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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. 

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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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    Morson Donate To British Army Team in Atlantic Rowing Challenge | 50 Weeks of Giving

    CHARITY | 2 MIN READ Morson donate to British Army for daunting Atlantic rowing race 50 Weeks of Giving runs throughout 2019 as we celebrate 50 years in business (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); })(); To mark the 6th week of our ’50 Weeks of Giving’ initiative, we are donating £5,000 to the British Army’s team taking part in the daunting Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. The premier event in ocean rowing, the Atlantic Challenge is a 3,000 mile long row from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda. The race takes place annually from early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. Among the many dangers on the route, including 20ft waves, the team battle against the physical extremes faced by participating in such a long and strenuous challenge like salt sores and sleep deprivation. It is estimated that each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes throughout the course of the journey. They will row for two hours, then sleep for two hours constantly, 24 hours a day while burning over 5,000 calories per day. Over €6 million has been raised for charity over the course of the last four races and Morson are delighted to be helping out this fantastic cause, allied with the British Army. Our 50 Weeks of Giving program will be in addition to the work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. In the last 10 years, we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as the Seashell Trust, Destination Florida, Salford University, Alzheimer's Society and MIND. Further celebratory plans throughout the year will bring together Morson’s sporting ambassadors; from the horse racing world, ex-Manchester United players, to former world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla and Sale Sharks rugby club.

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    Attracting the New Generation in Rail

    SAFETY MATTERS | 3 MIN READ Morson Vital Training (MVT) is using its sponsorship of a grassroots team at West Freestyle Martial Arts Club as a vehicle to instil better rail safety behaviours into children. MVT will run a series of events to spark the pupils’ interest in engineering and the rail industry, including an introduction to life on track by visiting its Salford training hub. Download the latest edition of our Safety Matters magazine. (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 Vital Training (MVT) has a rich history of building the rail industry’s talent pipeline, especially through its outstanding apprenticeship provision. To build on its work, training support manager, Andrew Robinson, has launched an employer engagement programme with a local school to offer young people a direct link into successful rail careers. Andrew has been an enterprise advisor with New Park School in Eccles for a number of months, working closely with young people and staff to support outcomes and give them increased visibility of career paths. The school provides specialist provision for young people aged 7-16 assessed as having social, emotional and/or mental health difficulties, which are often linked to learning or communication difficulties. MVT will run a series of events to spark the pupils’ interest in engineering and the rail industry, including an introduction to life on track by visiting its Salford training hub. Students will also receive manual handling training and learn the essential skills required within rail, such as teamwork, timekeeping and communication, as well as taking part in an interactive ‘Morson Engineering Challenge’. Andrew explains: “Pupils have an increased chance of becoming NEET adults (not in education, employment or training) once they leave New Park School and this is a cycle that we’re focused on breaking. “As well as learning essential skills and having exposure to the range of employment and training opportunities available to them, each pupil will receive a certificate at the end of the programme to include in their CV. Many of the pupils are also from benefit-dependent families, who without people like us getting involved, would remain unemployed and lack all future employment prospects and ambitions.” Female sport stars from the all-girls under 11’s football team, the Treowen Stars have also scored a vital deal. Vital Human Resources is now sponsoring the inspiring football team who are based in South Wales. The team play in a non-competitive league throughout Gwent and the young girls now proudly carry the Vital name on their shirts. Read more about how Morson Vital Training and the Girls Network spark engineering interest in a new generation of young people. Morson makes sensei of grassroots sponsorship Morson Vital Training (MVT) is using its sponsorship of a grassroots team at West Freestyle Martial Arts Club in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, as a vehicle to instil better rail safety behaviours into children. The grassroots club delivers high energy kickboxing that combines martial arts kicks with boxing style training to help keep young people fit, confident and happy. As well as disciplines in martial arts, the students learn teamwork, patience, motivation, leadership as well as the importance of health and safety towards themselves and one another. To build on this health and safety angle, MVT recently took the Morson Vital Safety Unit along to the Club to talk to the children and their parents about rail safety. The fun, interactive event focused on level crossing and foot crossing safety, giving children food-for-thought on how to keep themselves, their friends and their family safe on the UK rail network. Jane Hepburn, HSE advisor delivered the talk and said: “We want our young people to become safety conscious adults when using the rail network and that means understanding the dangers present. “The children were so engaged in what we had to say, giving them first-hand insight into the dangers around the railway, with a focus on level crossing safety, the roots of risky behaviour and how peer pressure can impact their decision making, to really drive home these important safety messages.” Download our latest issue of Safety Matters to read more about everything from health and safety innovation and project wins to top tips and case studies. Or, to search for our latest jobs, click here.

