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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Morson recently sponsored North Wales based boxer, Osian Williams in his professional debut victory over James Darkes earlier this month. Williams secured the decision victory after 3 rounds of action to set his professional career heading in the right direction and he was ecstatic to have the support of Morson for this fight: “Morson was the first sponsor I had, they’re a massive name. They’ve had all the best Manchester fighters involved; Ricky Hatton, Scott Quigg and Callum Smith as well. I know the director of the company is a massive boxing fan so for me personally it was a dream for someone like that to take a chance on me” It wasn’t only the fact that it was Osian’s debut that made the win so special, but also due to the odds he faced leading up to the bout: “It was a significant win, I’ve had a year and a half out of the ring. I’ve had a lot going on behind the scenes and I completely relocated from Manchester to North Wales” Williams transitioned to the pro ranks with an amateur record of 25 wins and 5 losses and he credits trainer Mike Egan for his success in making this transition: “I found Mike Egan at Immortals gym. He took a chance on me when people didn’t want to. I didn’t have the best attitude, I wasn’t living the best life but he brainwashed me and got me back to where I need to be.” It’s clear that after speaking to Osian, he reflects on his past in order to build a better future for himself and the only person he is truly competing against is the man in the mirror: “One time when I was young, I was fighting a good kid and I was very nervous and my coach said to me if you just be you, you can beat anyone and I didn’t believe it at the time but I believe that now. For me it’s not just about being better than my opponent but also being better than I was a couple of years ago because on my day I know I can beat anyone that’s not arrogant that’s self-belief.” Morson were proud to sponsor Osian at this important stage of his career and we all wish him the best of luck in the future.Find out more
Morson is delighted to be named Top Employer for our work on gender inclusivity by employment website VERCIDA. The annual awards are highly competitive and include big industry names geared towards fair and people-focused employment. Entrants are judged according to factors like diversity initiatives within their own business, the amount and type of content shared on the VERCIDA website, partnerships with diverse initiatives, external awards received that year and how they rank as candidate favourites. Morson featured in the top ten list for gender inclusivity, a list which includes HS2, Atkins and Bloomberg. VERCIDA is a careers site tuned to diversity and inclusion that only works with employers committed to values, equality, respect, culture, inclusion, diversity and accessibility. Employers use this site to showcase who they are, the jobs they have and the working environment they wish to create in order to attract a rich variety of people. The panel behind the awards are keen to explore the power of using a diversity-led careers site to reach new audiences and promote diversity and inclusion at all levels. This is part of VERCIDA’s wider intentions to help build more successful and diverse teams by supporting and facilitating a wide skill mix to employers. VERCIDA Chief Executive Officer Morgan Lobb explained, “The power of what we do is to make job search about more than just a vacancy. It’s building an environment where people bring their whole self to work, talk about success and together remove the barriers to great employment. We’re proud to be standing with our award winners who have done this so much this year in changing the way we work for the better. I congratulate them all.” Adrian Adair, Chief Operations Officer for Morson International, said “As a business, we’re practising what we preach and leading by example and it’s great to see that celebrated with this award. We’re the only recruitment agency to commit to a target for the number of female contractors that we employ. That was good for us to put a stick in the ground and have something to aim for. That’s really enabled us to focus on what we’re trying to do and we look forward to continue to be a leading light.” For more information on our diversity activity check out our dedicated Diversity Hub.Find out more
The Morson Group is featured in the latest edition of True North Books' nostalgic memories series. The book, titled Manchester - The Golden Years, brings to life Manchester's rich a diverse history from the Victorian era to the present day, with stories covering topics from work, transport, sport and business. The final section of the book looks at successful businesses from the region and charts their story as the city itself has grown. Morson's entry in the book is a reflection of our firm roots. Our surrounding area and community has always been important to us, and since we were founded in 1969, out head office hasn't moved further than 2 miles away from its original location at the Mason family home in New Lane, Salford. As Morson Group CEO Ged Mason describes in the book: "Manchester has always been a fantastic place to conduct business. From our