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Recruitment Technology

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TAKE A TOUR OF VENCURO | Vencuro is Morson's full end to end technology solution underpinning Morson >

Morson has invested heavily in recruitment technology. Our sophisticated systems have been developed to support ongoing service excellence throughout our business.  Using client and candidate feedback, combined with market intelligence and research, we have created and evolved robust software to significantly improve the efficiency of our recruitment processes.

We have worked alongside our client base to truly understand their needs and have created bespoke recruitment technology to support our clients’ contract objectives.


Vencuro is a recruitment tool born from the vendor management requirements of Morson’s Managed Service solutions. This system is an interactive tool which streamlines the full end-to-end recruitment process whilst providing our clients with full contract visibility. Each of Vencuro’s five key modules have been developed to be used independently or in conjunction with each other (Requisition Approval, Workforce Management, Applicant Tracking, Electronic Timesheets and Online Dashboards). Each module focuses on providing real-time information to the client in conjunction with ensuring that the recruitment process remains transparent and auditable.

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PeopleFlow is a bespoke system used to proactively engage and manage a high volume workforce. This technology delivers key benefits such as increased productivity, reduced attrition and enhanced motivation across the contractor base.

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Morson Recruitment Technology

Morson’s recruitment technology helps us to retain our market leading position and is improved and developed on an ongoing basis by Morson’s dedicated ‘Business Systems and Compliance’ department.
Morson is also able to interface with third party technologies where necessary, and has experience across a range of alternative technology solutions.​
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    Thames Water Alliance Praise McAllister Morson Contractors In Rescue Drill

    MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson contractors react to drill situation in London sewers Client McAllister praises response to 'communications failure' (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Thames Waters’ Eight20 alliance has praised the actions of Morson contractors working on the King’s Scholars’ Pond project in London for client McAllister during an impromptu rescue drill. The Eight20 alliance is the largest alliance in the water sector. The partners involved are Thames Water and two design and build joing ventures made up of Costain, Atkins, Black & Veatch (CABV); and Skanksa, MWH and Balfour Beatty (SMB). The alliance has been carrying out £1.75billion of capital investment work between 2015 and 2020. The rescue drill was a surprise ‘communications failure’. Whilst working down in the sewer the entry team were instructed not to respond to radio communications from the topman, and at a regular gas check and having received no response from the entry team, the topman immediately began shouting down the ladder to the entry team, who again did not respond. After about a minute the topman had informed the Confined Space Manager and within approximately three minutes the rescue teams were mobilised and entered the sewer under full BA to investigate, concluding the exercise. To keep the drill as realistic as possible, site teams were not briefed prior as a test of their response to an emergency situation. The Site Agent commended the efficiency of the drill, stating that the contractors produced, under considerable pressure, a sequence of responses that were exactly in line with the management team’s expectations for the correct course of action. Rob Kirby, Project Manager at McAllister, said “For the last year McAllister Group have been using Morson to provide safety critical resource and rescue teams in support of rehabilitation works on Thames Water’s critical infrastructure. This has involved working around the clock, conducting confined space entries into various live sewers. We have found them to be a very pro-active company providing a prompt service supplying labour that has worked in safety critical roles alongside our own direct labour. The administrative support provide by Morson has been responsive and efficient in responding to the changing needs of our business.” “The operatives provided have conducted themselves with the highest level of professionalism in the performance of their duties, particularly under some very challenging circumstances.” Additional Training McAllister initially had a need for the 20 confined space operatives back in April 2018. Morson identified that there were very few confined space operatives with the higher-level City & Guilds Confined Space Training that is specifically designed for high risk environments such as those they would be working in. In order to provide a solution, we identified 20 operatives with relevant lower level qualifications and put them through the City & Guilds training before starting them at the Baker Street site: 6150-02: Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top Man/Persons)(Entrant): Water 6150-03: Working in High Risk Confined Spaces: Water 6150-05: Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces (Water) 6150-61 Manage Work in Confined Spaces The success of this unannounced drill is testament to the high level of training that the operatives undertook and we are pleased to be working with the industry to help provide solutions to skills shortages and client requirements Email for more information about our work within this sector, or search our latest jobs here

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    Coach Crolla | Anthony Crolla Follows In Joe Gallagher's Footsteps As He Makes Trainer Debut!

