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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HS2 is committed to supporting and promoting technical and professional learning through the greater availability and take-up of apprenticeships during construction and operation. Overcoming the negative perceptions around apprenticeships, especially those at lower levels, was a key theme on the agenda at our roundtable event held at the National College High-Speed Rail (NCHSR’s) and one that most supply chain partners and education providers need greater support in overcoming. Apprenticeships are still dismissed and characterised as the ‘last resort’, which is preventing many young people from achieving their potential through this aspirational career route. Many of those around the table gave present-day examples of how their outstanding apprenticeship programmes were being dismissed by young people and their parents. This clearly shows that more needs to be done to improve the perceptions of apprenticeships and showcase how this pathway offers just as many advantages, if not more, as traditional education routes. Apprenticeships are a priority for HS2 as 50% of a contractor’s SEE targets must comprise apprentice recruitment as well as support for the NCHSR, workless job starts or work placements. THE SOLUTION Awareness campaigns targeted at successful behavioural change are needed. These campaigns need to engage media as well as key influencers such as teachers and parents. Engineering must be shown in the best light possible, positioning itself alongside other typically aspirational careers such as doctors, lawyers and accountants. According to IET’s research into what a ‘typical’ engineer looks like, more than 44% of schoolchildren believed they would wear a hard hat, 40% a hi-vis jacket, 67% said an engineer would be male and 51% said white. HS2 Ltd aims to inspire more young people to explore apprenticeships by presenting a new, modern image for the sector that’s user focussed, technology-driven and engineering led. If we are to successfully change the sector’s image then more must be done. Images of cutting edge technology, teamwork and creativity are far more appealing to young people and is the perception that we must work to collectively promote. Social media engagement campaigns and ‘gamification’ are other successful alternative strategies to target youngsters, mirroring the same successes from organisations that already adopt these approaches such as Sony, Samsung and Siemens. Gamification can lend itself to many different purposes, such as marketing and managing employee health, but is now increasingly used recruitment. Not only does gamification help to match candidates to roles but also is an aspirational engagement tool that can generate awareness of the training opportunities throughout HS2. Download our whitepaper to read more about the solutions that are needed if we are to achieve HS2’s vision of being a catalyst for growth across Britain. Or click here to find your opportunity on HS2.Find out more
With A-level and GCSE result now released, a large number of young people will now be wondering what their next career step should be. More focus than ever has now been placed on Apprenticeships and Graduate Schemes as an alternative to staying in full-time education as you can get on the job experience and learn as you earn. The government launched the Apprenticeship levy in 2017 which has encouraged businesses with an annual turnover of £3 million to invest in apprenticeships a lot more. This has had an extremely positive effect and the number of engineering apprenticeships available to young people and the uptake of these apprenticeships has dramatically increased. In an industry where apprenticeships are already popular, the Levy is providing new opportunities to attract fresh talent and improve diversity. TOP CONSTRUCTION APPRENTICESHIPS As the UK government continues to propose large-scale infrastructure projects, it’s clear that young engineers are needed now more than ever to facilitate the change of Britain’s landscape. We look at some of the best construction apprenticeships available to help you take the first steps of your career: Balfour Beatty Balfour Beatty describes their apprenticeship scheme as thinking “beyond the hard hat, beyond stereotypes, beyond ground-breaking and look forward to a future full of unlimited opportunity, infinite possibilities and far-reaching impact”. Earning while you learn, you’ll get lots of development opportunities, mentoring and support from across the organisation – as well as the chance to make an impact on the world around you. By completing this apprenticeship you’ll gain exposure to some pretty amazing projects too, like HS2, Hinkley Point C, Perth Transport Futures and the Manchester Engineering Campus Development project. Costain Group 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. The British Army If you are looking to develop your skills whilst travelling the world then this one’s for you. The Army has one of the largest Apprenticeship programmes in the UK with 18,000 young people enrolled and over 8,000 apprentices passing their training each year. Better still, the Army Construction Apprenticeship Programme is part of a nationally recognised scheme, giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for an employer while learning relevant work-based skills. An apprenticeship with the army can open new doors as 98% of recruits finish with qualifications that they can build on during and after their Army career. Crossrail and HS2 Building a railway requires a lot of construction manpower and with two large rail construction projects underway there are plenty of jobs in the field available at your fingertips. It is believed that the cutting-edge HS2 project will create approximately 2,000 apprenticeships and will give young people the opportunity to work on one of the biggest and most complex construction projects to date. 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 Visit our dedicated HS2 page to keep up to date with the latest news and views from the project. MORSON’S APPRENTICESHIP PLEDGE Morson are champions of apprenticeships, we believe that they are a fantastic way to get both young people into employment and help professionals transition into new careers. Check out the video below where we chat to our apprentices at Morson Projects to find out what doing an apprenticeship is really like. Read more about our pledge to maintain a minimum of 5% of our workforce enrolled in apprenticeship schemes across our business.Find out more