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    Inside Gallagher's Gym 2019

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Anthony Crolla previews a huge 2019 for the gym Gym benefits from expansion in the new year Exclusive in-camp footage Prior to the announcement of his Lomachenko fight later this year, we caught up with Anthony Crolla at a packed Gallagher’s gym last week and coinciding with a busy start to 2019 for the Bolton based gym has been a brand new refurbishment of the training centre with a larger environment for the fighters to now train in and a range of new equipment coming in. Anthony gave his thoughts on the new look to his familiar surroundings: (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); })(); “The gym looks great with the new bags and equipment. It’s always nice coming into a new workplace, it makes you want to work that little better. Listen, whether we train at David Lloyd gym, Total Fitness gym or wherever it may be, it doesn’t matter to me you’ve got to do your graft!” Alongside ‘Million Dollar’ at the gym were those closest to him throughout his most recent camps with the Smith brothers, Sam Hyde and Callum Johnson all helping each other prepare for a busy year ahead. Even though Anthony’s eyes will now be fixated on Lomachenko, he is still an integral part of the camps some of his team mates are currently going through: “Boxing is classed as an individual sport but there is very much a team spirit here and we’re always pushing each other. There’s Liam Smith, Tasha Jonas and Paul Butler all fighting on 30th of March so they’re a little bit ahead of us where they are in camp. Callum Johnson is on in a few weeks so I’ve been doing quite a bit with him” He continued: “On the 30th of March, all the gym will be there supporting Liam, Tasha and Butler. Even with CJ in New York, they’ll be a few of us going to support him and that’s what’s great about this gym everyone’s out supporting one another” With the fight of his life looming, dreams of what accolades and riches may follow are within touching distance but as with each fight, the former WBA champion ensured that he won’t get ahead of himself: “You’ve got to take it fight by fight. I know I’m in the latter part of my career, the back nine. I will take it one fight at a time. I’m still loving training, I still feel like I’m improving. Next time will be for a World Title, so we’ll see how things go. You’ve always got to have that plan of where you want to be at the end of the year but you can’t look past your opponent” Ahead of this landmark event on the boxing calendar, Morson will be following Anthony Crolla during his training camp so stay tuned for further content!

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    SeaBubbles, the ‘Flying’ Boat is the New Way to Travel in Miami