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ​ Morson ambassador Anthony Crolla launches training career with Dylan Evans' victory over Michael Horabin Mancunian boxer speaks to us about getting help from his own trainer and whether there's another fight night to come for him (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Morson ambassador, Anthony Crolla ventured down a path on the other side of the ropes this weekend as he made his debut as a trainer at Kieran Farrell’s latest promotional show. Under Crolla’s wing was 22- year old up and comer Dylan Evans, who made it a successful first night under the lights for his coach as he defeated the very game Michael Horabin over four hard fought rounds. Crolla exclusively gave Morson TV his assessment of Dylan’s performance: “I’m happy, he went asleep a bit in the third round and took a few stupid shots but he was never in any trouble, he was always in control of the fight. Other than being annoyed about that I’m happy. It’s the first time he’s out in 18 months, he’s a joy to train and you can see the sort of condition he’s in, he could do 12 rounds now!” Anthony has been a part of Dylan’s life for a number of years and he discussed how their partnership came to be: “We’ve known each other from way back, he’s one of my good friends, we went to the same school and he’s boxed from the amateur club. He talked to me about wanting to come back in to Boxing as he had his first fight eighteen months ago but due to work commitments had to give up” He continued: “I just wanted to see if he was serious so I said do six to eight weeks in the gym and come back to me and he’s done everything that’s asked of him. I can’t fault him and it’s onwards and upwards from here” Despite it being Crolla’s first night as a coach, he was no stranger to cornering duties, having helped out Joe Gallagher with many of his teammates over the years. The Gallagher’s Gym fighter shed light on how differently he viewed the sport from his role on Saturday: “I’ve said this for a number of years. When you’re in the corner with Joe you see the fight differently and it helps me see what Joe sees when I’m fighting. I’m learning all the time, as a coach I’m a very inexperienced coach but I’m under a very good coach in Joe Gallagher” Recording his first win as a trainer has led many to question whether this will be Crolla’s immediate career path, especially after he didn’t confirm whether he was going to compete again after the recent defeat to Vasily Lomachenko. However, the former WBA Lightweight Champion gave us a glimpse direction his in ring career is heading: “I don’t know what my decision is going to be as a coach whether I take on more fighters. There’s going to be another night for me later in the year but I am enjoying it” A farewell at the Manchester Arena would be an amazing end to an incredible career for Morson’s Anthony Crolla and if this weekend is any indication, it looks like he may have a future just as bright outside the ring.

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    Should You Delete WhatsApp After the ‘Targeted’ Cyber-Attack?

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 3 MIN READ WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' cyber attack Following the attack, users are being urged to update the app Sam Menelaou, Executive Manager at Morson provides an insight into the importance of cyber security (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); ​ It has been revealed that the popular WhatsApp messaging app, which is owned by Facebook, has fallen victim to a targeted cyber-attack. The attack is thought to have targeted a select number of users and was orchestrated by "an advanced cyber actor”, reportedly Israeli security firm NSO Group. The hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software onto users’ mobile devices despite WhatsApp promoting itself as a secure communications app that has end-to-end encryption. The security was flawed due to the hackers being able to use the voice calling function to ring a targeted users’ device and place the surveillance software. The software would still be installed even if the call was not answered and engineers have stated that the people who were targeted may have had one or two missed calls from a number they did not know. A spokesperson from WhatsApp said: “The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware that takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems.” The BBC reported that Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey described the attack as a “pretty old-fashioned” method: "In a buffer overflow, an app is allocated more memory than it actually needs, so it has space left in the memory. If you are able to pass some code through the app, you can run your own code in that area.” "In VOIP there is an initial process that dials up and establishes the call, and the flaw was in that bit. Consequently, you did not need to answer the call for the attack to work." Who has been targeted? An official statement from WhatsApp revealed that it’s too early to determine how many people have been affected by the attack. However, it is believed that the hackers targeted specific users. It is believed that a human rights organisation and a UK based lawyer may have been targeted in the attack. So, what does this mean for you? Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to delete the app! The breach was discovered in early May and on Monday, WhatsApp advised its 1.5 billion users to update their app to the latest version as an added precaution. Updating the app ensures that any surveillance software that may be on your device is deleted and you are clear to continue using your phone as normal. Morson recruits for roles in cyber security… We understand that cyber security is seen as a top priority for modern businesses, data breaches and other cyber-attacks become increasingly common. Businesses need to ensure they have the right staff and skills in-house to protect themselves and their data, which has led to a steady increase in the demand for cyber security professionals. Morson has a wealth of experience in the IT sector and has been involved in recruiting professionals for cyber security jobs for many years. Our IT and Cyber Security divisions have grown drastically over the last few years both organically and through acquisitions including The Bridge-IT and Anderselite, with each member of our team providing new expertise and skills. Commenting on the WhatsApp data breach, Sam Menelaou, Executive Manager at Morson International said: “WhatsApp plays a pivotal part in everyone’s day to day life being one of the most used apps and form of communication via smartphones, which is why Facebook paid $19 billion to purchase WhatsApp back in 2014. Hearing about cyber attacks such as this makes you realise the importance of cyber security. We work with clients who have been subject to large cyber attacks themselves, and also help clients prepare and put the correct security in place for potential attacks. Cyber security is now an essential part of many companies, if not everyone.” Through the years we’ve spent supplying cyber security personnel, we’ve built strong working relationships with a variety of high-profile clients in the sector. We recruit for a variety of different roles, for both permanent and contract personnel, as well as those looking for more niche roles. If you would like to find out more about how our IT & Cyber Security recruitment division can help you, please email Sam Menelaou at to find out more.

