ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems. Search jobs here.

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    Vegas Nights And World Title Fights | Ricky Hatton Reflects On Glittering Career At Morson Sport Panel

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Former world champion Ricky Hatton speaks to Morson about his hugely successful career Our sporting panel event in March 2019 also featured stars Bryan Robson, Harry Derham and Mark Cueto (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Hailed as one of the greatest boxers this country has seen by his peers and fans, four-time world champion Ricky Hatton joined a star-studded panel at Morson’s ‘Overcoming Challenges in Sport and Business’ event at Hotel Football last month to reflect on his decorated career inside and outside the ring. The Hyde-raised Hatton discussed the stark contrast between his early life in Greater Manchester and his career as a boxing superstar living the American dream: “It’s once in a lifetime when you come from the council estate which I come from. In my second fight I got to box at Madison Square Garden, six months earlier I was boxing in men’s clubs in Ancoats, you couldn’t comprehend where my career was going to end up!” Ricky looked back on his time at the top of his game fondly and still gets reminded about the unprecedented atmosphere he brought with him to Vegas when facing all-time great, Floyd Mayweather. "When I think of some of the things I’ve done, the places I’ve been, the life my family has, I want to pass that onto someone else now. I want my kids to have the best. I feel so proud, it seems like everybody came up to me and said they went to Vegas for the Mayweather fight and had one of the best weekends of their life” Morson CEO Ged Mason sponsored Ricky from the early days as a professional and was an integral part of Ricky’s journey that saw him stage some of the greatest sporting nights on home and foreign soil: “Obviously the association with Ricky, seeing his career develop and having the Morson brand on his hat and shorts. It was great to have that relationship and Ricky’s career taking us to Vegas, the fans really enjoyed it and made some memorable nights” Through their successful partnership, Ged and Ricky developed a friendship that is still as strong today and the Hatton’s Gym owner shed light on how much their relationship over the years has meant to him: “We were all like a family and Ged was like the family and he was part of the team in more ways than one that’s why we’re still pals now. He was a big help for me and it’s nice for him to be here and share this with me” Ricky also discussed how his experience in the boxing world has allowed him to develop the skills to manage various different businesses since leaving the sport: “I was with the best, promotion wise with Frank Warren then I went with Golden Boy promotions so I’ve learnt from the best and took all the knowledge in when putting my own shows on. It’s a very tricky game promoting, I had to book the venue, medical staff and so on. What I learned promoting helped me in other areas from a business point of view with my clothing range and my health and fitness gym, it’s kept me clever between the ears” For the latest news from #TeamMorson sporting stars, visit our hub here and stay up to date with us by following us on Twitter!

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    Ole's At The Wheel | Leadership Traits Of Man United's New Man In Charge - The Recruitment COO