first office at our family home, to our corporate headquarters on Centenary Way, Salford, we have enjoyed working within the diverse and exciting business culture Manchester provides and we are proud of our roots." The book also highlights our commitment to helping our surrounding area, forging long links with charities such as the Seashell Trust and Destination Florida. It also highlights our commitment to helping armed forces veterans and our status as a Ministry of Defence Gold Award holder. With offices now worldwide, Morson celebrates 50 years in business in 2019 and has planned a range of celebratory events throughout the year. Ged Mason said "I'm very proud of the Morson family and where we are now. As much as we are looking back when we celebrate our birthday, it's important that we look forward and keep driving on, at all times remembering that our greatest asset is our people. As my father used to say, 'there is no finish line, and that is the challenge.' Manchester - The Golden Years is available from True North Books now.Find out more
Our Operations Director, Adrian Adair has featured in the latest issue of Recruitment International Magazine discussing the importance of diversity in business and more specifically, in recruitment. Morson prides itself on being an equal opportunities employer that provides an inclusive environment to candidates and employees alike. We believe that diversity of thought promotes innovation by bringing multiple perspectives to discussions and decisions. We are committed to improving the diversity of our company and building inclusive cultures every day. Not only is this good for business, but it’s also the right thing to do. We aim to be a truly 21st-century workforce, where everyone’s talents are welcomed, valued and nurtured. In October we hosted a unique panel event which brought together world-class leaders from various professions and industries to share their own stories and insights on leadership behaviours. They discussed ideas from creating inclusive cultures and leading successfully diverse teams to developing environments where all staff can thrive and reach their full potential. Read more about the event here. In a snippet from Recruiter International, Adrian Adair articulates why diversity and inclusion is core to Morson: “There’s no denying that diversity achieves better commercial results by driving innovative ideas, changing the status quo and raising the bar for success. Yet it isn’t just as easy as attracting talent from underrepresented groups, as a business must also create working environments that champion equality and inclusivity from the inside out.” “We strive to ensure that our workforce represents our customers and society as a whole, which means recruiting from the widest talent pool and giving our people the tools, drivers and learning opportunities to reach their full potential, from entry to board level.” “We’re the only recruiter to commit to a target for increasing the number of female contractors that we employ and are using our own business as a sounding board to perfect our diversity initiatives and challenge stereotypes, so these can be rolled out to our clients to develop cultures that embrace change and ultimately outperform their peers” To find out more about our commitment to diversity, visit our diversity hub.Find out more
Earlier this month, Morson hosted the latest Sale Sharks Business Club event which focused on the topic of Overcoming Mental Challenges in Sport and in Business, with the main idea being to raise awareness of mental health. One of the speakers on the star studded panel was Sharks winger, Marland Yarde who has recently been through one of the most testing points of his career. The 26 year-old sustained a season ending injury after dislocating his knee during a Premiership game against Newcastle in October and spoke to Morson about what affect this experience on the sidelines has had on him: “I’m used to training everyday and playing games on weekends that’s what drives me playing those match days. To have that taken away from me was hard to take but the important thing for me was that I allowed myself to grieve on that for a few days. There’s no point allowing that to affect you, it’s very important to get that mental switch” Even though these past few weeks will undoubtedly have been difficult for Marland, he values the support from those closest to him as a major factor in his physical and mental recovery: “I’ve got a great support team around me with my girlfriend, my family and my friends. They’ve all helped me through that period and helped me get back on that right track. I’m currently ahead of schedule, I’m off crutches and these little small wins that are helping me with the mental side of things” Yarde also highlighted the fact that no matter what you do for a living, it’s vital to look after your mental health: “Mental health is a massive area in Rugby, whether that’s through depression, concussion or other different types of things. There’s a lot of things that can relate that to Sport and Business as well, a lot of people have to go through things that will affect their mental health. It’s not turning a blind eye to it, it’s acknowledging it and trying to help make improvements to people’s lives” Marland also gave his opinion on what people working in business can learn from athletes in terms of how they approach their day to day lives: “From my experience, I’ve got injured but it’s that next job mentality where I look at what I can do off the field that will make me a better player on the field. I’m guessing in a business environment, when you have got setbacks, it’s about what you can do next to learn from those” Head to the video below for Marland's highlights from the event or download our joint whitepaper with Sale Sharks Community Trust 'Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace', which features powerful stories from our employee's and ex-professional boxer Ricky Hatton.Find out more