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    Morson Put Mental Health in the Spotlight by Launching New Mental Health First Aider Programme

    MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS | 8 MIN READ​ It’s estimated that one in four people experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue in any given year and at any one time. 15% have taken time off work due to mental health reasons. Of these, 28% were off work for more than a month 42% did not tell their employer they were off work because of their mental health One in six employees will be suffering from depression, anxiety, or stress-related issues right now. (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Over the last few years, mental health has, quite rightfully, been in the spotlight. More than ever, people are realising the impact of poor mental health both inside and outside the workplace – as such mental wellbeing is high on the agenda for most employers. The topic of mental health isn’t new to us at Morson – it’s been part of our conversation for several years. Our activity has centred on creating a culture and working environment which is open, unbiased and inclusive, underpinned by professional support and resources for employees in need. Our workforce has received training on mental and emotional wellbeing and last year we surveyed our contractor population and published a whitepaper, aimed at reducing stigma and changing attitudes. Click here to read our mental health whitepaper which includes more insights from our contractor survey supported by powerful personal stories of our own employees and ex-Morson sponsored boxer Ricky Hatton. Our latest initiative goes further to weave a solid support network into our working culture. Our Mental Health First Aider programme provides personal support across our UK office network. We spoke to Heather Deering, Health, Wellbeing and Engagement Partner to find out more about the scheme: “Morson’s Mental Health First Aiders are colleagues who are trained to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis in the same way that a physical first aider would. They’re able to recognise the warning signs of mental ill health or emotional distress, approach discussions in a sensitive and non-judgemental manner, and guide people to appropriate resources if they need them.” “For us, putting Mental Health First Aiders in place across the business is a way of demonstrating that it’s okay to talk about mental health in the workplace, it’s to encourage anybody who is experiencing distress to reach out for help, and then actually providing that help.” Watch the full video below We asked out Mental Health First Aiders what inspired them to join the programme… At Morson, we recognise that mental wellbeing is more than just the absence of mental health issues – it’s a state of contentment, the ability to respond well to everyday stresses and to contribute to and participate in the world around us. We have a fantastic family culture at Morson where everyone strives to help each other as much as they can. That’s why finding volunteers to become Mental Health First Aiders was an easy task for us. Some of our volunteers share what inspired them to sign up and help people across the business… Leonie Kellar, Resourcer and MHFA at Morson International said: “Just the opportunity to really help people, I’ve also worked in a hospital before helping people with mental health issues as part of my college course.” Gareth Morris, Morson Group’s HSQE Director and MHFA added: “I’ve been touched with it with various immediate members of my family and it’s always been there in my mind that I look after health in terms of health and safety and health includes physical wellbeing and also mental wellbeing and that mental wellbeing is as equally important as physical wellbeing.” “Looking after the staff is so important because the staff are our assets and if people