    THE RECRUITMENT COO | EXPLORING THE FRONTIERS OF RECRUITMENT, LEADERSHIP & STRATEGY with Adrian Adair Adrian Adair is our Chief Operating Officer and has spearheaded significant market expansion, positioning Morson Group as the go-to strategic recruitment partner of choice across all sectors, both in the UK and overseas. Adrian’s leadership style places inclusivity at the heart of how the business acts and thinks. By identifying a future leadership team which is diverse and future facing, Adrian has curated a pipeline of talent which will strengthen the Morson Group's reputation as one of the most forward-thinking and ambitious recruiters. In The Recruitment COO, Adrian writes about leadership, talent and inclusivity as well as mistakes and motivation. From recruiter to the c-suite, Adrian is not a ‘thought leader’ – he’s an action taker, a change maker and an innovator. I was away with our senior leadership team on a development programme talking about planning for the future and the development of young talent when some highly appropriate news came through. Ole’s at the wheel. Despite Morson’s extensive recruitment connections with Manchester United, including our onsite RPO team that overlooks the Old Trafford pitch, we sadly can’t take the credit for this particular perm placement! That said, it seemed like a bit of a recruitment no brainer. Solskjaer passed his apprenticeship with flying colours, winning all but two of his 14 league games in charge, picking up more points than any other top-flight side in the process. But the really revealing success story was the incredible comeback victory over PSG, when an injury-ridden team overcame a 2-0 first leg defeat to beat the French side 3-1 at their own stadium to progress to the Champions League Quarter Finals. The very embodiment of everything that Manchester United – particularly under Sir Alex Ferguson – stood for, the result was – literally - unprecedented. It was becoming clear something had changed behind the scenes at Old Trafford. With no major additions to the same squad that was rolling limply through the 2018/19 campaign under Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer has galvanised the team, bought the best out of under-performing players and given United fans a togetherness not seen since Sir Alex bowed out in 2013. Visiting our site office at Old Trafford, along with our senior management development programme last week, gave me food for thought regarding leadership styles in business. I think Ole has demonstrated excellent leadership traits and shows examples of the kind of philosophy I like to try to adopt myself. Here are four key things I’ve noted: Understanding the Culture Solskjaer completed the ultimate comeback with his Treble-winning last-minute goal in the 1999 Champions League final. This match – and indeed the whole 98/99 season – perhaps best encapsulated the culture of the Ferguson era. Buccaneering. Brave. Attacking. Never giving up. To their detriment, this is something that Sir Alex’s successors have largely failed to grasp or emulate. Perseverance is inseparable from the United culture. Ole gets this because Ole was this. If you understand the culture of a business, you understand what drives its people and what will get the best out of them. It allows you to make decisions – and hires – that best suit this environment. Believing in Youth Two great Scotsmen best epitomised this undeniably Manchester United trait - Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson. While the Busby Babes side were tragically cut down before their prime, Matt’s rebuild and eventual success from the ashes of Munich perhaps best encapsulated the ‘never give up’ mentality that would be re-forged and re-defined much later by Sir Alex. At Morson, we have a lot of young teams coming through who will be helping to take the business into its next 50 years. Having belief in these teams and nurturing their talents to get the best out of them is vital for a sustainable business with an eye on the future. If you understand how to get the best out of people and provide the resources and culture they need they’ll always surprise you with innovation. This is vital as our business adapts to changing markets and enters entirely new ones. You really get the sense Ole understands this. His bold selection of the excellent 22 year old Scott McTominay in the heart of midfield during their crucial game against Liverpool at Old Trafford is a great example of this. Foster Relationships At the tail end of the Mourinho era, several key players in the squad started to look depressed and disinterested. News of unrest within the dressing room circulated incessantly in the media with training ground photos of reported bust-ups doing little to quell the flames. It was clear Mourinho was losing control and was beginning to sound increasingly aloof, regularly calling out players in the press. Much like during his time with Real Madrid, Jose was falling out with big names, something that was to ultimately cost him. Solskjaer on the other hand has fostered excellent relationships with his squad. Paul Pogba, potentially a troublesome character, is firing on close to all cylinders again. Sir Alex was hailed as an excellent man-manager and you can see Ole is harnessing some of this. The same thing is key within business. As a leader it’s important to spend time building strong relationships at all levels, to be available and open. Learning how to deal with individuals and how to get the best out of people is just as important as having a grand idea of where you want to take the business. Enjoy Yourself “I’m going to enjoy this job, no matter how long I’ve got it.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, post-PSG press conference Love your job and you’ll be better at it. It’s as simple as that. As soon as Solskjaer stepped into the interim position in December 2018, you could see that he was enjoying it. While his predecessor(s) struggled to break a smile even at the best of times, the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ hides nothing and his enthusiastic demeanour seems a welcome and stark contrast to the more pragmatic, moody and arrogant style of those before him. This almost child-like giddiness will rub off on others. Even if Ole ultimately comes up short in the job, you know it won’t be for lack of enthusiasm, care or effort. He loves the club and the club loves him. A match made in recruitment heaven, surely? If you don’t love what you do, Morson can help, search the latest jobs with us >

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    "We're Working Hard For The Biggest Upset In British Boxing" | Crolla & Gallagher On Lomachenko Fight