Known as the northern powerhouse of England, Manchester is popular for its diverse culture, world-class football, less than ideal weather, legendary music scene and energetic nightlife. The city is attractive to people looking for a day trip, a night out, a holiday and even a job. With employment on the rise, outside of London, Manchester is becoming one of the biggest employment hubs to work in with the likes of Media City attracting big names such as the BBC and Manchester Science Park home to over 120 innovative businesses. So if you’re left wondering what it’s like to live in the second biggest city in England, then read on for our guide to living and working in Manchester: Living in Manchester Culture Transport Accommodation Things to do in Manchester Working in Manchester Key industries Top employers Living in Manchester Culture Whether you’re into art galleries or visiting old warehouses that have been converted into coffee shops, Manchester is the place to be for culture and adventure. You cannot say the word Manchester without thinking football so one thing that should be on the top of your list is a visit to the stadiums (red, blue or even both!) and the National Football Museum. There’s also a number of excellent theatres including the famous Lowry Theatre and art gallery which is definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking for something educational, you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking from Manchester’s best museums which include the Imperial War Museum North, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the People’s History Museum. Transport Thankfully Manchester is a relatively compact city with excellent transport links. The tram network is currently under construction following the approved expansion of the line which will dramatically improve the infrastructure of the city even more. Along with an excellent road network, Manchester has an excellent system of cycle lanes around the city so if you’re feeling (or wanting to get) fit, you can take to the wheels. There are two mainline railway stations in the centre and a world-class airport just a 15-minute drive from the city. Accommodation When moving to a new area people tend to rent first so they can make sure it is the right place for them. With the expansion of the city, there are new apartments available to rent being built in almost every direction. If you’re relocating with your family you may want to consider a move to the suburbs of the city where you will find plenty of houses and flats to buy or rent. However, families are now more than ever choosing to live in cities due to the number of high-quality apartments being built and improved services out there to support family life. As Manchester is home to a large number of students and professionals who have moved to the area to pursue their careers, flat sharing is very common in the city. There are a number of estate agents that specialise in putting like-minded individuals in contact to be able to secure a home together and therefore split rent and bills to make it more affordable for both parties. Things to do in Manchester Manchester is home to a vast retail scene both in the city centre and surrounding areas. The likes of Harrods, Selfridges and many other well-established brands are all grouped together around the city’s shopping centre, the Arndale. If you are after something a little different, the collection of small independent stores based in the Northern Quarter such as Affleck’s Palace is the place to be – a vintage lover’s paradise! Manchester is home to the Trafford Centre, one of the biggest and most popular shopping centres in the country where other activities such as Lego Land, the Sea Life Centre and Chill Factore are based. If you are more of an outdoors person, you can venture out into Manchester’s suburbs and visit one of the cities vast parks such as Haigh Hall and Heaton Park. The Peak District is less than an hour’s drive away from Manchester so it’s great for a day out in the countryside. Working in Manchester The Manchester city region offers a high-quality workforce of 7.2 million people within an hour’s commute of the city centre. It’s an attractive location for people from surrounding areas to work due to increased progression opportunities and pay. Manchester’s key industries Manchester has a strong history in the manufacturing sector which has played a big part in developing the city in the past. However, since its expansion, other specialisms such as ICT, Construction, Financial, Creative and Digital industries have become increasingly influential. Today, Manchester has been recognised by the UK government as one of the six “science cities” across the country. It is fast becoming a key city for not only research and development but also for innovation and academic excellence. Top employers in Manchester With four universities on its doorstep, Manchester is home to some of the best young talent in the country. Having previously ranked the third best student city in the UK, it’s no surprise why a number of top employers have set up camp in this vibrant part of the country. Some employers based in Manchester to note are Costain, the Manchester Airport Group, the BBC, the Co-Operative Group, Kellogg’s, Thomas Cook, Adidas and JD Sports. Does this sound like the place you want to be? Why not check out our latest jobs in Manchester and begin the process of making the big move.Find out more