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 3 MIN READ Read about the latest way to travel on water The SeaBubbles Bubble Taxi is an electric, self-stabilising, hydrofoiling ‘flying’ boat. Watch the video of SeaBubbles flying in Saint-Tropez (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); })(); Launching in Miami this week is a new way to travel, by bubble taxi! The five-seater, SeaBubbles Bubble Taxi is an electric, self-stabilising, hydrofoiling ‘flying’ boat. It is believed to be around the size of a family car with a very slick design that can easily glide through the water, making for a smooth and comfortable ride. But how does it work? The Bubble Taxi prototype runs on a 20-kilowatt electric drive system, and once it hits around 8 mph its hydrofoils develop enough lift to make it rise out of the water at 16 inches, allowing a top speed 17 mph. The taxi has a 21.5-kilowatt-hour battery, which is good for up to two hours of use or 40 km (25 miles) between five-hour charges. Operating on a central front and two rear hydrofoils, the Bubble Taxi uses gyroscopic and altitude sensors to measure pitch and roll angles constantly. The steering system is completely fly-by-wire, allowing the boat to auto-correct for tilt and stabilise itself as you drive. However, this innovative mode of transport doesn’t come cheap, at around $200,000 but with its attractive fuel savings, it could be very eye-catching. Check out the SeaBubbles video: SeaBubbles’ co-founder Anders Bringdal said: “The cities today have one thing in common: pollution and congestion. Every city has waterways — ones that are fairly unused. Think about having a giant freeway that goes straight down the centre of the city, and no one uses it… why is that?” “You could do this with a normal boat,” he admits. “But with a normal boat with a normal combustion engine, the fuel price you’re paying is between $70 and $130 per hour. With us, it’s $2,” A number of private buyers in the United States have already made an order and are waiting for their arrival in Summer 2019. The company is also preparing to start production for private and business customers in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. SeaBubbles have said that this is just the beginning of their journey and they are predicting that their production models will be much faster, with bigger batteries and a longer range. All there is left to say is, when can we have a go!? (Images and video sourced via SeaBubble) With new technology immerging every day, we are recruiting for exciting IT and Digital roles that can take your career to the next level. Search our jobs or register for our tailored job alerts here.

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    From Rail To Racing | Morson Back Contractor As He Follows His Passion

    Morson is delighted to add racing driver Gavin Johnson to our impressive list of sporting talent. We spoke to Gavin to find out more about him. (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); })(); “I’ve always loved cars, and I’m competitive.” Morson contractor Gavin Johnson has a long history with the company and a long history in track racing. Now plying his trade as Project Manager with Network Rail working on a multimillion pound signalling contract at Liverpool Lime Street, Gavin balances his working life with his main passion. Gavin originally worked for Morson as a resource manager for blue collar rail, working under our current Group HSQE director Gareth Morris. It was during these years, with help from Morson, that he further developed his enthusiasm for racing, a manifestation of a competitive edge he’d developed in other sports. “I played a lot of football. I actually played for the Railways Great Britain team, a sort of semi-professional team representing British railways. Ged Mason even gave me a bit of time off to travel Europe with them. We beat the Germans!” Morson also had a hand in helping out with his track exploits, which began in his early years going to races with his father. “Ged Mason was sponsoring me racing karts in my mid-twenties, where I won the novice gold cup. Then funding became a bit of an issue for me, coupled with having a young family, so I had to leave it for a little while.” Gavin returned to the sport about four years ago racing a Fiesta XR2. This ended up developing into racing a Porsche and he won a race in his first season. In his second season, he won the national championship and set a few lap records in the process.” “Me and a friend bought the Porsche together and we shared it for a while before doing individual seasons. We did quite well and attracted a number of sponsors, which helped things financially.” On the back of this success, Gavin now has the opportunity to race at a higher level in a more powerful car with a view to going higher up the motorsport ranks. One of these ways is through the Wrexham Glyndwr University engineering students (TWP Racing) that is run by the students themselves under the watchful eye of management team John and Will Earp. “I’m racing a British-made Lotus Elise in 2019. It’s great because we have the engineering students running the car for me. It’s great that they can be involved.” Inspiring the next generation of engineers is something that’s important to Gavin, and having the University involved is part of the way to achieving this. His own children are also inspired by their fathers’ pursuits. “The children are really invested. I race probably once a month and the whole family go, along with my father who first took me to watch when I was young. We’ve also had primary school students turn up to watch through sponsor deals and they love it. It’s great to give something back to the youth of today.” Having raced in the Race of Remembrance, Gareth also regularly contributes to Porsche magazines and it’s clear his career in the sport is going from strength to strength. From his early days of karting to the next stages of his journey, we’re behind Gavin in wishing him all the success in his career, both on the rail and the tracks. That's why we're joining forces with TWP Racing, PDC Racing, Gavin and Pip Hammond for the 2019 Motorsport Season. The group will race in a national endurance championship at iconic racetracks such as Silverstone and Brands Hatch and travel out to the iconic Spa- Francorchamps circuit in Belgium as part of the competition. We'll be checking in with Gavin throughout the season. Read more about our sporting sponsorships here