Morson Group are delighted to announce that our rail training division, Morson Vital Training (MVT), have won Best Apprenticeship at the Transport for London Supplier Awards 2018. The award was presented to members of the Morson Vital Training team at a cermony at the London Transport Museum in London on Wednesday 5th December. The annual awards are awarded by TfL to recognise the work their supply chain does with them across all of their operations. The awards are open to all suppliers and cross many categories including health, safety & environment, efficiencies, collaboration, and diversity & inclusion. MVT fought off competition from MTR Crossrail and Bombardier to take home the award, which was presented by the newly appointed CEO of Crossrail Mark Wild. During the presentation. Mark highlighted the significance of the category: "I heard an interesting stat that apprenticeships in every sector are declining apart from in the transportation sector, which is something to be really proud of. This is probably one of the most important awards of the night, actually." The submission highlighted MVT's record of putting quality before quantity, ensuring all apprentices are embedded with fundamental skills for their development as employees - including in aspects of their lives outside of basic rail training, such as finance. It also highlighted our commitment to social inclusion and mobilisation, with representatives within the London boroughs and wider groups working with a network of school and combined authorities to support, challenge and promote the benefits of engineering to a wide range of underrepresented groups. Matthew Leavis, head of UK training, said: "It's beyond satisfying to see the hard work and dedication of the team being recognised. We were up against some amazing competition and to walk away with the award feels fantastic and gives us a great sense of achievement. We hope the success of our low volume, high quality programme that offers the best possible learner journey will encourage more small scale, high quality programmes that meet the need for work-ready employees. We're not resting here though, and we're developing additional initiatives to further improve our service offering." MVT has an enviable track record within the industry, and in 2017 were awarded platinum 'best in class' by the National Skills Academy for Rail following an extensive audit of their operations. They have also recently introduced a new initiative to offer ex-forces veterans access to free training in order to aid their transition from the military into civilian life.Find out more
At Morson International, we have seen an increase in the number of staff coming forward to express their own struggles with mental illness and seek support. This change in attitudes presented the opportunity to strengthen our own workplace priorities towards mental health by developing effective engagement strategies that tackle the core issues. In doing so, this has enabled us to attract and retain our talented people, drive productivity and innovation and reap numerous commercial benefits that set us apart from many of our competitors. We conducted a survey of 1,400 Morson contractors and collated findings from the Sale Sharks Community Trusts mental health awareness programme to produce a whitepaper that provides a unique insight into workplace mental health in the UK, showing the current state of affairs, the progress made to date and future objectives for employers. The survey helped to reveal what practical steps organisations could take to improve the way they manage and support staff with mental health concerns. Two thirds (66%) of respondents said that developing the right culture was the best way to improving mental health awareness. More than 60% said more support and access to education around mental health was also needed to combat the issue and a further 53% said an anonymous support line would prove beneficial to them and their business. Every business must begin with the basics and create a strong company culture where employees feel valued, supported and encouraged. Creating a culture where staff can be themselves makes it easier to speak about mental health concerns without fear. Championing our employees’ mental wellbeing is part of the overall Morson Group strategy, showing our workforce that we are serious in giving them access to the support and tools they need, as and when required. The decision to disclose a mental health concern is not one that people take lightly and an open and honest culture helps to stamp out any fear of discrimination to encourage staff to come