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Morson Vital Training

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TRACK SAFETY WITH MORSON VITAL TRAINING | Explore the track safety elements, as well as the internal and external facilities, of Morson's platinum training provision - elected the best in the UK by the National Skills Academy for Rail >



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 


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Why Morson Vital Training?

Additional NEET support  •  First and only platinum award winning NSAR training provider  •  ROAPT approved training provider 
Bespoke training programmes    •   Innovative online training support   •   Network Rail preferred supplier for track safety
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    Morson Vital Training shortlisted for Transport for London Supplier Awards

    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.

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    Morson Partner with EngineeringUK to Deliver Inspiring Social Mobility Event

    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.

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    Morson Vital Training Win Best Apprenticeship at the Transport for London (TfL) Supplier Awards

    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.

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    Morson Vital Training Take Part In Transport For London Diversity Scheme

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

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