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    Morson Vital Training Take Part In Transport For London Diversity Scheme

    Morson Vital Training (MVT) are delighted to have been invited to take part in the Women into Transportation and Engineering (WiTnE) Pre-Employment Programme, the latest initiative from Transport the London (TfL). (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); })(); The invitation comes off the back of MVT winning the TfL Supplier Award for Best Apprenticeship in December 2018. Other key suppliers to be involved in the programme are Thales, Telent and Arriva. The initiative sees Morson offering a selection of real work placements to women from London with an opportunity to apply to join the apprenticeship at the end. Graham Timbers and his London-based operations team for Morson rail, are providing this opportunity, partnering with their largest client to join them in affecting change. A dedicated mentor, Daniela Halacheva, has been supplied by Morson London to answer queries and give the candidates the help and knowledge they need while gaining their experience. Following an initial session on 14th February, when six candidates were chosen, we spoke to Morson Vital Training’s Andrew Robinson about taking part in the scheme: What are you looking for in a candidate? We’re looking for trailblazers, people who can be the future of the rail industry. We want people who are reliable, hard-working and happy to take on a challenge and make a career of engineering. What do the placements involve? The placements will offer a real snapshot of the work we are involved in and a taster of what it’s like to be part of a team. It will cover the training, induction and briefing given to all operatives to prepare them to work safely. Each person will have an appointed mentor to offer support, guidance and answer questions. It will also offer experience in a variety of our work environments. These include reconditioning work (breaking off old concrete, pouring new and relaying the track) and track maintenance (identifying and correction of faults such as broken or worn components, ballast profiling and small re-rails). Why is diversity important within rail? Diversity is important across the whole of engineering, not just within rail. In order to meet the challenges of creating a railway fit for the future we need a diverse range of bright new people and solutions. The only way to do this is to have a workforce that reflects this diversity and is as varied as the challenges posed. It brings fresh eyes and new ways of looking at things. Why do you think women are put off from careers in rail? It’s because of the stereotypical view of what is required to work within the industry. We can only change this by coming together with our partners like TfL to challenge and ultimately change these attitudes. Programmes such as this show that working in modern engineering is a possibility for all. The work conducted by MVT forms part of a larger commitment to diversity for Morson. In 2017, we launched our pledge to double the number of female contractors on our books by 2020. Research at the time indicated that doubling the number of female contractors working in the UK would add an extra 96,000 people to the UK workforce. Ged Mason, CEO of the Morson Group, said: “Our aim is to inspire the next generation of engineers and also showcase the skills required to work in engineering to help females in other sectors realise what transferable skills they have and their career prospects in this industry. Research shows that nearly half of female engineers enter the industry through a family connection, highlighting the importance of role models within the sector. There’s also the stigma that says engineering is only for men, which is why part of our campaign is changing the perceptions amongst parents, teachers and young people who believe it’s a male profession.” Find out more about our diversity initiatives here

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    4 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Job Again | Career Advice