are well they are productive, they’re happy and they get more out of work and we get more out of work as well.” Research shows that being in work can have a positive impact on a person’s mental health. Apart from obvious benefits like providing a source of income, work can provide a powerful sense of identity, the opportunity to connect and build relationships with others, and a way to build self-esteem through achieving and contributing to a collective goal. Michaela Elliot, Recruiter and MHFA at Morson International discussed the need for conversation: “We need to get people out there talking. The statistics show that there are so many people out there that are not talking and if we are able to get one person talking that will help as many people that need the help and let them know that we are here to support them and to guide them to the correct people that they can speak to.” But what support is available to Morson employees? In terms of reactive support when somebody is having a tough time, we now have the Mental Health First Aider network in place, and we’re working hard to make sure it’s well publicised and feels accessible. We understand that some people might feel comfortable speaking to a familiar face, whereas others might prefer to speak to somebody who doesn’t really know them, who might be many miles away in a different office. We also offer the Employee Assistance Programme where our colleagues have 24/7, confidential access to trained counsellors who they can speak to over the phone or online, and that’s completely external to Morson. Our Mental Health First Aiders discuss the importance of their role and how they hope to help: Leonie said: “Someone’s actually got the opportunity to speak to someone if they need to, even if it isn’t necessarily that they’re in a crisis, they’ve got the opportunity to speak to somebody and help them through any issues or guide them in the right place.” Gareth added: “It’s just conversations. It’s people coming to you or you bumping into people and having a general conversation when you’re in the breakout area… How are you? How are things? And if people do show signs that they have some anxiety or stress then to perhaps give them guidance in where they can go for support.” As part of our mental health awareness initiative, we have responded to employee feedback requesting more practical guidance around mental health in the workplace. As a result, we have created a new toolkit which looks at subjects such as signs and signals someone might be experiencing a mental health issue and how to approach a conversation around mental health. Click below to download the toolkit.Every Mental Health First Aider at Morson has a white lanyard as opposed to the red lanyard that the rest of our employees wear. This ensures that our First Aiders are easily identifiable to someone who may need to chat if they wish to do so. Leonie chats about their importance: “I know when we initially did the training there weren’t many people that were aware that we’d even done it or who the Mental Health First Aiders were. So now its raising awareness, one of mental health and also who to speak to if you need to.” Mental health is something that Morson is serious about and we’ve detailed our commitment very clearly to both our employees to ensure they know what support is available and where to go for it. “The key point for me is that our Mental Health Strategy is an ongoing thing – we as a HR team are completely receptive to hearing thoughts and feelings about our initiatives, and I encourage anybody who has suggestions about what we can be doing to get in touch with me and share them.” – Heather Deering, Health, Wellbeing and Engagement Partner. If you’re struggling with a mental health issue and would like to speak to someone or seek support, you can contact the Samaritans’ free helpline number 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 116 123.