forward. A Morson guide to managing mental health in the workplace: Identify gaps in your mental health aspirations and current practices to first understand what additional programmes and initiatives are required. Develop a mental health strategy that is championed from the top down through positive behaviours and attitudes. Ensure this strategy touches every part of your organisation by building wellbeing into core business values. Address any negative perceptions and opinions held by management and those implementing the policies. Train key staff in becoming mental health champions, ensuring they are handpicked based on personality, empathy and other key traits. Train existing and new managers on mental health and make it part of their line management role to spot the signs. Effectively communicate your mental health and wellbeing resources to staff. Ensure staff working in all locations can access the same resources and support channels with ease. Maintain momentum by ensuring policies are reviewed regularly for maximum impact and act on feedback from staff throughout the business to tailor policies to changing needs. Ensure flexibility by recognising that people need different adjustments in the workplace. Over the coming years, we expect mental wellbeing to play an increasingly prominent role within every business, yet the attitudes of individual leaders will remain a major influence on the rate of adoption. Organisations with increasing skills shortages and strong leadership will help bring mental health in the workplace to the fore, by recognising the numerous commercial benefits it provides. By celebrating good practice and sharing the stories of what individuals face within our own organisation, we hope that other businesses can benefit from this information and insight and use it to help to kick-start their own wellbeing journey. Morson has released a mental health whitepaper which includes more insights from our contractor survey supported by powerful personal stories of our own employees and ex-Morson sponsored boxer Ricky Hatton. To download, visit www.morson.com/tackling-mental-healthFind out more
We know that this time of year may not feel like the best time to start searching for a new job with everyone winding down for Christmas and festivities ramping up. However, there are many reasons why it’s the most wonderful time of year to look for a job that you may not have considered. Therefore, Terry Naden, the Director of our London Office gives us his top tips on festive job hunting and why it’s the best time of year to start the search. Why is Christmas a good time to kick start that job search? “I think there’s a number of reasons really, number one, at this time of year a lot of other people are relaxing and kicking back for the year and I don’t think they’re really thinking about searching for a new job. This is your opportunity to get ahead of the game so you’ll beat your competition to that first interview opportunity!” “I also think that people who are at work and who are looking for potential new candidates in the new year have that extra bit of downtime to be able to consider peoples applications with more time. This means aspects of your CV that may have not stood out with a just a quick glance may be noticed and appreciated” Are there any specific tips for people looking for jobs at this time of year? "I think the tips stay the same whatever the time of year. For me, attention to detail is so important and is the number one thing you need to get right. You should make sure that everything that you’re putting in front of an employer is precise, well detailed, accurate and to just generally present yourself in the best possible light you can." What is your favourite festive film? "Favourite Christmas film, Home Alone I think! Definitely, Home Alone!" Watch the full interview below: So, you’ve listened to all the reasons why you should kick-start your festive job hunt, now it’s time to take some action! Click here to search the latest job opportunities with Morson.Find out more
It can be overwhelming when your New Year’s resolutions become as long as your holiday shopping list but setting yourself goals at the start of the year is a great way to get 2019 off to the best start. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to stick to your resolutions by February, March or even late January can send your anxiety into overdrive. So, in order to set yourself up for success, you need to ensure you set realistic goals that you are going to be able to work on throughout the year. Check out our top tips for success below: Start small Let’s not go crazy and write a list as long as your arm with everything you want to change in your life. Having unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions is pretty much setting yourself up for failure and when you don’t achieve them it can be very demotivating. The best way to tackle change is to start small and work your way up. For example, if you want to spend more time with family and friends, dedicate a day a month to begin with where you plan an activity together and build from there. Talk about it By telling a friend or loved one about your resolution, it means you have someone there to not only support you but keep you focused and motivated. If you start wavering, friends