Morson Vital Training delivers professional training programmes for individuals working in the UK’s rail industry. This includes training and assessments for apprentices, rail operatives and managers. We understand our responsibilities in addressing the national skills shortage and actively work with our clients to build diverse, long-term talent pipelines.
Morson Vital Training is the only holder of the NSAR Platinum Training Provider Award. The platinum award is recognition of our best in class standard; MVT demonstrated an exceptional commitment to sharing best practice within the training community, and leaders within the business are seen as acting as role models for integrity, social responsibility and ethical behaviour both internally and externally.
What we offer:
As the UK’s first and only “platinum” level training provider, MVT stand for more than just a solution to training needs. With dedicated training and assessment specialists with skills ranging from PTS right through to SPICOP and machine operation and controllers, we offer an all-encompassing service that stands for quality above all else.
MVT’S London operation offers a truly unique service as one of the UK’s only externally accredited training provider of TFL based training. The centre incorporates a fully accredited and approved training facility that combines both a theoretical learning environment and a proactive training area. Here our delivery team offer an exclusive opportunity for a reactive and customer focused training solution. MVT has an ever growing portfolio of delivery, making it the UK’s fastest growing training provision in rail.
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MVT offer the ability to enhance your current workforce whilst creating the necessary skilled talent pool for the future of the industry. With national vocational training and assessment provision, MVT are able to offer fully funded training solutions to meet the needs of any growing workforce. Also, as an approved register of apprenticeship training provider (Roapt) alongside the City and Guilds approved centre, all training and assessment is fully assured and of the highest quality.
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As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we spoke to Charlie Moore, a young recruitment professional currently undergoing his apprenticeship at Morson in association with Recruitment Juice. We also spoke to his recruitment mentor and programme manager Ginny Mappley about working with Charlie and what he can expect to take away from the course. “Before I joined Morson I was a professional joiner so I was out on site doing domestic commercial work - fit outs and any kind of trade work we could get. Then I came in and started in recruitment.” Ginny has been advising and mentoring Charlie through the programme. She speaks to us about her background: “I primarily deliver recruitment qualifications, so apprenticeship standards at levels two and three. The level two is a recruitment resourcer programme and the level three is to develop recruitment consultants. I’ve been working with Charlie for about six months and developing his knowledge, skills and behaviours in recruitment processes. We’re delivering the certificate in recruitment practice and knowledge that he needs to know in order to pass his REC exam.” An apprenticeship was something that Charlie was immediately interested in doing when Morson offered it to him. “I focus on manufacturing now, but I do also do some facilities management too so it’s straddling across both. Previously I’d learned on the job, so I hadn’t had any training whatsoever. It’s something that was quite different so when I came into Morson it was suggested straight away and offered out to us so that was a really big change as well. Ginny speaks about the format of the course: “We’re also delivering coaching and developmental feedback following assessments of him carrying out work through observations and also knowledge questions that he’s been answering in relation to particular units he’s been doing for the NVQ.” The format of the course has been something that has impressed Charlie so far: “One of the better things I’ve found about the course is the fact that it’s all online. When you’re doing your day-to-day job you don’t want to be flicking through all sorts of papers and doing exams and things so the fact that it’s all online, really accessible is great. Any physical hardware we use can also be accessed online too. All the training I’ve received so far has been really good and really in-depth. Even though I’d done recruitment in the past it opened up a lot of new angles for me to go at. Things I hadn’t considered before too so it’s helped me in the day-to-day job, not just with completing the course.” We're committed to providing top talent with the tools and skills they need to succeed through apprenticeships and further training. Find out more here or search our latest jobs hereFind out more
