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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:

  •  Network of 12 rail safety trainers and over 40 health and safety trainers and advisors.
  • Eight training centres around the UK; Manchester, Glasgow, Canning Town, Farnham, Chelmsford, Aylesford, Doncaster and Bristol.
  • UK’s number one training provider as awarded by the National Skills Academy.
  • Network Rail training provider.
  • Selection of courses to choose from, including rail specific courses such as PTS, PICOP, and COSS, to general health and safety courses such as first aid, fire marshall, manual handling.
  • Mobile e-learning facilities.
  • Both classroom facilities, and outside space with fully functional, multipurpose track layout.
  • Fully Link Up approved and members of the association of railway training providers ltd.

Network Rail

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.

Transport for London

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.

For further information download our latest TfL & MVT Flyer.

Apprenticeships & Traineeships

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.

For more information or to contact us call: 0161 836 7000 


Why Morson Vital Training?

Additional NEET support  •  NSAR platinum trainer award  •  ROAPT approved training provider 
Bespoke training programmes    •   Innovative online training support   •   Network Rail preferred supplier for track safety
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    Q&A – High Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship

    We had a quick chat with James Adshead, a Power Apprentice at Morson Projects. We wanted to find out what attracted him to engineering, why he chose an apprenticeship and how it’s going six months in. What attracted you to engineering? I was initially attracted to engineering during school when I started my search for a career path I wanted to follow. I decided to allocate a lot of my time to try and experience what a career in engineering would be like, as I found the entire process of everything from the initial designs and briefs to final manufacture of components and assembly fascinating. When I was completing my EES award In College my favourite aspect of the award was when I had the opportunity to design a solution to a problem from scratch taking into account a variety of factors and to a high level of detail. After completing some extra curricular activities like this throughout my time in High School and college I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in engineering. Why did you choose an Apprenticeship? I chose an Apprenticeship rather than university because I wanted to get into industry as soon as I could. I would be able to work with a company whilst also furthering my educational qualifications and gaining years of experience at the same time in my field of work. What has your experience of an apprenticeship been? So far it has been fantastic, I have been at Morson Projects for six months now and I’ve been able to spend time on Ematics helping out with the Drax job whereas now I am spending some time back on the Low Voltage section doing work for one of our customers Electricity North West. Even though I am yet to complete my first year of my apprenticeship I have learnt so much and my skills have been expanded more than I thought they would. For example, I am becoming much more efficient and accurate when using CAD and also learning so much about the industry. Tell us abit about the industry you’re currently working in… The electrical power industry covers the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power. There are several different teams here on the power section and I am currently working in the Low Voltage section. The Low voltage section deals with anything up to 132KV and works with client companies such as ENW. One of the things the LV department deals with is fitting protection to certain circuits and replacing switchgear. There is also a High Voltage section that deals with higher voltages above 132KV and also the Primary Layouts section that deal with the design, installation and site support for HV equipment required for HV substations and switchgear. Would you recommend an apprenticeship to others? I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone looking to get into engineering – the experience you gain on the job is invaluable and you get to study towards qualifications that aid your career part time. It gives you a step into industry and a fantastic foundation to build all your skills and knowledge throughout the apprenticeship duration aswell as further into your career. Inspired? Want to make your idea into a career? Well, read how two of our young engineers turned their dreams into reality through apprenticeships. Subscribe to the Blog If you enjoy our content, fill out the form below and you will kept up to date with our latest blogs! Name* Email Address* Which topics do you enjoy reading on the blog? jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 13) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [13, 1]) } );

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    Our Apprentice of the Year Chats About Routes to Employment