and family will be on hand to assist. Another thing to remember is by telling people it creates a greater connection between your ‘thinking self’ and your ‘doing self’ and makes the resolution appear more real than if you simply think it in your head. Knowing people are supporting you, gives more incentive to follow through on your goal! Don’t beat yourself up If you fail the first time, just try, try, try again! So, you’ve eaten a chocolate bar that was forbidden in week two? Put it behind you and start again. Nobody is perfect and by being too forceful and strict, you may start to rebel and be demotivated. Another way to help this is by giving your goal a timeframe, say ‘only 5 cigarettes a month’ and that way, once you’ve achieved the big success in that short-term goal, it encourages you to continue. Review your progress Break your resolutions down in stages, or months in order to track your progress. Then, a few months down the line, you can see what is working and what is not. For instance, if your resolution was to go to the gym three evenings a week, perhaps you haven’t been sticking to it because you always work late. Therefore, the answer may be to try going to the gym during your lunch break instead. Ultimately, making a minor adjustment could be the key to success. Celebrate Remember to celebrate your successes! Making any kind of change in your life is hard and if you make a resolution to change something you don’t like and achieve it, you definitely deserve a reward! The only thing to remember is to make sure you keep up the hard work and don’t fall back into your old habits! How do you stick to your resolutions? Let us know on Twitter. Or need some career advice? Check out our blog.Find out more
Morson Projects have a new client, who goes by the name Santa Claus, this is their report: We pride ourselves on our consistent delivery of engineering services across the range of industries we operate within; tailoring our services to meet clients’ specific needs. Our new client Mr S Claus operates in the specialised sector of global festive cheer and gift delivery, fulfilling this service worldwide to time, quality and no cost. He has an excellent workforce including suitably qualified and experienced manufacturing elves as well as an excellent mode of transport with innovative propulsion. As part of Mr S Claus’ continual improvement, he has tasked our Technical Services Department to ensure that all technical documentation is in place in accordance with his legal obligations to provide fit for purpose documentation for personnel who interface with his sleigh. We have produced the following synopsis of a range of documentation for his consideration: As well as the above, Mr Claus must take various other aspects into consideration. From Database organisation to sleigh lifecycle care, to composite materials. The Morson Projects team gives us an overview: Santa’s Database Dan Robinson – Power Apprentice: Now we all know Santa Claus likes to be efficient by delivering presents all around the world in one night! That’s why good old Kris most likely uses a database to store information, such as the addresses of all the good boys and girls. Databases are brilliant for storing information to be put through an algorithm which can then be used to provide Santa and his reindeer with the most effective route to deliver all those presents in time for Christmas. He could ask his elves to create a database before Christmas including children’s names, where they live (GPS coordinates) and what presents they are getting. Sleigh Lifecycle Care Freyja Ingham – Asset Care Engineer I would set about creating an inspection schedule listing all assets on the sleigh in a logical order. I would then carry out an inspection taking note of anything which is showing signs of degradation, anything which is set up incorrectly and anything which has the future potential to cause harm to people or the surrounding equipment. This inspection would help in the maintenance of the sleigh, pinpointing any areas of concern which could be degrading faster than others, for example, the sleigh runners and fixing arrangements, allowing the maintenance team to fix any faults prior to them causing any kind of danger. As the documents may need to be for anybody to use all around the world I might think of including images of the item to be inspected so anybody anywhere could pick it up regardless of language barriers. Lighting up The Sleigh James Adshead – Power Apprentice: The only source of light that Santa’s sleigh emits is from Rudolph’s nose, during the busiest night of the year he may need extra lights to help the night run a bit smoother. I propose that Santa’s sleigh should be fitted with a variety of LED lights for him to carry out other tasks within the Sleigh, for example, he will probably be stepping out onto a roof when delivering presents. In order to combat this, a small strip of LED running lights can be installed on the underside of the sleigh illuminating the ground around and underneath him. This not only makes it easier to land the sleigh but also makes it a lot safer for Mr Claus when he is departing the sleigh to deliver presents, meaning there is less of a chance that Santa will slip and hurt himself, ruining Christmas! As well as this, he may