    CAREER ADVICE | 3 MIN READ Find out how to fall back in love with your job Read our top tips for getting the most out of your career Valentines Day is a day for love, romance, chocolates, flowers and personalised biscuits decorated with hearts. But what if you fall out of love with your job? We spend on average, 7.5 hours a day at work so we’ve put together our top tips on how to rekindle that spark and help you remember why you love your job! 1. TRYING SOMETHING NEW When you start a new job there’s so much to take in for the first few months you are constantly learning. But once you’re fully settled and you’ve mastered your current workload, you can find yourself feeling bored, under stimulated and unchallenged on a daily basis. In any role, there are some tedious, repetitive tasks that just have to get done. But you can leverage your job as an opportunity to expand your professional or personal skills. Ask for training on a new piece of software you would like to learn, attend industry events to gain inspiration or investigate how you could dabble with new responsibilities without entirely jumping ship from your current role. 2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE BENEFITS With more competition in the industry, we are hearing the term “candidate driven market” more than ever. In simple terms, it means that you are in the driving seat and are able to demand and negotiate on more than just your salary. A new trend that has surfaced in the recruitment industry is offering a candidate package. Along with the salaried job offer which includes the standard holiday entitlement, pay and maybe a company car, companies are looking at what else they can offer to attract and retain the best talent. Things like study support, development plans, flexible working and earn while you learn schemes are all benefits that you can take advantage of if your employer offers these schemes. 3. TAKE REGULAR HOLIDAYS AND BREAKS Often you find yourself stressed and hating your job when you’re burned out. An easy way to avoid work-related stress and fatigue is by taking regular holidays and breaks. By holidays we mean a total office shut off, no emails, no phone calls and most importantly, no worrying! 4. ORGANISE A SOCIAL OUTING WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES This is especially important in this day and age, where it’s easy to avoid face-to-face contact. Instead of emailing your colleagues physically, go and talk to them in the office. Go and have lunch in the breakout area where you can talk to people. You spend most of your time with them, so you might as well try to enjoy their company. But when it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit, so If you’re ready to try something new, search our latest jobs here.

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    Safety Matters | An Update on Morson’s Close Call Reporting

    SAFETY MATTERS | 3 MIN READ​ Since its official launch in March 2018, we have received c.200 close calls The app is available on both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded by searching ‘Morson’ in the App Store or Google Play Download our latest issue of Safety Matters to read more about everything from health and safety innovation and project wins to top tips and case studies (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 our last edition, we announced the launch of our new Safety Matters Close Call App, which is transforming the way we maintain safety trackside by giving our entire workforce another simple way to report unsafe behaviours and working conditions. The app is available on both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded by searching ‘Morson’ in the App Store or Google Play. As well as the ability to report close calls anonymously, it also offers the added functionality of using the app whilst offline and submitting the details once your internet connection is restored, so it can be used in any location. The information that we receive is crucial to reducing and eliminating accidents and incidents. Since its official launch in March 2018, we have received c.200 close calls. The number reported each month continues increasing, with 14 recorded in April compared to 51 in September. During Period 7, the greatest number of close calls centred on the following safety issues and concerns: Lack of equipment or equipment that is broken or not working Delivery that is either late or failed to complete altogether Trip or trip hazard Poor or inadequate lighting on site Issues concerning members of the public Platform protection either not in use or inadequate Other close calls reported during this same period included disagreements/arguments, dust/fumes on site, faulty or lack of head torches, instructions/RAMS not listened to or followed, operatives not being clean shaven, and rubbish left on site. If ever in an unsafe situation, you should immediately report your concerns through the app, which is flagged instantly to our health and safety team. We also want to remind everyone of their shared accountability for each other’s actions, with health and safety not only the responsibility of the PWTs and inspectors. This collective responsibility and the encouragement to speak out and rectify problems before they become an issue, rather than ignoring it or viewing it as ‘someone else’s responsibility’, ensures that we work safe and go home safe every day. Here is a selection of close calls reported through the app during October 2018 and the subsequent actions that were taken: Download our latest issue of Safety Matters to read more about everything from health and safety innovation and project wins to top tips and case studies. Or, to search for our latest jobs, click here.

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    Current Business Culture Trends: Embracing the Digital Culture | Download Our Whitepaper

