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Welcome to Morson Training

Morson Training is an award-winning provider of safety and professional training. We deliver a range of training, assessments, vocational and technical training along with specialist apprenticeships and consultation services across the UK.

Employing pioneering and collaborative approaches, Morson Training add real value to the education process. With our focus on quality and value, we have achieved sole supplier status with major blue-chip national clients such as Network Rail.

We have two dedicated training academies in Manchester and East London, along with the additional capacity to deliver sessions in Scotland, Yorkshire, Surrey and South Wales.  In addition, we have a highly mobile delivery team who can deliver on-site training wherever in the UK our clients need us to.

Introducing the Morson Training eSuite - online training 

With the challenges we are all facing, adaptation is key.

As such Morson Training are pleased to be able to offer fully digital online learning packages. These short yet comprehensive trainer courses can be sat from the comfort of your home or office, without the need for face to face interaction, with most courses able to be completed within around an hour.

All courses are delivered remotely, with 24hr access to the portal. This allows you to undertake the sessions planned at your leisure. Once you have decided what courses you want to attend, select the course, add it to your basket and once payment has been made, a link will be sent to your email address, from here you can log in and begin. Once the session is complete and you have met the requirements for completion, your certificate of achievement will be generated immediately.

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Contact the Morson Training team

Contact our team for more information on our training, apprenticeships or consultancy services.
You can call us on 0161 8367 065  or email training@morson.com
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    Are you making impact hires? Here are the reasons why you should be…

    Hiring for your rapidly growing startup can be both a highly rewarding and an incredibly challenging process. Growing your internal team to add both the capacity and skills to scale up is crucial to your plans for expansion. However, making the right hires to truly impact your developing startup in a positive manner, takes more than just the creation of a checklist of criteria. Recently, Prince Harry was named Chief Impact Officer at BetterUp Inc, a startup based in San Francisco. Whilst this may be a more literal interpretation of an impact hire, his role will still be centered around furthering the coaching and mental health firms wider aims. In his own words, he hopes to achieve “driving advocacy and awareness for mental fitness” and “guiding BetterUp’s social mission and impact.”. Now you don’t need to hire your business a Prince to find your impact hire, but having someone with the same desire to influence your company’s future should be a top priority. Here are the reasons why you should be doing everything you can to guarantee you make high impact hires.Find those future leaders When scaling up your business, you’re looking for those special hires that will make a significant, long term impact. These impact hires often have a specific set of skills or expertise that provide the ability to create a lasting influence within your organisation. Whether they touch on revenue, operations, strategy or other areas of the business, getting the right impact hire will generate the results you need to successfully navigate the scaling up phase and lay the platform for the future success of your business.Develop your company cultureWe all dream of having the perfect company culture that represents our core values. But this is a lot easier to instill and maintain whilst you’re still a relatively new business, but can be more challenging as you scale your business. For those with aspirations of growth and evolution, it should be no surprise that this will have a huge impact on the culture fostered in the early stages of your business. When bringing in new talent, you look for someone who you believe fits in with your core values and will share the same common goals as those already within the organisation. But if you can find the right impact hire, they can not only become a champion for your existing ideologies but can further develop that culture to ensure it remains relevant as your startup becomes an established company.Boost productivity Bringing in a new face that can not only provide an improved performance in their role but raise the level of the team around them is an instant pathway to success. Ultimately, your startups success is dependent on your staff. Without the right team in place, operating at a highly productive level, you will no doubt struggle during the scaling up phase of business. Increase revenueFinally, the number one aim of almost every startup is to increase revenue generation across the business. This will enable further growth and allow your company to hasten its ability to navigate through the scale up phase. Making the right hires will do this, particularly when hiring for those revenue generating roles such as sales and investments. If you can find the perfect individual, who buys into your business model, and has the skills and expertise to sell your business to the right people, you’re on your way to successfully growing your startup. Where do I find impact hires?Scaling up is a challenge. Finding the right talent to build your teams isn’t as easy as placing a job advert online and waiting for the applications to flood in. This is especially true if you’re searching for those high impact hires that will leave a lasting legacy with your company and play a key role in its growth.Here at Morson we understand those challenges. We are innovators with people at our hearts, focused on fulfilling our clients’ recruitment needs, including the most niche and hard to fill roles. We have access to huge sources of talent that you would ordinarily struggle to find.Get in touch with Morson today, so we can work together with you to create lasting value and the competitive advantage you need to succeed.