need some light within the Sleigh for him to see the presents that are in the back, helping him to identify the correct presents at the correct houses. Traditionally Santa’s sleigh is made from materials such as wood and due to the simplicity of the design, there are no electrical components or systems fitted. Thankfully, installing these LED’s means no changes need to be made to the current structural design of the sleigh. The battery that powers the LED’s can be hidden away under his seat and only small wires are needed to run between this battery and the lights. If he wanted he could also have a switch that allowed him to turn these LED’s off and on at will. If he didn’t want to worry about whether the battery was going to run flat he could attach a small set of blades (with a diameter of no more than 30cm) onto the side of the sleigh, which rotates due to the air passing through them as he flies between each house. These could be attached to a shaft which leads into a small generator, thus creating the charge required to prevent the battery running flat. Hopefully, these changes will make Santa’s deliveries on Christmas Eve run smoother and prevent any accidents from happening which could put Christmas in jeopardy. Composite Materials Stuart Taylor – Graduate Design Engineer For Santa’s Sleigh to fly all night, it must be lightweight so that the reindeers don’t get too tired! The sleigh would be made from composite materials to ensure it was not only light but also strong and durable to do so many miles. Paulo Venancio – Aerospace Project Manager & Mark Davies – Aerospace Chief Engineer Santa’s sleigh blades are made of ceramic composite to manage the high temperature due to travelling at the speed of light. The sleigh structure is a monocoque, designed with lightweight carbon boron materials. The fabrics are specifically weaved by elves in Finland and the resin comes from the undergrounds of the artic… Also, Santa wears a Kevlar suit to protect him from any bullets from children that didn’t get the presents they want. If you think you’re ready for a career change this festive season, search the opportunities at Morson today.Find out more
Are you a leader like Santa, an inventor like Kevin McAlister or a go-getter like John McClane? Take the quiz to discover your Christmas personality type and your perfect job type. There’s Buddy The Elf, Jack Frost, John McLane, Kevin McAlister and Santa Claus. Tweet us @MorsonGroup to let us know which character you are #HolidayHub … Find out more
To ensure a happy and productive work environment, it’s essential to follow the unwritten rules of Christmas office etiquette. Doing the opposite can be bad for business (and Christmas spirit). Here are a few reminders of what to do and not do in the office this festive season from some of our favourite shows: 1. Don’t eat someone else’s food. ‘That festive sandwich was the only good thing going on in my life’ – Ross Geller, Friends It’s not big, it’s not clever. Colleagues eating other people’s food is the UK’s no.1 office bugbear, guaranteed to foster sour grapes and tense atmospheres. Ross’s reaction is perfectly understandable, especially when we find out that it’s his boss who ate his sandwich. No matter your seniority, if it’s labelled don’t eat it. To add insult to injury, he threw half of it in the bin, moist maker and all! Argh! The injustice! 2. Do keep secret Santa … a secret ‘So Phyliss is basically saying, hey Michael, I only care about you a homemade oven mitt’s worth … I gave Ryan an iPod’ – Michael Scott, The US Office Ranking high on the list of terrible workplace ideas if office secret Santa. It’s the time of the year where colleagues awkwardly give and receive gifts they don’t like from people they barely know. As shown by Michael Scott, secret Santa gifts are well-intentioned but the odds of a recipient actually liking, needing or not being mildly offended by the gift are slim. Your workplace secret Santa won’t be a dramatic as a sit-com but hey, avoid the awkwardness and keep it quiet. 3. Don’t force Christmas on your co-workers ‘Every year I give Leslie the same Christmas gift I give everyone, a crisp $20 bill. And every year she gives me something thoughtful and personal. It makes me furious’ – Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation Like Ron Swanson, not everyone is a Christmas fan. By forcing festivities on those who don’t want to get involved you can inadvertently alienate people. Keep in mind that not everyone celebrates the same holidays and even those who do might not celebrate them in the same ways. Don’t push people to celebrate in ways they’re not comfortable with. 4. Do remember those who work over Christmas ‘Statistically Christmas Eve is one of the worst nights to be on call’ – JD, Scrubs All over the world, people work over the festive period. In the UK alone 900,000 people work on Christmas Day, a jump of 5 per cent over the past three years. From emergency response workers to chefs and vicars to railway engineers, take time to appreciate and reflect on those who keep the country running over the festive period. Bosses, co-workers and HR representatives, what’s your experience with Christmas office etiquette offenders? Let us know on Twitter @Morsongroup with the hashtag #XmasOfficeEtiquette.Find out more