Ever thought of making a drastic career change? It may sound daunting to some but Jennifer Fairclough, Credit Controller at Morson has done just that with the help of Morson’s Apprentice scheme. After finishing college, Jen enrolled on her first Apprenticeship at a small manufacturing firm making trainers. But when the opportunity to join Morson as an Apprentice Credit Controller came up, she couldn’t say no! Over the past two years, Jen has completed her Apprenticeship and now works as a Credit Controller with a certificate in Credit Management. We sat down with Jen to find out more about her inspiring journey from trainers to tenners… Did you have any previous experience in working in Finance before your Apprenticeship? “I didn’t have any experience in Finance before starting with Morson but along the way, I’ve had a lot of support from managers and team members in the business. I’ve sat down with colleagues from other teams such as compliance to work out how their role ties in with Credit Control too. Everyone has been really helpful and encouraging of my learning.” How would you summarise the training that you’ve received? “The training I have received from my manager has been amazing, they have given their time up to help me and build my confidence up to enable me to work to my best ability. This support, alongside the course, has developed my knowledge and allowed me to progress at Morson.” We asked Jen if she could describe a typical day at Morson: “There’s no such thing as a typical day in Credit Control! My role is ensuring all debt is collected and paid on time. I have to be proactive in my role ensuring clients have received all invoices and dealing with any queries they have as they arise. I also have to raise applications, manage cash allocations and raise any manual invoices needed – so it’s definitely varied!” What would you say to anyone looking to enrol on an Apprenticeship or maybe embark on a career change? “I would recommend an Apprenticeship because you complete a qualification whilst working within the role. It’s allowed me to identify any strengths, weaknesses and most of all develop my skills. Learning whilst you work means you can put the theory that you learn into practice straight away and continue to develop your skills on the job whilst being paid.” What are your plans for the future? “I’d really like to complete the next level Apprentice in Credit Control and continue to learn more. You have nothing to lose doing an Apprenticeship at Morson and with the industry-changing all the time you can always develop further.” If a career as a Credit Controller sounds perfect for you, listen up! We’re recruiting for a new Credit Control Apprentice to join a growing team at Morson’s head office in Manchester. Click here to apply and start your journey.Find out more
To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we swap recruiters for apprentices in our regular series, Recruiters In Cars Getting Coffee, and speak to Group Training Director Matthew Leavis and Senior Marketing Executive Ben Taylor about their respective apprenticeship experiences. Matthew Leavis has been with Morson since 2013, setting up and growing the Morson Training division. Starting his career as a rail apprentice, along the course of his career has undertaken a wealth of additional training to help develop his career. Ben started at Morson in 2017 as a Graphic Designer and in late 2019 started a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship to further develop his career within the business. Ben: All my qualifications in the past have been in design. I got my degree in Graphic Design as well as a BTEC in Graphic Design. Matt: What made you want to go back and study for an apprenticeship at this stage of your career? Ben: I wanted to become a bit more 360 to be honest. I want to work my way up in marketing and obviously to do that you can’t just be a graphic designer. You need to have a 360 view of things. Digital Marketing is a lot more analytical than what I do at the moment which is more creative. It’s completely new for me but I’m really enjoying it so far. Matt: Well I started with Morson in 2013 and it was all around apprenticeships. I came onboard to do some specific work around rail engineering apprentices, and it gave me a real passion for working with apprentices and apprenticeships in general. I think it’s an interesting route to education. Ben: One thing I would say is I’m taking the apprenticeship much more seriously than I ever did my degree. It’s probably because I can see how I’m using the skills I’m learning on a day-to-day basis. I passed my exam in November with a high pass rate and I’ve just passed my first project in my portfolio. The actual apprenticeship ends in September and then I have an entrance to work exam to demonstrate that everything I’ve done in the apprenticeship is going to apply in the day job. Matt: We as a Group have such a passion for and a commitment to apprenticeships that I think your story is going to be one of many in the future, in terms of someone with an established skillset wanting to develop and learn more on the job. I think that’s what new apprenticeship standards are all about. I did my Batchelors degree at Manchester Metropolitan University through the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship and the great thing about management apprenticeships is that you get to take that knowledge from the classroom and bring it straight back into work to apply it. At Morson, we’ve got a wide range of apprentices across the Group both at entry level roles, new entrants