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    How to become a … Construction Manager

    There is an increasing number of construction manager jobs available in the UK construction industry. If you want to know how to become a construction manager and to see if the role is the right fit for you, read on to find out more.Here at Morson, we are specialist recruiters for the construction industry. Click here to search our latest construction manager opportunities.RATES£40-80kHOT SPOTSHinkley Point C / HS2QUALIFICATIONSHND/HNC, DegreeWhat does a construction manager do?A construction engineer or manager, sometimes referred to as a site manager, is in charge of pretty much everything that occurs on a building site. One of the most senior people to be found on-site, you’ll be expected to oversee and direct the specific operations within a building project. Your day-to-day activities can vary. From hiring staff and going over plans with architects, surveyors and engineers, to planning work schedules, monitoring progress and reporting back to clients. You’ll be the main point of contact on-site, both for subcontractors and the general public. What is a construction manager’s salary?As a construction manager, your salary can vary, depending on the area, project and employer you’re working for. At the start of your career you can expect to earn between £27,000 and £33,000 per year, with this increasing to £40,000 – £60,000 as you gain more experience. Construction managers at the peak of their career, especially senior or chartered managers, can often see their salary go up to £80,000 per year. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need?First and foremost, a successful construction manager needs excellent communication and leadership skills, as you’ll be interacting with a number of different people and need the ability to motivate a team. You’ll also need a good understanding and awareness of health and safety procedures to ensure a safe work environment is maintained.Planning, decision-making and problem-solving skills are essential, in order to handle the day-to-day running of a construction site and to overcome any potential obstacles you may face throughout a project.Maths and IT skills are also important. You’ll need an in-depth knowledge of various building methods and be competent using project management and financial computer software.What qualifications do I need?Construction manager jobs usually need a HND/HNC, a foundation degree or degree in a relevant area, such as building engineering, architecture studies, civil engineering, construction management or construction engineering. You’ll also need to have considerable work experience in the industry.Alternatively, you can apply for a Modern Apprenticeship through the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), after studying a number of subjects such as English, maths, science and technology. You can then study part-time for a HNC/HND.You’ll also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site, and will need to have passed a health and safety test.What are the hours and conditions?You’ll usually work around 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Sometimes you may need to work overtime at evenings or weekends to meet tight deadlines as and when the project requires it. You’ll spend a lot of time travelling between job sites and meeting contractors and clients, so be prepared for long days on the road and time spent away from home.Working on-site can be dusty, noisy and dangerous. A lot of your time will be spent outdoors, meaning you’ll face all manner of different weather conditions.As with any on-site work, you’ll be required to wear protective clothing, such as hardhats, safety boots, ear protection and goggles.Career progressionWith time, experience and additional training, there are a number of opportunities for progression in your career. Some people choose to move into contract management or consultancy, while others move into senior or project management positions. Alternatively, you could move into support services, such as health and safety or building inspection.An excellent way to improve your career progression prospects is to attain chartered status. The Chartered Institute of Building is an industry body that offers a number of different membership options to help you boost your career.Morson are a specialist recruiter for the construction sector. To view all of our current jobs within the industry, click here.

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    Elijah Taylor on Super League debut with Salford, Hull FC preview & more!

    ​Team Morson’s Salford Red Devils began the Super League season with a tough defeat against reigning champions, St Helens this past weekend, but one of the positives to take away was New Zealand international, Elijah Taylor’s Man of The Match winning debut. Taylor spoke exclusively to Morson Sport’s Jamal Niaz about his thoughts on the game and making his first start in the Super League: “I was disappointed about the result obviously, we’ve worked really hard over the past twelve weeks. We had a game plan that we couldn’t execute and it would have been a good game to set the standard for the rest of the season, but we’ve learned a lot from it” He continued: “It was great to make my Super League debut. I’ve been watching Super League since I was 12/13 years old and to finally play my first game was pretty cool” The forward also discussed the main differences he has noticed in the game coming over from the NRL to England: “First of all, the weather is very different! I’m not used to playing in those conditions because it’s usually 38 degrees in Sydney around this time of year. It was a lot more physical than the NRL, that was something I also noticed, even in the pre-season against Wigan I was getting hammered when I had the ball” Salford have continued to gain the attention of the Rugby League world in the past two seasons with eye-catching performances seeing them reach two major finals, and this was something that attracted Elijah to the club: “I got a phone call from Richard Marshall saying that he was interested in signing me, I like the direction the club is going in and he told me I could really help him play his type of footie at the club. I’ve been watching Salford the last two seasons and they’ve looked really good playing in two big finals and I think I can add something coming into the club” Salford next come against Hull FC and Taylor is expecting an equally tough test after their winning start to the season: “I expect another physical game. I know a lot of players in that squad, Josh Reynolds as well, he’s contagious with his energy and enthusiasm. They’ll be up for it as well, they’re coming off a good win over Huddersfield and we’re going to put the training in this week.” Congratulations to Elijah Taylor for being the first Morson Recruit of The Round of the 2021 Super League season for Salford Red Devils and stay tuned for our weekly interviews with Salford’s stars throughout the year!