    As it’s National Apprenticeship Week we thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with our Apprentice of the Year, account apprentice Jodie Groom, who works at Morson’s sister company Morson Projects. She talks about why accounting apprenticeships are a great route into employment, no matter what age you are. What attracted you to Morson Projects/accounts? I was initially attracted to Morson by the strong reputation of the company. It is a friendly environment, supports charities and accommodates the needs of its staff. I was then attracted to joining the accounts team as my sister is an accountant, so I learnt a few things from her prior to starting at Morson. This inspired me to start my journey and accounting career by achieving each level of education whilst working in an accounting environment. Why did you choose an apprenticeship? I chose an apprenticeship because you can learn your trade academically but then you are able to put the skills you learn into practice in a working environment and expand on the knowledge you learn at college. As I am 18 years old, it helps that I get a wage as well as working and learning. If I just attended a college full time I would then have to get a part-time job alongside which may be too much and hinder my learning process. What has your experience of an apprenticeship been? I have enjoyed my experience so far as being an apprentice as I have worked in a team of accounts which has helped me expand on my skills and knowledge that I have learnt at college on evenings and weekends. I am enjoying my studies at Kaplan Finance in Manchester as the tutors are keen and willing to help as much as possible to ensure their students pass. Tell us a bit about what you have learnt so far… Considering I have only been studying for 7 months I feel I have learnt a fair amount about the basics. I am currently studying my AAT Level 2 in accounting and Finance. I have covered topics such as: Bookkeeping Transactions Bookkeeping Controls Elements of Costing Sage One Accounting System I am awaiting a few results back then I can complete my synoptic unit and sit my final exam to complete my Level 2 and move onto completing my Level 3 AAT Course. Would you recommend accounting apprenticeships to others? Yes, I would definitely recommend accounting apprenticeships to anyone who is intrigued to learn something new, no matter what age you are. You can get a full education as well as putting it into practice on the job, in a working environment. Morson are champions of apprenticeships, we believe they are a fantastic way to both get young people into employment and help professionals transition into new careers. Read more about our pledge to maintain a minimum of 5% of our workforce enrolled in apprenticeship schemes across our business. Want to find out more about the apprenticeships Morson offer? Email our Head of HR becki.ross@morson.com

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    Apprentice Stars Slot into Canning Town Gangs

    Upskilling the next generation of rail talent is a core objective for Morson Vital Training and it’s great to see the latest cohort of London apprentices slotting straight into our Canning Town gangs. Led by Sunil Madhavan, former training design and delivery specialist for TfL, the new Intermediate Track Maintenance apprenticeship currently has seven apprentices aged 18-24 on the programme. Training is being delivered in partnership with TfL to provide learners with a range of track experience, which has enabled them to establish successful positions within each gang. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with our skilled workforce has seen each apprentice integrate successfully within our core team, working on exciting projects and beginning to take on their own responsibilities. Following this success, the 12-18 month Track Maintenance apprenticeship scheme will recruit its second cohort of learners at the end of this year, working closely with colleges, the National Apprenticeship Service and using social media tools to attract local talent – especially females – into a career in rail. To find out more about rail apprenticeships, click here. Or on how to get a job in rail, click here. Image below: As part of our ongoing commitment to HS2 and improving connectivity, our latest cohort of Track Maintenance apprentices were treated to a tour of the new National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster. Subscribe to the Blog If you enjoy our content, fill out the form below and you will kept up to date with our latest blogs! Name* Email Address* Which topics do you enjoy reading on the blog? jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 13) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [13, 1]) } );

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    Making a Bold Career Change | How One Woman Swapped Languages For Nuclear Reactors