to the business but also people like you Ben and myself who’ve been in the company for a few years. Ben: It’s not that I think I’ve done everything in the graphic design world because that’s constantly evolving and changing, a bit like fashion, and it’s a passion I do outside of work as well. But whilst I was in work I wanted to push myself a bit further. Matt: Being Group Training Director now, there’s a lot of responsibility to look at how we as an organisation are approaching learning and development, training, apprenticeships and education in general. I think having come along the route that I have, it’s really beneficial because we can have conversations like this and see the value. Visit Morson Training to find out more about our award-winning training division. To find your next role, take a look at our live jobs hereFind out more
Over the past week, we have featured some of our best and brightest Morson apprentices ranging from marketing to credit control and recruitment. We caught up with Karen who works in our Payroll department to find out more about her Payroll apprenticeship journey, her current role and why she would recommend apprenticeships to others. Morson’s Payroll Department Within Morson’s Payroll department we employ 50 people who are evenly split over five teams, each of which requires different skills. Contractor Care Team - deal with onboarding and ongoing support for our contractors. Contracts Team - manage the processing of contractor contracts. Payroll Team - pay all manual timesheets and are responsible for the ongoing statutory requirements associated with processing payroll. Expenses Team - a dedicated function with specialist knowledge of the payment of contractor expenses. Payroll and Billing - process all our high-volume payroll and invoicing files, intermediate to advanced excel skills are required to work in this team. In addition to these teams we also have three senior people within our department who deal with individual specialist areas; a Systems Developer, a Systems and Process Improvement Specialist and a New Client Implementation Manager. Karen chats about her Payroll Apprenticeship… Karen has worked at Morson for over six years, enrolling on the Payroll Apprenticeship scheme after the opportunity came about in 2019. “We all received an email asking if we would be interested in doing an Apprenticeship through Morson. I’ve always thought I would like to get a qualification in Payroll, so I put my name forward to get more information about it and I haven’t looked back since.” Like any department, technology is always changing, with new systems coming into play all the time. “In the payroll department, we embrace the use of technology, especially in our specialist payroll and invoicing team which deals with our largest clients. The Apprenticeship that I’m doing helps us to stay up to date with the systems and learn new things on the job. I think that going forward a lot of people coming into Payroll will be more interested in doing an Apprenticeship as new processes and systems come about.” Experience has shown that a Payroll team servicing contractor payroll in a recruitment company is a different prospect to a payroll team in other companies. We like to think of our Payroll department as a Service Delivery Team rather than just a Payroll team, this requires a different mindset and skillset, so we often find it works better for us to train our staff in house. Therefore, the Apprenticeship Scheme is perfect for our needs. Karen said: “I’m loving learning new things on my Apprenticeship and it’s going really well for me so far. My hopes for the future are to continue to learn new things and develop within Payroll.” Mark Poncia, Morson’s Learning, Development and Apprenticeship Partner discusses the importance of Payroll Apprenticeships: “Company staff engagement and longevity of service is very important to us with two of our current department managers having 37 years’ service each after starting their career on the YTS scheme at the age of 16. It’s very important that we ensure that all our staff are trained to the highest standards. I feel the Payroll Apprenticeship is the perfect vehicle to train our staff whilst also taking into account the niche requirements of our industry. I am hopeful that the department will continue to flourish and diversify as we deal with different client profiles. We can, however, only do this if we continue to develop our people and ensure that they have the necessary skills to deal with the ever-changing environment of Payroll.” Interested in learning more about Morson Apprenticeships? Click here. Alternatively, you can search for all opportunities with Morson by clicking here.Find out more