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    Success after rugby: Morson hosts CV workshop for Sale Sharks

    Morson Talent Attraction and Retention Partner Chelsea Beck-Daniel recently hosted a CV workshop with Premiership rugby club Sale Sharks, co-owned by Morson CEO Ged Mason OBE. Sale Sharks have a long-standing partnership with the business. Our rugby stars showcase the behaviours which Morson champions; teamwork, dedication and the ability to overcome challenges. Our work with them spans beyond sponsorship and enables us to inspire our clients, candidates and employee's as well as give back to the communities in which we work.With the uncertainty surrounding career longevity and the need for many sportspeople to find a career after the final whistle, we recognise the importance of ensuring athletes are best equipped for the future. A key element of this is identifying the transferrable skills that can be carried from the sports field into other careers, as well as providing help with CV formatting and style. This was the inspiration behind launching our CV workshop with Sale Sharks.Chelsea explained why it is vital to give athletes an insight into the working world sooner rather than later:“This initiative was created to help the players begin to think about life after rugby. The majority of these players have gone from education straight into sport and haven’t necessarily had exposure to any other working environments. All they’ve ever known is rugby and if their career was to unfortunately end early for any reason, they may not have much knowledge about writing a CV, how to apply for roles, or ultimately working life outside of the sport. Fundamentally the objective was to set these players up for success post their athletic career, whatever that may look like for them.”The importance of the presentability and layout of the CV was something that Chelsea stressed the importance of:“As a recruiter, when I receive a CV this is ultimately the first impression I get of that individual. I emphasised to the players that presentation and formatting is key – make sure that your CV is easy to read and its contents are relevant to the role that you are applying for. Good spelling and grammar can also go a long way towards making a good impression to a potential employer by demonstrating your attention to detail.”​Success after sportThe adaptability of key skills from the world of sport into the workplace is a key element of the training. While sportspeople may not realise it, traditional sporting skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership are highly sought after traits in the world of business. Translating this into the correct terminology to make their CVs stand out is important:“Athletes have excellent transferable skills and values that they can really utilise in their CVs. For example, instead of saying ‘punctual to all practices’ this can be translated to ‘excellent time management skills’. You can elaborate further to say ‘based on a 40 hours practice week, training, competitions, and even travel’ to demonstrate how you’ve juggled multiple pressures and expectations. When articulated well, recruiters will be able to see how on-the-field skills will translate in the workplace.”Former Sale Sharks star Mark Cueto found himself transitioning from his playing career into his business role within the club he'd served as a player. We spoke to him about this move, and while he admits he lacked the business know-how, he was quick to identify the skills he'd perfected on the pitch that would transition nicely into the boardroom as Commercial Director:"When you’re in rugby you have no idea how transferrable the skills that you’re learning are. A lot of it is really simple. For me, I worried that I wasn’t corporate enough to enter the business world, but a lot of it comes down to what you’ve learnt from rugby. You work hard, you set yourself goals and you have to work well with people – and this has put me in good stead”“When I’m going out getting sponsorship from the club it’s incredible the amount of businesses I speak to who don’t just want an advertising board, they want to be able to bring their staff down to Carrington for our players to give them tips on teamwork and organisation. Essentially marketing and sales strategies are game plans.”​Morson Group is proud to assist Sale Sharks in addressing and planning for the next stage of their players’ careers and look forward to working with them in the future.Take a look at our CV tips to make sure you make the best first impression possible when searching for your next role. Once your CV is in shape, search for your next move with Morson Follow us on Twitter to get the latest sporting news in rugby, boxing, horse racing and more.

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    Construction and Coronavirus: Our strategic MSP partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine