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    The Recruitment COO | Fitness Matters: The Impact of Strong Health and Wellbeing Initiatives Can Be Seen Business-Wide

    THE RECRUITMENT COO | EXPLORING THE FRONTIERS OF RECRUITMENT, LEADERSHIP & STRATEGY with Adrian Adair Adrian Adair is our Chief Operating Officer and has spearheaded significant market expansion, positioning Morson Group as the go-to strategic recruitment partner of choice across all sectors, both in the UK and overseas. Adrian’s leadership style places inclusivity at the heart of how the business acts and thinks. By identifying a future leadership team which is diverse and future facing, Adrian has curated a pipeline of talent which will strengthen the Morson Group's reputation as one of the most forward-thinking and ambitious recruiters. In The Recruitment COO, Adrian writes about leadership, talent and inclusivity as well as mistakes and motivation. From recruiter to the c-suite, Adrian is not a ‘thought leader’ – he’s an action taker, a change maker and an innovator. I was over with our rail training division, Morson Vital Training, having a quarterly catch-up with head of training Matthew Leavis when he introduced me to a brand-new initiative Operations & Apprenticeship Manager, Andrew Robinson, was launching. It had been noted that some of the apprentices were struggling with the manual labour elements of their jobs, partly since they hadn’t really undertaken any intense physical activity like that before. Consequently, the drop out rate was increasing, as was the risk of injury associated with lifting. Fitness Matters is the new 6-week initiative that’s been launched by MVT in partnership with CrossFit QYS in Salford. It aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of our 2019 L2 Engineering Apprentices as well as enhance their work readiness before they enter the operational rail engineering programme. Andy told me that the third session would be taking place after our meeting, so eager to see how the apprentices were getting on, I decided to head over to the gym with them. During the 90-minute session, the apprentices learned technical lifts associated with functional fitness. They also undertook strength and conditioning exercises before splitting into pairs to complete a number of challenges which required cooperation. It was great to meet with and join in with the exercises of some of the apprentices who will be our on-site ambassadors into the future. It was a tough session! Like a lot of our initiatives, this one works on several levels. Not only does it improve the apprentices’ general fitness levels (also valuable outside of the workplace), it allows them to work in a more efficient and more importantly safe way. Plus, the teamwork-oriented challenges develop vital teamwork skills and helped identify those who might be future leaders. This is something that the rail industry is really on the lookout for in the talent pool as large, long term projects loom on the horizon. It’s a win-win! This got me thinking about our wider business and our MorFit programme. We’ve always had a commitment to health and wellbeing from board level, but as our business has grown it’s made more sense to develop this further. Hence, we’ve created a new role within the business – Health, Wellbeing & Engagement Partner. This dedicated role is responsible for pulling all of our initiatives and activities around health and wellbeing into a cohesive strategy, and gives employees across the Morson Group a point of contact to have their say on all aspects of wellbeing; from company culture, work-life balance, and supporting physical health, to providing a forum for employees to tackle any mental health issues. The latter point is something of particular importance to us, to the extent that we’ve also trained up a network of mental health first aiders across the business. These are colleagues specially trained to identify, understand, and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue, and deal with an emergency situation. Crucially, this holistic approach allows strategies and initiatives to be devised that are reflective of what colleagues across the business are looking for. I like to get involved in MorFit as much as I can, be that yoga or the more intense physical sessions. The fact that I’m keenly into fitness myself aside, it’s good to be leading from the front and setting an example. It’s also a great opportunity to mingle with employees that I might not usually interact with on a daily basis. Companies need to bring health and wellbeing to the top of their agendas across their operation, and I’m proud to be part of a company that has not only embraced this for our direct workforce, but also the future generation of contractors that will serve our clients’ needs well into the future. Read more from Adrian's Recruitment COO blog here

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    Morson Shortlisted In Global Recruiter Awards For Best Large Recruitment Business 2019

    MORSON NEWS | 2 MIN READ​ Morson shortlisted in Global Recruiter Industry Awards The tenth annual awards will be presented in London in June Morson has been shortlisted in the Global Recruiter Industry Awards in the category of Large Recruitment Business of the Year. Celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2019, the Global Recruiter Industry Awards have an unprecedented reputation in the industry for recognising the best and the brightest. Our submission highlighted client diversification to allow us to maintain growth despite budget cuts in our core sectors of nuclear, defence and aerospace and the challenges posed by Brexit. This generated several large client wins in construction, professional services and IT. It also highlighted our cost saving work with Manchester Airport Group, with whom we recently signed a three-year contract extension. Significantly, the submission highlighted how we use our size, position and strength to challenge status quos, with ED&I embedded into our DNA with a programme that seeks to attract recruits from underrepresented groups into the industries that we work in that suffer from the greatest levels of inequality. Working with groups like the Girls' Network to promote and develop female interest in engineering and apprenticeships a well as appointing our first ever diversity ambassador in Northern Power Women CEO Simone Roche has been integral to this. Morson celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019 and a series of celebratory events have been taking place to mark this milestone. The centrepiece will be a party for all employees in July, bringing together past and present employees of the business to celebrate our success together. We will be up against NES Global, La Fosse Associates, PMP Recruitment and Talent for the award. The ceremony will take place at Café de Paris in London on 20th June 2019. Start your candidate journey with us by uploading your CV and kicking off your job search

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    Future Space Missions Light Up with Rare Chemical Element, Americium