Morson held a roundtable debate with HS2 and key representatives from the supply chain to discuss how we future-proof the rail industry in line with HS2’s skills, employment and education targets. The Apprentice Levy was one of the key topics discussed: There’s a clear commitment amongst the supply chain to develop new talent through the use of apprenticeships both at a lower and higher advanced level. In an industry where apprenticeships are already popular, the Levy is providing new opportunities to attract fresh talent and improve diversity. The Apprenticeship Levy gives employers a great incentive to invest in new staff and skills but it is crucial that the training is tailored to individual business or project needs. Supply chain partners must assess the short-term and long-term skill needs within their existing workforce and identify the gaps. Building a strong partnership with a bespoke training provider will also ensure training is delivered to your exact skills needs, company values and culture. Many of the organisations in attendance were either underusing their available Apprenticeship Levy funds or felt confused on how to best implement a bespoke skills development programme. Greater awareness is still needed on how Levy funds can be better spent and the effective use of transferring this to the supply chain to address specific skills shortages. THE SOLUTION Critical to engaging your internal audience is highlighting how the levy can be used strategically, to develop your business through the training and development of new skills. Barriers faced with signing off on how best to use the apprenticeship levy for an organisation can be the potential costs associated with the apprentice – not just from a funding perspective, but also from the time and investment of managers within your organisation. To combat this issue, it is important to demonstrate how an apprentice can add value to the business. Whilst the initial training and upskilling of an apprentice costs time and money, there is always a point where these costs will ‘break even’ and then surpass training expectations, generating a greater return on investment. Identifying this break-even point and the life cost of an apprentice is a service offered by MVT, to assist in securing funding and levy allocation to new trainees. MVT can also design a tailored plan which looks at both the short-term requirements and the long-term strategic business plan of your organisation, to identify how you can get the most out of your levy pot. Download our whitepaper to read more about the solutions that are needed if we are to achieve HS2’s vision of being a catalyst for growth across Britain. Or click here to find your opportunity on HS2.Find out more
Morson Group are delighted to announce that our rail training division, Morson Vital Training, has been shortlisted for the Transport for London Supplier Awards. The annual awards are awarded by TfL to recognise the work their supply chain does with them across all of their operations. The awards are open to all suppliers and cross many categories including health, safety and environment, efficiencies, collaboration, and diversity & inclusion. Morson Vital Training are shortlisted for Best Apprenticeship. The submission highlighted MVT's record in putting quality before quantity, ensuring all apprentices are embedded with fundamental skills for their development as employees - including in aspects of their lives outside of basic rail training, such as finance. It also highlighted our commitment to social inclusion and mobilisation, with representatives within the London boroughs and wider groups working with a network of schools and combined authorities to support, challenge and promote the benefits of engineering to a wide range of underrepresented groups. In 2017, this category was won by Thales. Matthew Leavis, head of UK training for Morson Group, said “To be shortlisted for the TfL Supplier Awards gives the whole team at Morson a great sense of achievement and to see the hard work and commitment of the whole team being recognised is beyond satisfying. It’s great to see our focus on a low volume, high quality programme that offers the best possible learner journey with sustained and gainful employment being recognised. We hope this encourages more small scale high quality programmes that meets the wider need for work-ready employees that have had the chance to benefit from the great opportunities apprenticeships offer." Morson Vital Training has an enviable track record within the industry, and in 2017 were awarded platinum 'best in class' by the National Skills Academy for Rail following an extensive audit of their operations. They have also recently introduced a new initiative to offer ex-forces veterans access to free training in order to aid their transition from the military into civilian life. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 5th December at the London Transport Museum.Find out more