    "Morson have made what has been an extremely tough year into something constructive for us." - Nadeem Mirza, head of resourcing at Sir Robert McAlpine​Over the last four years, we’ve been able to support Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) to develop a fully integrated service model that has enabled them to have full control over the contingent workforce they rely upon across their sites. As Coronavirus hit the UK, we adapted our delivery to ensure the business could remain operational against a truly unforeseen challenge, bringing the value behind our strategic partnership into the spotlight.​Background Morson partnered with Sir Robert McAlpine in 2017 to develop a fully integrated service model, managing the complete supply chain to ensure SRM benefitted from the best available talent on the market. By working closely alongside SRM as a true MSP resourcing partner, we were able to develop insight into its project pipeline, which we utilised to extract highly skilled talent from our network within the built environment to effectively set up relevant talent pools for upcoming ventures. These individuals were mobilised seamlessly, from introduction to appointment, within very short timeframes. Our national infrastructure made us best placed to support SRM in this way, given its needs to quickly dispatch individuals to its sites up and down the country. Through our tailored services, we were able to deliver leading talent, financial control, quality and innovation unlike anything SRM had experienced previously. However, in 2020, our focus shifted. When Covid-19 hit UK shores and began to threaten the productivity of construction sites across the country, our relationship with SRM went beyond contractual agreement; we worked in a true partnership approach to ensure it could achieve as close to business as usual levels of operation as possible, and developed technology and solutions that prioritised the mental and physical health of the SRM team during the most challenging conditions many had ever encountered. Construction and Coronavirus In March of that year, SRM, like many other construction companies, had to demobilise large numbers of contractors extremely quickly due to disruptive changes in the environment. To help support clients facing this obstacle, we initially adapted our own business – rapidly but effectively – in order to ensure we could offer a continuity of service to clients. Despite 97 per cent of our internal workforce working from home, we were able to reimagine agreed strategies to focus on creating solutions for clients that enabled them to remain successful. Having an established MSP in place with SRM, we had visibility of its entire contractor population, which meant we could engage with them efficiently about the overnight impact of the UK lockdown. We played an unequivocally vital role in the communications and processes that were put in place to close sites with almost immediate effect. Within 48 hours of the lockdown announcement, every contractor had been informed of SRM’s updated policy and had exited site, which we made clear was for their own protection, and in compliance with the law. Over the year, as restrictions ebbed and flowed, we worked synonymously with SRM to remobilise its teams to site. We used our in-house reporting technology to inform senior management of its contractor spend on a weekly basis, broken down by region, to enable it to manage costs for the wider business in a delicate financial climate. Having Morson available for 24/7 support also freed up valuable resources amongst leaders who faced pressure in other business areas. Having been selected as the official ‘Northern Recruitment Partner’ in REED’s ‘Keep Britain Working’ movement, part of our role centred on redeploying contractors who found themselves out of work, or in suddenly low demand industries, into those which were in high demand or faced labour shortages to ensure as many of our clients as possible were able to sustain their businesses. As part of our MSP with SRM, we were able to recruit and onboard six suitable contractors in less than 48 hours – all of whom were qualified to the senior specialist skill levels required – at a point when resource became suddenly limited. This ensured there was minimum disruption for SRM and enabled the project to continue at pace. Coordination during continuous changeThroughout our relationship with SRM – but particularly in the year of 2020 and beyond – we have striven to demonstrate that, as a group of people, we go well beyond the scope of services our business offers, making clients and their success our main focus. Nadeem Mirza, head of resourcing at Sir Robert McAlpine, said:“In the last 12 months, our MSP with Morson has completely matured. They are fully engaged with our business; they open up new streams to reach candidates, they understand our culture and processes and even with a higher quality of service are saving us hundreds of thousands of pounds each year compared to previous solutions. When Coronavirus became part of our lives, our partnership with Morson truly came into its own. They achieved in 48 hours what our team would’ve taken at least a week to implement – and they did it when quick action was imperative, never ever making us feel like we were just one of many clients they had to do this for. Our service remained personalised, and we felt a priority, at every step. The term ‘extension of our team’ is used a lot, but it is certainly the case with Morson. Whenever we made an update as a business, they were amongst the first to know and helped us communicate this to our workforce. It has been a truly coordinated effort at a time when we were so physically removed from one another. Covid-19 has been tragic, with a catastrophic impact on so many parts of our lives. A positive we can take is that Morson’s actions have helped our relationship to go from strength to strength. I have direct access to Morson’s leaders as well as my account team, and they have made what has been an extremely tough year into something constructive for us. There is a lot of synergy in how our two businesses are run – that’s what makes it work. I’ve worked with other recruiters who’ve implemented an MSP, but the relationship had no personality. With Morson, I know we have genuine relationships with recruitment professionals.” ​If you would like to find out more about our MSP solution and how we can help your organisation cost save, continuously improve, and transform through talent, get in touch with Morson MSP director, David Lynchehaun at david.lynchehaun@morson.com​

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    Offload: Morson partners with Salford Red Devils' mental health fitness programme

    ​Through February and March we were delighted to partner with Salford Red Devils to virtually deliver their mental fitness and wellbeing programme, Offload, to our Morson Group colleagues.Offload is a mental fitness programme being piloted by three rugby League communities: Salford, Warrington and Widnes. Through a 6-fixture programme, Offload tackles a wide range of topics relating to mental health, including stress management, applying a positive mindset, analysing negative thinking, managing emotions like anger, mindfulness, and building resilience.Heather Deering, Health & Wellbeing Partner for Morson, spoke about the reasoning behind the partnership:The past year has, and continues to be, a truly difficult one for many people, and we want to do our best to provide our colleagues with information to help them build resilience, develop practical coping strategies, and understand how to access further support if they need it. Lockdown and social distancing have meant many avenues of support we’re used to accessing have become unavailable, so we were fortunate that Offload could be delivered just as effectively as an online programme.Delivered by Salford Red Devils Foundation health managers and past and current players who have faced mental health challenges, the sessions examined the challenges players face on and off the pitch and what evidence-based coping strategies they use. Attendees were then taught how to apply and use those techniques in their own lives.The programme has been very well received by our colleagues.“I joined the programme initially to see if I could improve my awareness of mental health support in the hope that I may learn and be able to help others in the future. I found the openness of the presenters welcoming and it encouraged the group to share where appropriate and I feel that I have personally gained a greater level of confidence to support my colleagues, friends and family with their mental health and emotional wellbeing should it be needed.”Morson has been a headline sponsor of Salford Red Devils since 2019.To find out more about Offload, visit the Salford Red Devils Foundation site. To find out about Morson's partnership with Salford Red Devils, follow us on Twitter

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    Campbell Hatton looks ahead to pro-debut on Whyte vs Povetkin II card!