    Making a bold career change can seem daunting, but Kim Vignitchouk is part of a growing trend of people who are turning their back on established careers in order to pursue a lifelong passion within a completely new industry. More than 10 years ago Kim made the move from linguistics and translation into the nuclear renaissance. Having lived and worked in China from 1988 – 1997 and fluent in Mandarin, it was time to pursue a career change and explore her real interest and passion, science, to which Kim then began studying a Physics degree at the Open University. Kim explains: “I always dreamed of one day becoming a scientist and I loved Physics at school. Unfortunately it was a career path that my parents weren’t keen on and they pushed me in the opposite direction. “After a successful career in linguistics and translation, I just thought enough was enough. Enrolling with the Open University helped me to connect back with everything that I loved when I was younger. I never dreamed at that point that I’d be able to build a new career and instead, was gaining a Physics degree just for me.” Now a contractor for Horizon Nuclear Power, Kim is part of a team in the UK and Japan helping to drive forward the new £10bn power station, comprising two nuclear reactors, at Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey. Adjacent to the former Magnox Wylfa Power Station, which is currently being decommissioned, the new nuclear power station will employ around 9,000 people at the peak of construction and once complete, generate around 2,700 megawatts of electricity – enough to power around five million homes. Having further upskilled her nuclear knowledge with a masters in Radiation and Environmental Protection, Kim is now working as an RP (radiation protection) engineer, where a typical day includes researching, reviewing and writing technical documents, answering technical queries and liaising with other engineers and contractors across civil, mechanical and chemical specialisms. Kim explains: “It’s our job to make sure that the nuclear power plant is being designed and built to UK and international standards so that it’s fully compliant and safe for people and the environment. “Nuclear is such an exciting and rewarding sector to work in, but there’s still a big misunderstanding in what a nuclear power plant actually does. The link between civil and military nuclear programmes also should be better managed as many people wrongly think they are one and the same. “There always seem to be a negative portrayal of nuclear power plants from the media as well, which leads to a negative public perception. Instead, we should be more transparent in showcasing what exciting careers the nuclear industry has to offer.” Kim has never struggled to find a role, even after previously being made redundant. Within the nuclear industry, there is no lack of exciting opportunities. New build programmes deliver a spectrum of roles across engineering, chemistry, environment and physics, which are also highly relevant for the decommissioning and maintenance of nuclear sites. Kim’s specific skillset in radiation and environmental protection is in huge demand across a number of sectors and careers, including medical, radiography and isotope generation for cancer care, which meant that she had already received a job offer before completing her masters. Kim continues: “Gaining my degree and masters were both career highlights as it completely changed my career direction and led me to where I am today. “I’m a firm believer in that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Juggling a freelance interpreter career with my studies at the Open University wasn’t without its challenges and even at this time, my parents were still asking me when was I going to concentrate on a full-time job? Unfortunately they both passed away before I graduated, but they would have been so proud in where I am today. “My advice to anyone regardless of their age or gender is to pursue your passion, do what you want to do and don’t listen to anyone else. “Nuclear is a pretty hardcore industry but there are so many exciting pathways that can lead you to a very rewarding career, including apprenticeships and the university route. All you need to succeed is to work hard and be passionate about what you do.” Are you looking for a career change? Search hundreds of jobs here, or to learn more about adult apprenticeships with our training division visit www.morson.com/mvt.

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    Morson Commit to 5% Club Charter for Apprentices

    Morson Group are proud to be a member of the 5% Club Charter for Apprentices. The charter is an industry-led initiative focused on promoting the recruitment of apprentices in the workplace, with the ultimate goal being to have at least 5% of the workforce in the business enrolled through various ‘earn and learn’ schemes. The organisation aims to achieve positive results from both a business and social point of view by address the growing skills gap in the country as well as tackling youth unemployment. Through joining the club, Morson pledge to maintain a minimum of 5% of our workforce enrolled in apprenticeship schemes at any time across the business. We believe that by joining the 5% club we will play a role in Britain’s long term prosperity, benefitting business and society alike, and aim to both encourage and work with other businesses to participate in the campaign. Becki Ross, head of HR for Morson Group, said “We are committed to developing the skills and knowledge of our workforce through a structured programme of training and development for both new and existing employees. A vital part of this strategy is the delivery of our apprenticeship programmes. We currently have over 5% of our workforce working towards an apprenticeship qualification and will continue to develop this approach to meet the needs of our business and career development and engagement of our employees. The commitment to the 5% Club comes less than a year after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, which requires all companies with an annual payroll in excess of £3million to pay 0.5 percent into a levy pot to fund three million high quality apprenticeships by 2020. “For large firms like ourselves, the 0.5 per cent payroll levy constitutes a large sum of money, which is why it’s crucial that we devise a strategic plan that reflects skills needs within the business over the next 3-5 years” said Becki. “This will allow us to provide appropriate, high-quality training, and committing to the 5% club is a reflection of this.” Morson are also taking active steps to promote conversations across the industry surrounding the importance of apprenticeships. In January 2018 we are hosting a HS2 roundtable event where key rail suppliers will discuss the opportunities to develop new solutions, particularly with apprentices and how we can use the Apprenticeship Levy to its best advantage. The roundtable will also include presentations to share insights, learnings and best practice from key figureheads at HS2 Ltd, the National Skills Academy for Rail and Network Rail. Marie Rayner, head of process at Morson and the organiser of the event said, “Joining the 5% club demonstrates our commitment to developing future talent. Apprenticeships and training are critical to the success of major projects and the UK’s infrastructure investment plan. By hosting events and roundtable discussions, such as our HS2 roundtable on SEE outcomes, we are actively working with the industry to ensure a sustainable talent pipeline.”