Morson was proud to partner with Engineering UK and the University of Salford at the latest Engineering Connections ‘Spotlight on Social Mobility’ event this week. The event sought to explore why individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are underrepresented in engineering occupations, making up just 24% of the workforce. EngineeringUK’s first event out of London was a huge success, featuring talks from leading experts in the field of social mobility (including Morson’s own Andy Robinson and Gerry Mason Scholar Muhtaba Ghulam) and interesting debate which could have carried on well into the afternoon. Hosted by Mark Tittering, CEO of EngineeringUK, the speakers included: Dr Lindsay Richards, Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College Andy Robinson, Training Support Manager at Morson Vital Training Phil East, CEO Salford Foundation Mujtaba Ghulam, Engineering Student at the University of Salford Andy from Morson Vital Training passionately spoke of the work that he himself and Morson as a wider group undertake to support social mobility. As the lead for the level 2 rail engineering apprenticeship programme, Andy plays an instrumental role in the development and continuous improvement of young people through apprenticeships. With a background in education, he also outlined his work in schools as an Enterprise Advisor with GMCA, where he works closely with the schools to improve their careers provision. Stressing the importance of engaging with children who may have limited aspirations due to the communities they live in, Andy outlined that it is within schools where most impact can be made. By making them aware of the opportunities available and providing them with routes to employment and role models to look up to, Andy aims to build the next generation of engaged and motivated professionals. In one such activity, Morson Vital Training hosted the Girls Network, for a #careersontrack event where students from St Ambrose School visited their rail training facility in Salford. The year 10 and 12 pupils from St Ambrose spent an afternoon gaining practical experience of rail safety and skills and exploring opportunities in engineering. Positively, many of the girls came away from the event considering apprenticeships in the engineering world. For many, the event ‘opened their eyes’ to engineering and for one pupil the event has spurred her on to realising her dream to become a construction engineer and encourage more women into the profession. Read more about this initiative here. Andy also discussed our target to double the number of female contractors by 2020 and being part of the 5% club charter where we strive to get 5% of our workforce in ‘earn and learn’ positions within five years of joining. He also spoke about the work that Morson do to support the Armed Forces, having recruited 1,220 ex-forces personnel in the last 12 months. We heard from Mujtaba, an engineering student at the University of Salford who explained how the Gerry Mason Scholarship, part of a pledge of £270,000 which enables talented young people who would otherwise be deterred from university because of costs, to pursue an engineering degree, has given him the opportunity to achieve his dream of becoming a Chartered Engineer. Reflecting on the event, Andy said: “It was a pleasure to attend and be a speaker at the EngineeringUK event on Social Mobility. The wide spectrum of organisations represented demonstrate there is a real appetite in industry at the moment to make the difference and help people from all walks of life reach their potential, whilst securing engineering infrastructure projects for years to come.” If you would like to learn more about Morson’s Apprenticeship programme, click here. Or, to read more about our charity involvement, click here.Find out more
Morson Group are delighted to announce that our rail training division, Morson Vital Training (MVT), have won Best Apprenticeship at the Transport for London Supplier Awards 2018. The award was presented to members of the Morson Vital Training team at a cermony at the London Transport Museum in London on Wednesday 5th December. The annual awards are awarded by TfL to recognise the work their supply chain does with them across all of their operations. The awards are open to all suppliers and cross many categories including health, safety & environment, efficiencies, collaboration, and diversity & inclusion. MVT fought off competition from MTR Crossrail and Bombardier to take home the award, which was presented by the newly appointed CEO of Crossrail Mark Wild. During the presentation. Mark highlighted the significance of the category: "I heard an interesting stat that apprenticeships in every sector are declining apart from in the transportation sector, which is something to be really proud of. This is probably one of the most important awards of the night, actually." The submission highlighted MVT's record of putting quality before quantity, ensuring all apprentices are embedded with fundamental skills for their development as employees - including in aspects of their lives outside of basic rail training, such as finance. It also highlighted our commitment to social inclusion and mobilisation, with representatives within the London boroughs and wider groups working with a network of school and combined authorities to support, challenge and promote the benefits of engineering to a wide range of underrepresented groups. Matthew Leavis, head of UK training, said: "It's beyond satisfying to see the hard work and dedication of the team being recognised. We were up against some amazing competition and to walk away with the award feels fantastic and gives us a great sense of achievement. We hope the success of our low volume, high quality programme that offers the best possible learner journey will encourage more small scale, high quality programmes that meet the need for work-ready employees. We're not resting here though, and we're developing additional initiatives to further improve our service offering." MVT has an enviable track record within the industry, and in 2017 were awarded platinum 'best in class' by the National Skills Academy for Rail following an extensive audit of their operations. They have also recently introduced a new initiative to offer ex-forces veterans access to free training in order to aid their transition from the military into civilian life.Find out more