    ​Twenty-year-old Campbell Hatton makes his debut this Saturday on Matchroom’s huge Whyte vs Povetkin 2 card and even though the Super-Featherweight will undoubtedly be compared to his much loved father, Campbell has his heart set on standing on his own in the sport: “Conor Benn is someone who is quite inspirational to myself because he’s been in the exact same position as me with the expectation on him because of who his dad is. He’s not always had it easy and he’s got through things and he’s got to a stage where he’s not thought of as Nigel Benn’s son, he’s his own person and that’s where I want to get to. I don’t think it’ll take me that long to do it, my style’s exciting and I do think people will take to it. I’m going to try and become my own man in the same way that Conor has”  Campbell will be cornered by Ricky and his Uncle, Matthew this weekend and both have enjoyed the brightest lights and the most hometown electric crowds, but Campbell’s entry into the professional ranks will be a bit different from those experiences, fighting in front of a limited audience in Gibraltar. Despite the loss of a Manchester debut, Campbell sees the positives in competing in front of a small crowd: “Walking out in the Manchester Arena in front of 20,000 people cheering, you’re going to be eager to please and put a performance in. I’ve been told by a lot of people leading up to my debut to not worry too much about pleasing people and don’t try too hard to look good. Just go in there and do what you do and people will be impressed anyway, so I think the fact that there won’t be an arena full of screaming fans will mean I’ve got that bit more composure.” Despite being so young, Campbell has already experienced the glitz and glamour of the sport, with a big reveal press conference at Anthony Joshua’s last fight, unveiling his signing with Eddie Hearn live on Sky Sports, and a plethora of interviews, adverts, and documentaries following since. Even though this exposure would seem daunting to many inexperienced fighters in Boxing, this is something that the 20-year-old is taking in his stride: “I’ve always dealt with it quite well, even on my debut it’s on Whyte vs Povetkin 2 on Sky Box Office, but it’ll be the same again and I’ll take it in my stride. Don’t get me wrong I will get nervous, but I use it to my advantage. There’s that many eyes on me, I know I can’t freeze and it makes me want to work that little bit harder because I know I can’t be putting in any bad performances.” Campbell also gave an insight into some of the fights he has witnessed both in the flesh and on the small screen that played a role in inspiring to pursue the sport as a full-time career:“The fights I’ve seen live that I remember are the Crolla vs Linares fights because I was at both of them. The atmosphere at the Manchester Arena for those was something else and to headline there would be a dream come true for me. I watched Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton and that was the same sort of thing. On YouTube I’ve been back and watched my Dad vs Kosta Tszyu and Jamie Moore vs Matthew Macklin as well which were proper wars.”Ricky Hatton was one of the most famous and beloved athletes to sport the well-known Morson cap and now Campbell is proud to follow in the footsteps of those that paved the way before him in the Manchester boxing circuit: “There’s been loads of local lads in the Manchester boxing scene who’ve represented Morson and my Dad’s always said when the time’s right and you want to turn pro, that Morson will look after me and that they’re really good to work with. I made up and glad to carry on the legacy”Ricky Hatton told us what fans can expect from Campbell’s career earlier on this year:“The minute fans see him fight they’ll love his style, the minute they see him do an interview they’ll love his attitude because that’s how me and his mum brought him up; to be confident and humble and proud of his roots. He doesn’t need much coaching because he’s a lot like me anyway, the Manchester fans will love him when they see him because there’s nothing fake about him and ultimately when the name goes he’ll be with his fists and he won’t be found wanting there either” Campbell fights relative unknown Jesus Ruiz live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday night and we at Morson will be showing our full support!

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    In the Court of the Techno-king: The Weird Tech Job Titles of the Future