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    Aiming High: Apprentices on Tour with HS2

    As part of our ongoing commitment to HS2 and improving connectivity, our latest cohort of Track Maintenance apprentices were treated to a tour of the new National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster. Accompanied by our CEO, Ged Mason, the 12 apprentices were shown round the state-of-the-art training facility, which features replica track and rolling stock, specialist workshops and advanced digital workrooms. The tour gave valuable insight into future career opportunities and how their current Level 2 study programme can feed into higher level and advanced apprenticeships. The aim of our apprenticeship programmes aligns with that of the National College for High Speed Rail – to help produce the next generation of highly skilled engineers and ensure we have the best labour force to drive forward future infrastructure advancements. As part of this commitment, Morson Vital Training (MVT) has become a strategic partner of the National College for High Speed Rail. This partnership will help us to continue upskilling our apprentices onto higher level pathways. The agreement also involves group staff attending the college to deliver workshops, speaking and knowledge sharing opportunities, as well as helping to shape the ongoing curriculum. Matt Leavis, head of UK training for MVT, explains: “HS2 is such an exciting project that’s pushing the boundaries on training and safety standards. The sheer scale of the programme as Europe’s largest will require a number of new skills and greater knowledge surrounding cyber and digital advancements, and it’s a big achievement to be working with the college to deliver exactly this.” Nicola Johnson, stakeholder engagement manager for the National College for High Speed Rail, added: “We loved having the Morson apprentices on a tour and help to inspire them into gaining a successful career in rail. “Every organisation has its shining stars who we want to help progress further than their Level 2 qualifications, into higher technical routes through to degree level that give them the skills needed to work on huge infrastructure projects like HS2 and develop the best talent worldwide. “This collaborative approach ensures our apprentices have the skills and experience needed in the workplace and this is testament to the fact that our entire apprenticeship programme has been developed in partnership with industry experts. “Meeting sector needs also meant thinking outside of the box. Unlike other FE colleges, we recruit cohorts throughout the year – September, January and April – to aid businesses with specific resource shortages and challenges, and we look forward to upskilling future Morson apprentices.” Want to see how you can find a job in rail? Click here. Or what to find out the best apprenticeships, click here.

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    The Best Rail Engineering Apprenticeships