    THOUGHT LEADERSHIP | 2 MIN READ A new era of business culture has introduced new ways of working with more flexibility, better benefits and a focus on employee satisfaction more than ever before Find out how embracing the digital culture can help your business improve and grow In this competitive age, companies are having to work harder to attract the highest calibre of candidates. Culture in a business is an important factor when candidates are deciding whether your company is right for them. A new era of business culture has introduced new ways of working with more flexibility, better benefits and a focus on employee satisfaction more than ever before. But when a company has an ingrained culture, how does it then diversify and change the way they have worked for 10, 20, even 30 years to attract new talent? Embracing the Digital Culture The extent of technology in business has accelerated during the last two decades and is now a major factor in defining business growth. In the past it was perceived to be rude to have lengthy mobile phone calls during work hours, now mobile phones play a vital role in the running of any business. Technology touches every business from recruitment to healthcare, we simply could not be without it and so the benefits of digital culture no longer need to be justified. There is no question that adopting technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud data and embracing remote working tools can help a business improve and grow. But embracing other cultural trends such as flexible working now is dependent on the introduction of technology. Taking flexible working as an example, employees require a suitable laptop or desktop based at home, they require a good internet connection and access to their files and folders which are (usually) held within the businesses networks. “Providing all of your employees with Apple Macbook’s and a Superfast Broadband connection is not going to completely transform your business and provide an instant solution to high productivity and engagement. But, it’s a good building block to be able to provide other services that will ensure a happier workforce.” All of this requires investment into both software, hardware and also manpower to be able to implement and manage these systems. However, it’s important to note that providing all of your employees with a laptop and a Superfast Broadband connection is not going to completely transform your business and provide an instant solution to high productivity and engagement. But, it’s a good building block to be able to provide other services that will ensure a happier workforce. If you would like to find out more about how to engineer cultural change, download our free guide which explores what cultural change is, why it is so important for your business and how to engineer a cultural change as part of a successful growth strategy.

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    Women in Engineering | Alison Stresses STEM Appeal

    Alison Charles has worked for engineering design consultancy Morson Projects for many years. The daughter of a French teacher and an art teacher, stress engineer Alison Charles is breaking the family mould with her career at Morson. She’s also proving that you don’t have to work in a traditionally ‘creative’ sector to have a job that involves creative thinking. “I never enjoyed subjects that involved essay writing at school. I always preferred things like maths where the answers were black or white. As a result I studied maths and physics at ‘A’ Level and went to the University of Leeds to do a Mechanical Engineering degree. My friends and family were quite surprised about my choice of degree because I think there’s still a perception that engineering involves getting your hands dirty onsite. In fact, I work in a comfortable office and one of the things I love about my job is that it combines my maths skills with design requirements and a creative approach to finding engineering solutions.” After starting her career with Morson on the aviation engineering team, Alison moved onto an Energy from Waste (EfW) project in Derby as a stress engineer. She is currently working on the decommissioning of Dounreay Nuclear Power Station, calculating the effects of different forces and loads on pipe work to assess how the pipes will respond in a real world installation, specifically considering dynamic effects due to a seismic event. “I’ve been with Morson for six years now and in that time I have worked on three different aircraft and two different pipe stress projects. With lots of nuclear projects on the horizon, there’s plenty of scope for career development as a pipe stress engineer and I’m really enjoying the problem solving, analysis and creative thinking required for the job.” Indeed, Alison enjoys her job in engineering so much that she is keen to encourage other young people to pursue similar career paths, particularly girls. “When I was at university, male students massively outnumbered female students on my course. There were just four female students out of a total of 100! There was a feeling that we had to prove ourselves and, though old-fashioned attitudes to women in engineering are changing gradually, there’s still a lot to be done to alter perceptions and break down stereotypes so that girls feel confident about aiming for a career in engineering and no-one’s surprised about the jobs female engineers do.” Alison is taking an active role in bringing about that culture change. She has been appointed as a STEM ambassador as part of a programme designed to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects, supporting teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications in industry or research. “Around 40 per cent of STEM ambassadors are women because so many women in STEM-based sectors are evangelical about the variety of careers available and the opportunities for young women. I recently attended an International Day of the Girl event at the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester in my capacity as a STEM Ambassador, explaining simple aviation engineering concepts to visitors. Young girls are really engaged and excited about opportunities in engineering and, hopefully, within the next few decades we’ll see much more gender parity in the sector.” Find our more about our work with diversity here

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    The World’s Largest 3D Printed Rocket Engine is Revealed