    ​Elon Musk is certainly no stranger to novelty names. After all, this is a man who called his seventh and most recent child X Æ A-12 Musk, a name which sounds more like the directory listing of a distant star system than the human offspring of a person jostling for the position of wealthiest and most influential alive.The wry humour of the name of his tunnelling company, The Boring Company, appears to have spread into the job titles Musk and his colleagues have adopted elsewhere. Always one to be a little on the eccentric side, it has been announced that his role of Chief Executive at Tesla has evolved into something a little more futuristic: Technoking of Tesla. He’s not the only one in the organisation eschewing the mundanity of ordinary business job titles – his Chief Finance Officer will now be known as the Master of Coin. Straight out of the fantasy world of Westeros from a man helping to build the fantasy world of our future, with more than a little nod towards the company’s billion-pound investment in Bitcoin. Technological advancements like those peddled by Musk through his myriad companies bring with them a potentially huge shift in the jobs landscape. As we hurtle towards greater automation, the rise of artificial intelligence and even space tourism, the name of jobs in technology in the future are set to be very different from those we see now. Here are some of the ones we like: Ethical Technology AdvisorRidley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi film masterpiece Blade Runner, based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, juggles with the philosophical conundrum of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human. Set in the far-flung dystopian future of… um, November 2019, the film highlights the potential ethical quandaries we may face with the development of highly anthropomorphic robot technology. If they are sufficiently human-like and capable of “seeing things you people wouldn’t believe,” does this mean they should be subject to the same ethical guidelines that biological lifeforms are when it comes to things like human rights? Is it ethical to perform experiments with robot technology that thinks, looks and feels like a real person?All these concerns and more could be within the remit of the Ethical Technology Advisors of the future. Still something of a grey area at the moment, it’s easy to envisage a world within the next 20 years where eerily life-like robots begin walking, talking and communicating. It’s over to the ETA’s to sort out that little ethical dilemma.  Robot Liaison OfficerContinuing the same theme, as the ‘more human than human’ robots infiltrate the workplace at an increasing rate, someone with the job of facilitating a symbiotic working relationship between them and their human counterparts could be required. Quite what this would look like is pretty open to interpretation, so watch this space. But it’s a cool-sounding job title, and we think those well-versed in coding would be suitable candidates for this one.​​NostalgistWe like this one. As virtual reality technology follows the broad technological trend of rapid, breathless advancement, so too does its applications. VR technology already has a considerable foothold in the world of gaming and commercially available drones are already being released with VR headset implementation for that real-world escapism.But what about escaping to… the past? It’s predicted that one day the gaming implementation of VR technology will expand to other areas of our lives, and the Nostalgist will provide virtual reality scenes and sounds from a bygone era into your virtual field of view. Perfect for the elderly to escape to.The Black Mirror episode ‘San Junipero’ covers the potentials of this concept nicely – check it out on Netflix. Data DetectiveWeb-sleuths, rejoice! The role of Data Detective would surely be worth it for the title alone. With the Internet of Things almost already here, the data detective’s role would be to bring together all the data end points to generate meaningful answers and recommendations – from sensors, to biometric monitors, to next-gen fog, mesh, edge and neural capabilities. For those who love solving mysteries and pulling together evidence to prove theories, this one would be a sure thing on the dream jobs in technology list. It’s not guaranteed that you would be working to solve actual crimes, but you would still have the word ‘detective’ in your job title, and surely that’s something to hang your deerstalker on?  Scrum MasterNope, not that kind.Scrum Master is one of those futuristic job titles that is actually already with us. Scrum Masters are essentially a special kind of project managers, but with a difference. ‘Scrum’ is a framework that helps teams and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions. Scrum requires a Scrum Master to foster an environment where:A Product Owner orders the work for a complex problem into a Product Backlog.The Scrum Team turns a selection of the work into an Increment of value during a Sprint (a fixed length of working time)The Scrum Team and its stakeholders inspect the results and adjust for the next Sprint.Repeat.The Scrum framework is purposefully incomplete, only defining the parts required to implement Scrum theory. Scrum is built upon by the collective intelligence of the people using it (much like the rugby-based equivalent). Rather than provide people with detailed instructions, the rules of Scrum guide their relationships and interactions. This is where the Scrum Master role differs from your average Project Manager. The name was initially intended to indicate someone who is an expert at Scrum and can therefore coach others. The role does not generally have any actual authority. People filling this role have to lead from a position of influence, often taking what is known as a servant-leadership stance.And you definitely don’t have to get muddy.​We’re looking forward to seeing what the future jobs in technology look like. If you share our excitement, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To search our latest jobs in technology, click here.

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    Wild Bat Handlers Wanted: The weird and wonderful world of ecology

    ​There are few jobs quite like that of an Ecologist. They study for years to become highly respected experts in their field, developing an extensive knowledge of organisms and their environments. But ask them what they have done on any given working day and the answers can range from working in a lab studying data all day, to spending their time climbing trees and caves to inspect wild bat colonies. They could even be on our coastlines researching the impacts of pollution on marine life. There aren’t many jobs out there that can compete when it comes to variety.So, what does an Ecologist do?Strictly speaking, Ecologists study ecosystems and the behaviour, diversity and abundance of organisms within them. But that doesn’t paint the entire picture. They are bastions of the environment. They protect all the environmental wonders that we have and educate us as to how we can maintain and even grow existing ecosystems. Ultimately the goal of ecologists is the continuous learning and understanding of how nature works, to help minimise the effects of our activities on other species and the planet. As with most careers, there will be highs and there will be lows but as ecology develops we can shift the balance in favour of those highs.Great SuccessEcologists have been responsible for a number of achievements within the natural world but there are a few standout accomplishments. One of the most famous examples of ecological success can be seen in the worlds Ozone layer. Many of us will remember the continued dire warnings in the news about the Ozone hole and the destruction of our atmospheric shield due to the increasing use of ozone-depleting substances such as CFCs and halocarbon refrigerants.But why don’t we hear much about this impending disaster anymore? A huge political effort worldwide has led to the phasing out of ozone-destroying agents. Thanks to the efforts of ecologists, politicians and activists, the hole has ceased growing and has in fact begun to reduce to the point that in 2019 NASA scientists declared that the ozone hole is at its smallest since it was first observed in 1982.Ecologists jobs in the UKWhilst the UK isn’t known for its tropical climates we still have a vast biodiverse population and wide range of ecosystems that will benefit from increased study and further protection. Currently, as our population continues to grow and we look for innovative engineering feats to improve our everyday lives, we often forget to step back and analyse the impact this can have on our native biosphere. But this is the job of the Ecologist. To step back from the noise and analyse the scientific data to best address the concerns and impacts all of this innovation can have. Currently at Morson, we are looking for licensed bat worker, to support ECoW work with a bat licence who are able to support HS2 Ecology Contracts on a regular basis. It’s fair to say this isn’t your usual 9 to 5 role. But a role that certainly matches the position held by the British Ecological Society, “We are committed to making the best scientific evidence accessible to decision-makers.”Search our latest ecology roles here

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    Teesside plant to build giant GE wind blades