    Whether you’re a university graduate or a school leaver, there are rail engineering opportunities available across the UK that will give you hands-on experience working for some of the UK’s industry-leading organisations. We’ve detailed some of the best rail engineering apprenticeships available to help you take the first steps of your career. Network Rail A three-year apprenticeship scheme with Network Rail sees you living and learning at the company’s specialist training centre in the Midlands for the first 20 weeks, which includes free food, accommodation and paid trips home. The next part of your apprenticeship will take place at an assigned depot near your home. You can expect hands-on experience and dedicated support, the chance to meet lifelong friends and significant career development. Add to this Network Rail are currently managing more engineering projects than any other company – it’s never been a more exciting time to join! Thameslink The Thameslink Programme is looking for apprentices to help with their current project – rebuilding London Bridge. You will have the opportunity to work across signaling, telecoms, track maintenance, business administration and construction. The engineering apprenticeship is based at the National Skills Academy for Rail on HMS Sultan in Portsmouth. Working with Southwark Council, Thameslink are committed to helping more young people enter the engineering and transport industry. Morson Vital Training At Morson, we provide apprenticeships across rail track engineering and safety as part of Morson Vital Training; a recognised Network Rail training provider and City and Guilds approved delivery team. The apprenticeships, delivered in partnership with various colleges across the UK, are fully funded and accredited by the National Skills Academy for Railway. Each programme combines classroom learning in conjunction with practical training delivered utilising a fully functioning track layout – including crossings, points and motors. The dynamic and industry accredited learning environment provided by Morson Vital Training, means each apprentice has increased employability, and the skills to begin a successful career in rail. MVT are proud to be the only rail trainer in the UK to have been awarded platinum in a recent quality assurance visit by the NSAR and have been named the number one rail training provider in the UK. Costain The engineering apprenticeship with Costain offers a structured development programme which leads to a Certificated Apprenticeship. The programme features one day of college study and four days working towards your qualification (NVQ Level 3) by gaining on-the-job experience. Costain provides two pay reviews a year for each apprentice, on-going support and exciting career development with what has been found to be one of the UK’s ‘Most Admired’ companies. London Underground Transport for London has an extensive selection of apprenticeships available across a variety of sectors, including track maintenance and engineering for the London Underground. Depending on the programme, you will receive a starting salary of (at least) the London Living Wage, free travel on Transport for London’s networks for you and another member of your household, membership to their pension scheme and a minimum of 29 days’ annual leave. Crossrail With over 400 apprenticeships created for the construction of a new railway, Crossrail is big on producing a skills legacy for the industry whilst furthering the careers of its apprentices. A number of opportunities are available across engineering and construction, which will give apprentices high-quality skills training, a paid salary and a relevant qualification upon completion. What next? Becoming a rail and transportation engineer offers you a career full of prospects, a great salary and a rewarding, hands-on role. The rail industry has an exciting future ahead with upcoming upgrades, improvements and big projects planned across the UK, making it one of the best times to start your career and a rail engineering apprenticeships can help you get there. To read more of our Rail related blogs, click here. Subscribe to the Blog If you enjoy our content, fill out the form below and you will kept up to date with our latest blogs! Name* Email Address* Which topics do you enjoy reading on the blog? jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 13) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [13, 1]) } );

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    The State of Engineering in the North West

    The latest ‘State of Engineering: North West’ infographic is out from EngineeringUK, but what picture does it paint for the region? Operations director Adrian Adair takes a look at the figures and analyses the opportunities and challenges from within. The latest ‘State of Engineering: North West’ infographic is out from EngineeringUK, showcasing the vital contribution that the sector makes in driving the region’s economy, as well as current opportunities and challenges. According to the figures, more than a quarter of all North-West enterprises are engineering-related, which isn’t surprising when the region plays host to a number of global leaders in aerospace, automotive and manufacturing, to name but a few. Collectively, these businesses employ more than 60,000 people in the North West, an increase of 6.4% from last year, and contribute almost a third of the region’s combined turnover. Despite this growth, the North West needs to find an extra 18,200 engineers by 2024 to fill the newly-created jobs. A shortfall could be crippling and is why industry, educators and government must work harder to build a solid pipeline of talent to fill this gap. Encouraging more young people to choose a career in engineering is one way of tackling the recruitment shortfall. Currently, just 29% of 11 to 16-year-olds from the North West actually know what an engineer does and just 1 in 3 understand the different paths you can take to become an engineer. Luckily, we’ve known about this upcoming shortfall for some time and there are a number of great programmes already in place that are helping to change perceptions, reputation and bridge this skills gap. Here at Morson International, we’re a lead partner of the Girls’ Network and helped the charity to launch its award-winning mentoring programme in Salford. A number of females from across out team are currently training to be mentors and will partner with young women from disadvantaged communities to encourage them into aspirational paths. We also recently pledged a further 15 fully-funded engineering scholarships with Salford University as part of our ongoing commitment to develop the next generation of engineers. Bringing the total number to 30, the Gerry Mason Engineering Excellence Scholarship enables talented young people who would otherwise be deterred from university because of the associated tuition fees and living costs, to pursue an engineering degree. Schools must also rethink how they promote engineering and technical careers, especially to young girls, through the various stages of education. Engineering is a highly creative career where infinite solutions can be imagined, modelled, tested and made, and it’s this imaginativeness that needs promoting from primary level upwards. The shocking gender divide was another main focus for the report, with just 7% of engineering apprentices and 15% of engineering and technology graduates female. As part of our commitment to attract more females in technical sectors, we’ve pledged to double the number of female engineers we employ by 2020. Currently, Morson International has more than 1,800 female contractors working across the globe, yet specifically in engineering, the number of women compared to men sits at just 7.5 per cent. We’re also working hard to help young people understand what an engineering job actually entails, with evidence from engineers to show that it isn’t manual, dirty or boring, but instead, provides so many innovative opportunities. Engineering careers offer young people the chance to shape the world, as everything they touch has been engineered, from their phones, apps and game consoles. With 42,000 organisations in the North West now providing Apprenticeships, from entry-level right through to degree-level equivalent qualifications, the opportunities are there and it’s up to us all to help fill them with talented people.