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ Scottish space firm, Orbex revealed a prototype of the world’s largest 3D printed rocket engine Plans to develop the UK’s first spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland The first test flight is planned for 2021 Scottish space firm, Orbex revealed a prototype of the world’s largest 3D printed rocket engine at the opening of its new headquarters and rocket design facility in Forres in the Scottish Highlands. The company is involved in plans to develop the UK’s first spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland. The rocket is designed to deliver small satellites into Earth’s orbit and the Orbex Prime is a two-stage rocket that is claimed to be 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than any other vehicle in its category. It is also the first commercial rocket engine designed to work with bio-propane, a clean-burning, a renewable fuel source that cuts carbon emissions by 90% compared to fossil hydrocarbon fuels. The completed engineering prototype is made from lightweight carbon fibre and aluminium composite and includes the world’s largest 3D printed rocket engine. Click here to watch the video and find out more Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of Orbex said: “Orbex’s new rocket design facility brings Britain one step closer to having its own domestic commercial launch capability and firmly positions the UK as Europe’s frontrunner for those looking to Earth’s orbit and beyond for new opportunities. The new facility and future spaceport operations will help unlock vast economic and societal benefits not just in Scotland but right across the UK.” The first test flight is planned for 2021 where it will carry out an experimental flight from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. This launch will represent an important first for the UK commercial space industry, demonstrating the UK’s end-to-end launch capability with a UK rocket launching a UK satellite from a UK spaceport. Interested in reading more about rocket engineering? Click here to read about the Bloodhound project. Orbex CEO, Chris Larmour added: “Orbex has been on an incredible journey, largely behind-the-scenes…that is changing today, as we publicly reveal the company’s technical and commercial momentum. Not only do we have a full engineering prototype of the complete Stage 2 of the Prime rocket, but also a growing roster of customers hoping to be among the first to launch satellites from Scotland.” (Image credit: Orbex) Ready for a new challenge and opportunity? Search our latest jobs here. Or if you need a little help along the way, check out our top CV tips here.

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    Morson Donate To Manchester Settlement | 50 Weeks of Giving

    Morson are marking the fourth week of our ’50 Weeks of Giving’ campaign with an additional donation of £3,888 to Manchester Settlement. Manchester Settlement helps, supports and empowers people in the local community to improve their lives, focusing on nurturing children and working with young people to enable them to positively contribute to their wider communities. In December 2018, Morson donated £15,000 to Manchester Settlement to help deliver more bed spaces as part of the Pledge150 campaign launched by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with LandAid. The charity have been looking to provide safe accommodation on Wilfred Street in Manchester for six young people who are at risk of homelessness. According to the Pledge15 campaign, over 80,000 young people in the UK will be homeless this year. The partnership aims to deliver 150 bed spaces to young people in need across the UK. As part of the Morson 50th anniversary local community charity activity for 2019, an additional donation of £3,888 has been made in order to pay for broadband internet packages for the homes for 18 months in total. Ged Mason, CEO of Morson Group, said “Charities that support young disadvantaged or homeless people, like Manchester Settlement, are vital, and it’s important that our industry does it all can to help support them. Stephen and I are delighted the funds raised from Pledge150 will go towards helping such a fantastic local cause to home more of our city’s young vulnerable people and giving them the support they need to live a healthy, happy life.” Manchester Settlement offer an individually tailored package of support which includes help with budgeting, form filling, claiming benefits, introduction to facilities and services, how to be a good neighbour and live independently and successfully in the community. Their experienced support staff also intensively support young people around budgeting, paying bills, accessing education, employment and training. Our '50 Weeks of Giving' programme has seen us provide an individual donation each week to help worthy causes in the region. Coupled with our core annual charity activity, we aim to raise and donate £500,000 in total as we celebrate our 50th year in business. Our core charity activity will see us work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier's Charity. In the last 10 years we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as the Seashell Trust and Destination Florida. To find out more about our commitment to charity, click here

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