    ​GE Renewable Energy has confirmed plans to build a new blade manufacturing facility in Teesside. The plant is scheduled to open in 2023 and will be operated by GE’s subsidiary, LM Power and will manufacture 107m long blades for GE’s Haliade-X. This is claimed to be the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, a single rotation able to generate enough to power UK a home for two days. The project will employ up to 750 people directly, with an additional 1,500 jobs being supported indirectly across the region. The plant will be located on Teesworks, an ideal location to serve the vast offshore wind potential of the North Sea. Jerôme Pécresse, president and CEO of GE Renewable Energy: “This new plant will contribute to the development of an industrial cluster dedicated to offshore wind in the North East of England. We are delighted to announce such a commitment for the renewable energy industry, we believe it will help develop a strong talent pool through the hiring and more importantly training of future colleagues. The UK’s target to commission 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 is ambitious and requires that we invest in local production capabilities to accompany this effort.” Dogger Bank Wind Farm project director, Steve Wilson: “We’re incredibly proud to say Dogger Bank Wind Farm is the anchor project for the blade facility announcement by GE today. Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a world-leading development pushing the boundaries of offshore wind development and playing a key role in delivering the ambition to increase UK supply chain capacity and capability. Through our turbine supply order with GE, the Dogger Bank project is the catalyst for this important GE investment in Teesside, harnessing skills and expertise in the local area and delivering long-term benefits in the UK’s offshore wind sector.” ​Morson is a leading recruiter in the energy sector. Search our latest jobs in energy here

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    Morson Group shortlisted for Agency of the Year and Recruitment Outsourcing award at 2021 Recruiter Awards

    ​Morson Group has been shortlisted in two categories at the prestigious industry Recruiter Awards 2021!Following on from last years’ double shortlisting, Morson has been selected for Large Recruitment Agency of the Year (100+ employees) and Outstanding Outsourced Recruitment Organisation.The Recruiter Awards gala is the UK’s largest event for the entire recruitment community. It recognises outstanding achievements by agencies and in-house recruiters. Achievements in recruitment marketing and technology are also spotlighted at the event.In choosing the shortlist for Outstanding Outsourced Recruitment Organisation, the judges look to businesses who have achieved outstanding success for their clients when conceiving, developing, and implementing recruitment management strategies, as well as demonstrating financial stability, profitability and business innovation. Notice was also given to how the recruiter enhanced the client’s employer brand and the added-value partnerships.Our submission highlighted a relationship with a large construction client during the first coronavirus pandemic lockdown in 2020.Having a managed service in place with the construction client, we had visibility of their entire contractor population, meaning we could engage with them efficiently about the overnight impact of the UK lockdown. We played an unequivocally vital role in the communications and processes that were put in place to close sites with almost immediate effect. Within 48 hours of the lockdown announcement, every contractor had been informed of their updated policy and had exited the site, which we made clear was for their own protection, and in compliance with the law. Over the year, as restrictions ebbed and flowed, we worked synonymously with the client to remobilise its teams to site and used our in-house reporting technology to inform the client of its contractor spend on a weekly basis, broken down by region, to enable it to manage costs for the wider business in a delicate financial climate. Having Morson available for 24/7 support also freed up valuable resource amongst senior managers who faced pressure in other areas of the business. Morson was also shortlisted for Large Recruitment Agency of the Year. In a year of great change, both for Morson and the world around us, our relationships went beyond simply contractual agreements in 2020. We worked in a true partnership approach to ensure that our clients could achieve as close to business as usual levels of operation as possible but also provided a suite of services which enabled them to prioritise the mental and physical health of their workers. Understanding the pressures our clients were facing to keep their businesses functional, we opted to make our suite of wellbeing and mental health services readily available to all – and free up extra resource within their companies to focus in other areas. As well as supplying those who required it with the Fit For Work app and OFQUAL training courses, we also conducted workplace safety audits, where our in-house HSQE team visited client environments to check they were operating in-line with Covid-19 compliance and regulation. Knowing that isolation and distancing created a gulf in the physical contact levels people have always been used to, we selected tactics that would replicate the face-to-face contact many craved during the lockdown. Video blogs, webinars and focus sessions conducted via Zoom on topics such as resilience, how to eat well and how to implement exercise to boost wellbeing improved collaboration between teams, enabled us to embed into our clients’ businesses and our content became a source of comfort for many.Morson goes up against Amberjack, Seven Search & Selection and Talent Works in the category of Outstanding Outsourced Recruitment Organisation. Among the businesses shortlisted in Large Recruitment Agency of the Year include NES FIrcroft, La Fosse Associates and Proman.The Recruiter Awards took place virtually in 2020 owing to the continuing restrictions. The 2021 awards evening will return to a physical event in 2021 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London on Thursday 23rd September.Click here to search our latest jobs

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    ​The 4-letter-word in business… luck