    MORSON SPORT | 2 MIN READ Morson fighter Anthony Crolla fights Vasyl Lomachenko on 12 April in L.A WBA and WBO lighteight world champion considered best in the world Crolla and trainer Joe Gallagher looking for huge upset (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); TeamMorson boxer Anthony Crolla has travelled out to Los Angeles, California to fight WBA, WBO lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko at the Staples Centre on 12 April. Before he left for the States, we caught up with him and trainer Joe Gallagher at Gallagher's Gym in Bolton to get the lowdown on what is a huge fight. Joe Gallagher speaks of the sparring sessions that have been arranged to ready Crolla for the fight: "What we've done is we've gone out and got the best southpaws in this country, and they've been given the instructions to throw Lomachenko's shots, we've got to deal with that. It's up to us then to counter them and take their opinion - could they be caught or would that shot work, just really breaking it down. The thing with Lomachenko, we're here sparring and working towards fighting a southpaw but he's so good he could come out and fight orthodox all night and we've got that in the back of our heads." Crolla himself has seen a massive amount of support from those around him. "I see [support] all around me, every morning with my family and in the gym working hard alongside the lads and Tasha. Joe's pulling me through it, the whole team is pulling me through it. I see the effort that they're putting in and that's my inspiration to make sure I give it back. There are a lot of people making the trip over there. It's not cheap to fly to Los Angeles and and staying over there and making the trip just for the fight. There's so many different ways I've been inspired. Being involved in one of the biggest British boxing upsets in history - and it would be, I'm not speaking out of turn, so to do that is a massive inspiration. Joe appreciate the magnitude of the challenge Crolla faces fighting a boxer considered to be pound-for-pound the best in the world. "Anthony Crolla is on mission impossible. He's not supposed to win, and if he does it would be the biggest upset in British boxing and right up there in world boxing with Douglas v Tyson and all those. That's not being disrespectful to anyone else in the gym but even they'll turn round and say this is it. Just to be sitting here and saying this puts tingles down your back because we are working hard to attach our names to the biggest upset in world boxing. That's what's driving me and driving Anthony on and as good as Lomachenko is, he can be beaten and knocked down and we'll see on the night." All at Morson wish Anthony Crolla the best of luck in LA this weekend! Follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news from #TeamMorson

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    Is Mobile Learning Really the Future?

    RECRUITMENT TRENDS | 5 MIN READ Discover the challenges of implementing mobile learning. Find out why enabling mobile learning isn't as difficult as you might think. Mobile learning continues to be a hot topic, not just in recruitment but in organisations of every shape and size. 64% of learners say it’s essential that they can access training content on a mobile device. The average person touches their mobile device more than 2,600 times every day. But does mobility matter all that much? Are we looking at a vital addition to the way you train your people, or a big investment that sits unused despite your best attempts on on-boarding and engagement? Making mobile learning matter to your people Every business leader has dealt with a must-have technology that people on the ground just don’t care about. When it comes to recruitment specifically, you’re dealing with busy professionals who are already struggling to sit at their desks and invest time in developing their skills. It’s not enough to make mobile learning available and hope your people will do the rest. Simply put, they won’t. The answer is much the same as it would be with training in any form. It’s all about giving people great reasons to come back, which means: A focus on quality content that’s engaging, interesting and memorable Rewards and incentives for completing training (through gamification) Structured pathways through content, so people can take a guided journey to building new skills In short: making mobile learning matter is the same big challenge as making learning matter at all. But mobile has some advantages that could make your life easier. Mobility already fits with the way people learn For years, eLearning has been under-adopted because we’ve asked people to squeeze into the limitations of technology. There’s nothing more unnatural than setting time aside and putting everything on hold in order to work on skills that might prove irrelevant. It’s no wonder it’s so hard to get people on board. But mobility has the big advantage of already being a great fit for how human beings learn new information. People learn in small, bite-sized chunks – the kind of content that works incredibly well on mobile. They learn as part of life, not by putting life on hold – and mobile learning is available from anywhere, any time. And, perhaps most importantly, they learn by doing. Only mobile learning makes it possible to find relevant on the train, pick up useful tips before you get through the ticket barrier, and put training into practice the moment you arrive at your meeting. Four essentials for successful mobile learning In essence, there are just four essential traits of an effective mobile learning platform: Showcase your content. Nobody likes to scroll through an endless menu. Instead, use automation and user-specific alerts to bring the most relevant, valuable content to their attention. Remember offline. The promise of mobile learning is that it’s available everywhere – downloadable content and offline access is the only way to make that a reality when mobile connectivity is inconsistent. Embrace interactivity. From quizzes to games and social learning, aim for the level of interactivity people would expect when reaching for a smartphone or tablet. Do mobile like you mean it. Making your desktop platform available on smartphones just isn’t enough. If the experience isn’t tailored to the special advantages of mobile learning, you’re missing a huge opportunity. The challenge of adoption is the same as it’s ever been. The power of mobile learning is its ability to connect to the way people really learn. And a successful implementation is easier than you might think. This article was written in partnership with Recruitment Juice. About Recruitment Juice Founded in 2007, Recruitment Juice offers the world’s leading online training platform made exclusively for recruiters. The platform includes award-winning video courses, gamification to drive engagement, and automated pathways to guarantee relevant, actionable content. All backed by Juice’s team of learning experts to tailor content and customise platform. It’s a comprehensive training solution that motives teams, improves performance, and helps embed a culture of learning and development. Find out more: www.recruitmentjuice.com