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    Mind the (Skills) Gap: Do You Have the Transferable Engineering Skills to Work in Rail?

    Due to the delivery timelines of several major infrastructure projects in the UK, including Hinkley, HS2 and highways we face the reality of a severe skills shortage. There are simply not enough qualified workers readily available to fulfil these projects. Across the rail sector alone there is HS2, Crossrail and Thameslink competing for technical, engineering and manufacturing talent. Whilst it’s an exciting time to be working in rail with confidence in the sector at its highest, filling these jobs is becoming progressively harder – many skilled workers are already employed on these projects with 24,000 people required at HS2’s peak in the mid-2020s. It means that we have to look to alternative ways to deliver the major design and construction task at hand. One solution is to look to candidates with transferable engineering skills who can use their experience and qualifications to move fluidly between sectors and jobs. Upskilling and Apprenticeships At our recent HS2 skills roundtable, top businesses in the rail industry stressed the importance of breaking down perceptions that apprenticeships are just for young people straight out of school. In fact, training providers are actively raising awareness of training opportunities available to people who have been in established careers. Career paths are more fluid than ever, as a candidate don’t feel bound by sector, job role or even industry, with abundant training opportunities you have the transferable engineering skills required. Our training division Morson Vital Training, delivers professional training programmes for people working in the rail industry and is the only rail trainer in the UK to have been awarded platinum in a recent quality assurance visit by the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR). MVT are committed to encouraging people looking for a career transition as well as young people into rail careers. Sectors Transferable engineering skills can be readily identified across sectors. Aerospace and defence, nuclear and construction talent should consider rail as a relevant next step. Many of the skills these people have are transferable to the rail industry, including communication, planning and decision making. The ex-forces community holds a huge pool of skilled workers who have the potential to develop within the rail sector with industry specific training. For those with an engineering background, there are roles in maintenance, asset information, track, construction, civil engineering or signalling, power and communication. Alternatively, roles such as finance, legal or HR offer a worthwhile career in the many support functions. Morson Vital Training (MVT), has also developed an innovative programme to help ex-service personnel into work, while enabling the rail sector to benefit from their transferable skills. By working closely with the Regular Forces Employment Agency (RFEA) and Walking With The Wounded to design the programme and recruit suitable candidates, the new course is fully-accredited and forms an important part of our future skilling and diversity strategies, with the armed services training expected to increase the number of female apprentices they recruit. The Digital Railway Brings New Opportunities An engineer’s role is constantly changing. New technology and software has developed niche skill sets that we wouldn’t have needed 10 years ago, like BIM for example. Now a Government requirement for public sector projects, BIM has progressed from a ‘nice to have’ to a delivery priority. If you are BIM qualified, whatever your sector, there are many opportunities available within rail as there is a particular shortage of people with a deep understanding of how to manage data. The digital railway which is to drive the digitalisation of the rail industry will also bring with it a requirement for people with specialist software skills as engineering and technology converge. Those who work in IT will see opportunities open up across sectors as intelligent infrastructure is implemented and developed. Search digital rail jobs Where can you use your transferable engineering skills? HS2 Transferable engineering skills will be essential to deliver HS2. In February last year, the parliamentary bill for the first phase of HS2, received Royal Assent. HS2 is a high-speed railway that will run from London to Leeds and Manchester in a Y-shape from 2033. There are high expectations for this project, with Chris Grayling (Transport Secretary in 2016) saying “HS2 will be the world’s most advanced passenger railway and the backbone of our rail network”. Search HS2 jobs Crossrail From improving journey times across London, to easing congestion and offering better connections, the Elizabeth line will provide easier, quicker and more direct travel opportunities across the capital. Currently, the Crossrail programme is 80 per cent complete and is being delivered on time and within budget. Search London Rail Jobs Thameslink The Thameslink Programme is a major £5.5 billion scheme to extend the service to a further 100 stations and to greatly increase capacity on the central London section to accommodate more frequent and longer trains. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019. With the rail industry continuing to push the boundaries and innovate, whilst offering an incredibly rewarding career, it makes prospects within the industry more exciting than they’ve been for generations. Search all rail jobs