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we spoke to Charlie Moore, a young recruitment professional currently undergoing his apprenticeship at Morson in association with Recruitment Juice. In the second part of our interview, we ask Charlie to break down an average day at Morson as a recruitment apprentice and talk about why an apprenticeship was the right route for him. “On a usual day at Morson we’ll come in, check our advert responses, get all of your admin work out of the way at the beginning of the day. Then we’ll crack on with sales, engaging with candidates and also speaking with clients where we can, just trying to be the network link between the two.” “It’s really varied and never usually the same. There are client visits one day, meeting candidates the next day and the day after that you could be fully sourcing a job and in the office.” “We’ve learned through a few different ways, it’s not one specific method. Things like quizzes, which seem to stick with me more than just watching a video so it’s good that there are a few angles to learn through.” “The main reason I wanted to complete the recruitment apprenticeship is just for having the qualification and having a bit of a background. Learning the processes too. In recruitment in general there is a lot of legality surrounding it, in terms of discrimination so that’s particularly useful to know. This course has definitely given me a bigger perspective on things like that.” “If you work with a recruitment company or any company for that matter and they offer you a opportunity to learn on the job through an apprenticeship I’d say grab the opportunity with both hands. There’s no cost incurred to yourself or anything like that and it’s more strings to your bow and another thing that you can add to your CV.” We're committed to providing top talent with the tools and skills they need to succeed through apprenticeships and further training. Find out more here or search our latest jobs hereFind out more
To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we swap recruiters for apprentices in our regular series, Recruiters In Cars Getting Coffee, and speak to Group Training Director Matthew Leavis and Senior Marketing Executive Ben Taylor about their respective apprenticeship experiences. Matthew Leavis has been with Morson since 2013, setting up and growing the Morson Training division. Starting his career as a rail apprentice, along the course of his career has undertaken a wealth of additional training to help develop his career. Ben started at Morson in 2017 as a Graphic Designer and in late 2019 started a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship to further develop his career within the business. In part two, they discuss the pros and cons of the ILM course and the real tangible benefits of choosing the apprenticeship route over a traditional degree. Matt: About two years into working at Morson I did a Level 3 Apprenticeship with ILM, the Leadership & Management course. It was my first look into studying leadership and management, motivational theory, those sorts of things. As a business unit leader building a team around me, I did think it was important to get that knowledge and understanding. I did it over an 18-month period. It was a really good experience and from that I looked at the Level 5 programme. Then the Apprenticeship Levy got introduced to try and incentivise organisations to put existing staff through further education. Ben: It’s interesting that you should mention the ILM because that was suggested to me at first, but for me that didn’t feel right. I wasn’t really looking to go into leadership and management. As I said about all apprenticeships, make sure it’s the right thing for you to do. For me I would much rather have the skill in digital marketing to make myself more rounded. Then, if I wanted to go up into management, I’d look at the ILM. At this stage, it seemed silly to go into management when I didn’t know what all the team was doing. Matt: See, when I was doing the ILM, I was already managing the team and thought that maybe some of the skills I might have lacked were some of the more leadership-focused interpersonal skills, coming from an operational background. I was a welding engineer by trade with Network Rail. I worked for them for 11 years. They have a good background in helping people progress and promoting from within. I spent months in their training schools but from there I wanted to do more. I’ve always been ambitious. The skills you can transfer are passion and enthusiasm and I certainly had those. It’s probably the engineer in me that’s helped because I always want to know how things work. Ben: Yeah absolutely. Like taking apart toys when you’re a kid. I used to do that. Matt: One of the biggest things for me is that affirmation of what you’re doing. How long did you have to wait before you could apply what you were doing in a degree? Ben: While I was doing my degree, I was always doing freelance graphic design on the side. I still didn’t get a job in marketing. Morson was my first job in marketing. When I finished university, I took six months out for a gap year travelling and after I got back I worked in a call centre for two years. It was still two years before I could apply myself. I’ve always loved freelance but it’s very different from working in a corporate business. The skills I’ve learned from Morson have included working with people and working within a corporate business. Even the way you speak to people, how you structure an email! Matt: I really do hope that going forward we can only increase the number of apprentices that we have and the number of qualifications we can do. I can only see it going up. Visit Morson Training to find out more about our award-winning training division. To find your next role, take a look at our live jobs hereFind out more