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    Why Accessibility is So Important in Recruitment, We Sat Down with Ross, MD at ReciteMe, to Discuss

    ACCESSIBILITY | 4 MIN READ ReciteMe’s MD, gives us the lowdown on why the Morson accessibility journey is so important for job seekers Find out how over 3000 people have used our accessibility software to find their next role Watch the video (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); At the start of the year, we began our accessibility journey by adding the Recite Me accessibility software to our website to ensure our online recruitment process is accessible to everyone. To find out more about why accessibility in recruitment is so important and learn more about the story behind Recite Me, we spoke to Ross, Managing Director of the innovative company… “Recite Me is an online accessibility tool that makes websites instantly accessible for users with dyslexia, visual impairments, English as their second language and a whole host of other conditions.” Since we implemented Recite Me onto our website in February, we have had nearly 3,000 people use the software to browse our website and find a job, opening up our services to a much wider talent pool who may not have been able to use our website before.So far, the most used Recite Me feature on Morson.com is the text to speech feature. This enables people with visual impairments or language barriers access the content on our website as the computer reads out the text for them. Ross added: “I think the most used feature is text to speech. Say, if you go on the Gatwick Express website and hover over some text it will speak it to you and I think that is applicable for so many different conditions, people who are visually impaired, people who are dyslexic. We’ve got a whole host of other features for different areas such as magnification, high contrasting colours, dictionary definitions of words, it allows people to save as an MP3 and then playback.” The second most used Recite Me feature on Morson.com is the language translation. We are proud to say that, thanks to Recite Me, our website can now be translated into over 100 different languages. This breaks down the barriers for people who may not have English as their first language, which in Canada alone, equates to over 20% of our recruits. Find out more about what we’re doing to make it easier for none English speakers to find a job with Morson in our latest blog where we chat to the Vice President of Morson Canada, Warren Bennett. Why is accessibility so important? Ross lives with dyslexia, so accessibility is something that is very close to his heart. He talks about why it’s so important to get it right in the recruitment industry… “Accessibility, particularly in the recruitment industry is so important because that’s the area that people like myself, have issues with. It really does take the recruitment industry to get behind people with disabilities to allow us to access jobs and to switch to become more skills based. Like myself being dyslexic, I’ve got a very good working memory, I’ll remember everything like yesterday which is such a powerful thing within a company.” “Companies need to take responsibility for their online content and if it’s accessible themselves, not relying on me as a person to buy the software (because it’s not cheap!). So that’s why we created Recite Me.” Watch the video below Morson Equals Opportunities The way we engage with our clients, contractors and candidates is so important to us at Morson. This year we have launched the ‘Morson Equals Opportunities’ campaign which aims to revolutionise the way we engage with our stakeholders online and making our website fully accessible is a big part of that. We understand that the best talent out there comes from all walks of life from different backgrounds with different abilities and needs. So, we want to open up our talent pools as much as we can… because everyone should have the opportunity to find their dream job. Ross finishes with some food for thought: “The disability discrimination act states that you have to make an adjustment for people who have got a disability. There’s a second reason as well, there’s a business case for it. National Car Rental did a study and 83% of people who had an accessibility need that wasn’t met by the website went to a different one.” “If you’ve got a website and a quarter of your population can’t access it, it makes perfect business sense to be able to allow it to be accessed.” To find out more about our Morson Equals Opportunities campaign, click here. Or click the 'Accessibility tools' button on our homepage to search our latest jobs using ReciteMe.

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