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    What Is It Really Like To Be An Apprentice? | Our Apprentices Tell All

    This National Apprenticeship Week, many students who are deciding between an apprenticeship or further education may be wondering ‘what is it like to be an apprentice’? We spoke to a selection of our apprentices at Morson Projects, each of whom are doing very different job roles from business and administration to engineering, to get their first hand experiences of an apprenticeship. It was revealing that each apprentices journey was so different, with one apprentice going onto a quantity surveying degree from her business administration apprenticeship. Hannah Worden, Business Administration Apprentice My name is Hannah Worden, I work for the commercial team at Morson Projects. I’ve been on a business administration apprenticeship. In September I also started a quantity surveying degree alongside my apprenticeship which will take me 5 years. I chose to do an apprenticeship as I knew I’d be able to work and earn while training. Morson Projects have supported me all the way, helping me progress within my career. I like the thought of doing learning more about the background of my current job role, which is why I’m doing the QS degree as that is what my role will be transitioning into. The best part of my job is the friendship and social side. I also feel extremely valued and I’ve been recognised higher up as I won Young Achiever of the Year in 2017. I’ve also been nominated by Salford City College for Apprentice of the Year, which is really nice. Lewis Stamper, Engineering Apprentice at Ematics My name is Lewis Stamper, I worked in the power department for the first part of my apprenticeship and then moved over to the Ematics department where I’ve been doing SCADA software engineering. The reason I chose an apprenticeship is that I like learning on the job rather than just looking at a text book, it means that I can apply my knowledge to real life. A standard day for me is, when I come in we have a 9am meeting where we share where we’re up to from the day before and organise what we’re going to do for the rest of the day. I’m involved with team coordination at the moment, making sure that we’re all on task and know what we need to get done for the day. Amy Brett, Business Administration Apprentice I’m Amy Brett and I work for the commercial team where I’ve been doing a Level 2 business admin apprenticeship, I’ll be going onto Level 3 this year. My work is payroll and general admin so on Monday and Tuesday I’m really busy. I help Hannah out with admin assistance and she helps me check through certain work. Lewis sends me his timesheets, which are never on time! I chose to do an apprenticeship with Morson Projects as it’s a family oriented business and I’d heard good things and since I came here I’ve been looked after and been welcomed. Before I came to Morson I used to go to attend Eccles College and they told me about the business. They suggested I went for an apprenticeship at Morson Projects because I didn’t enjoy going to college at the time. Sophie Williams, Hannah and Amy’s manager describes the working relationship between the apprentices: They work really well together, they are all willing to help each other. It’s really nice to see them get along inside and outside of work. Morson are champions of apprenticeships, we believe they are a fantastic way to both get young people into employment and help professionals transition into new careers. Read more about our pledge to maintain a minimum of 5% of our workforce enrolled in apprenticeship schemes across our business. Want to find out what is it like to be an apprentice first hand? To find out more about the apprenticeships Morson offer email our Head of HR becki.ross@morson.com

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