    Luck in Western business culture is often considered to be a dirty four-letter-word. But the truth is that fortune plays a part in every success story – and every failure. Many successful people acknowledge that luck is a factor in business, including Sir Richard Branson. In his autobiography, Losing My Virginity, he says: "To be successful, you have to be out there; you have to hit the ground running. And if you have a good team around you - and more than a fair share of luck - you might make something happen."In Eastern culture, luck is taken seriously. There is tremendous diversity in people’s attitudes toward luck in the East, but there are also many constants. The symbolic architecture in China for example has several examples which pertain to luck and business. Most notably, certain numbers signify wealth, prosperity, success, and longevity. The luckiest numbers are six (good for business), eight (representing wealth and prosperity), and nine (meaning long-lasting). The number eight is a particularly potent symbol because its pronunciation is a homonym for “prosperity/to get rich”. A prestigious address in the UK can be important for UK businesses, but the Chinese put as much importance on telephone numbers. When observing a business card a Chinese business person will focus on the numbers. The more 8s there are in a telephone number, the higher the perceived status of the company.A number 8 in the postal or telephone code of an area can positively boost sales to Chinese buyers. Monterey Park in California, now known as the “Chinese Beverley Hills” was successfully developed by Fred Hsieh. The key marketing tool? The area had telephone code 818.So, should we take luck seriously?Chengwei Liu, Professor of Strategy and Behavioural Science at ESMT Berlin, has spent several years researching extraordinary performance in the world of business and concluded that often luck is mistaken for skill. Instead of learning from “great firms” and trying to imitate the most successful people and organisations, Liu's research suggests that the more exceptional success is, the less we can learn from them because moving from “good to great” often requires luck by being in the right place at the right time.A great example of Liu's theory is an anecdote from entrepreneur Will King, founder of King of Shaves, in which he connects the sources of success and the role that luck plays."Napoleon was once famously asked: 'Would you prefer courageous or brilliant generals?' He replied: 'Lucky ones'. Of course, luck plays a part in success, being at the right place, at the right time, with the right product certainly helps, but you also need the strategy. Of course, people who work hard get the chance to open more doors than others, and you never know who or what might be standing behind the next door…"Luck played a part in King of Shaves' growth, especially in the early 1990s. The internet was in its infancy and we were able to snaffle the web address shave.com for just $35! There were 'only' two competitors in our market space - Gillette and Colgate Palmolive - I'd no idea there was so few. I always regarded KMI (the company I founded to market King of Shaves) as a 'lucky' company, something always came along that kept us ahead of the rest."Success comes from many sources, but entrepreneurs usually hold themselves primarily responsible. After all, if they hadn't started it up, there'd be nothing to get lucky with. But, entrepreneurs must keep a sense of perspective of their 'genius'. Some are happy to tell you all about when they've not been so lucky (or even failed), which gives an important context to what success looks like. Some unluckiness - aka failure - will help you to become lucky - aka successful."In his latest book ‘Go Luck Yourself’ author and brand strategist, Andy Nairn, contends that organisations spend too much time trying to reduce the role of chance and not enough encouraging serendipity. Drawing on everything from architecture to zoology and almost 30 years working with some of the most successful companies on the planet, the book reveals a series of thought-provoking, luck-induced strategies and explores the power of luck in building a brand.As one of the world's most respected brand strategists and a founder of one of the UK's most successful creative agencies, Lucky Generals, he’s sharing his luck with others, donating his royalties for Go Luck Yourself to Commercial Break: an organisation that helps working-class kids get a lucky break into the creative industries.​Is it possible to capitalise on luck?So, if success is down to luck should I even try? Yes, as the above examples have proven, luck is much more than being ‘lucky’.“Chance favours the prepared mind,” as Louis Pasteur, the French chemist, once wrote. Luck and timing can be an important part of the success of any company. Good and bad luck affects everyone, but only some can maximise the return on luck. Indeed, you can increase the chances of luck shining on your business by changing your thoughts and behaviours to get better results; uncover your organisation’s hidden treasures, spot opportunities in unexpected places and turn misfortune into good fortune. Here are 4 actionable tips to let luck into your life: Maximize each opportunity: Lucky people go out and look for additional possibilities to make things happen. Don’t bet the success of your business on a single action or decision. And don’t invest your company's future on one product, employee or customer. The more chances you have for success; the more times you can be successful. Make small, patient decisions. Learn what you can from the results, and then take another action. This can also help minimise the damage of a failure and may allow you to learn from each result. Listen to your gut: Lucky people tend to sharpen, then act on their intuitions. Unlucky people likely don't trust themselves or their actions. Developing intuition is about honing a skill in a certain area to see patterns that others miss. It takes diligent practice over a long period of time.Expect luck: People who think they're lucky and successful may have more of an opportunity for it to end up that way. This is because they optimistically focus on a victorious outcome. In Earl Nightingale’s book, The Strangest Secret, he emphasised that “we become what we think about.” In business, if you focus on being afraid of not making a sale, you probably won’t make that sale. If you're pessimistic, your actions can become invested in failure rather than success. In fact, according to research led by Lysann Damisch of the University of Cologne in Germany, wishing someone luck can improve their chances of success.Optimise misfortune: You will likely fail some of the time. Whether this is due to wrong actions, insufficient training, poor timing or just plain bad luck isn't important. What is key is to learn what you can from failure right now, move on to take another action that can give you an additional chance of success.Finally, remember when all else fails, do what movie producer Samuel Goldwyn claimed: “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”​

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