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 4 MIN READ​ A team of scientists led by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) in the UK have generated electricity from a rare chemical element that has been derived from plutonium The electricity it generates could power future space missions for up to 400 years Watch the video to find out more (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); A team of scientists led by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) in the UK have generated electricity from a rare chemical element that has been derived from plutonium, called americium. The electricity it generates could power future space missions for up to 400 years. The scientists have partnered with Leicester University to extract americium from the UK’s plutonium stockpile. They used the generated heat from this highly radioactive material to generate an electric current which was able to light up a small lightbulb within a special shielded area in NNL’s Central Laboratory in Cumbria. The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has stated that americium could be used to power systems for space missions which would use the heat from americium pellets to power spacecraft heading into deep space or to challenging environments on planet surfaces where other power sources, such as solar panels, no longer function.A huge benefit of this would be that space missions would be able to continue sending images and data to Earth for longer than would otherwise be possible. Tim Tinsley, NNL’s account director for the project, said: “Seeing this lightbulb lit is the culmination of a huge amount of specialist technical work carried out by the teams from NNL and Leicester, working in collaboration with other organisations such as ESA and UK Space Agency.” “Leicester University’s capability in the development of the radioisotope power systems was complimented by NNL’s expertise in handling and processing americium in our… lab facilities. It is great to think that americium can be used in this way, recycling something that is a waste from one industry into a significant asset in another.” Watch the video Keith Stephenson, ESA programme lead added: “The unrivalled energy density of nuclear power sources enables a whole range of missions that would be otherwise impossible. This successful collaboration between the nuclear and space sectors has created a brand-new capability for Europe and opens the door to a future of ambitious and exciting exploration of our solar system.” The technical programme to deliver this world first has been running for several years, supported by funding from the government’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department through the UK Space Agency and its ongoing participation in European Space Agency (ESA) programmes. (Image and video sourced via UKNNL) Ready to progress your career? Search the latest Aerospace and Defence jobs with Morson. Or, if you want to receive the latest industry news, top blogs and thought leadership content, subscribe to our newsletter here.

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    Championing Diversity on Track | Safety Matters

    SAFETY MATTERS | 4 MIN READ Morson International sponsor Women in Rail's mentoring programme. Our pledge to double the number of female contractors by 2020 has risen from 7.5% to 13.8% within the past 12 months. We speak to Gary Smithson, Associate Director at Morson International to find out more. (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); We are committed to improving diversity, inclusion and equality across all sectors in which we operate. So, in addition to pledging to double the number of female engineers that we employ by 2020, which has already risen from 7.5% to 13.8% within the past 12 months, we are proud to announce Morson International as a sponsor of Women in Rail’s mentoring programme. The nine-month programme accurately matches aspiring female mentees with successful mentors from across the rail industry to guarantee success, by moulding and accelerating a diverse talent pool. In order to champion diverse thinking, cross-fertilisation of ideas and boost networks within the UK rail sector, the programme matches mentees with a mentor from another business based on their location, personal interests, technical skills and experience. Now in its fifth year, Women in Rail aims to build on in its 260 pairs established in 2017, a considerable increase on the first 12 matches back in 2014, by collaborating with Moving Ahead: a specialist company behind the mentoring programmes in some of the UK’s largest and most well-known businesses.Gary Smithson, associate director for Morson International, said: “We’ve been a big supporter and champion of Women in Rail for a number of years, including their annual awards and Big Rail Diversity Challenge.” “Diversity is good for the industry and if we’re to reap the same commercial rewards as other, more diverse sectors, then we must address the issues within our own sector in order to rebalance gender ratios.” “This programme is a fantastic avenue to develop and harness some of the best female talent within our industry, gain valuable insights on what holds females back from entering rail professions and share best practice on retaining great people. Diversity is an issue that’s affecting our entire sector and one that we’re working on together with our clients and supply chain to make sure we are doing everything that we can to overcome.” “We have so many talented, intelligent and ambitious females working throughout our rail operations and will be placing a number of these on the 2018 mentoring programme to give them the additional skills and attributes to reach their full potential.” Read more about how we’re changing behaviours on track here. Adelne Ginn, general counsel at Angel Trains and founder of Women in Rail, added: “We are delighted to have launched our “repowered” Mentoring Programme this year, which looks at matching mentors to mentees from across the rail industry. Mentoring involves developing an individual to achieve their full potential and in turn, believe in themselves.” “Our programme has been designed to encourage the next generation to champion diversity in the rail industry and evolve to support men, as well as women, transport as well as rail and women internally as well as across the UK. We could not have done this without your support as sponsors, so thank you from all at Women in Rail.” Download our latest issue of Safety Matters to read more about everything from health and safety innovation and project wins to top tips and case studies. Or, to search for our latest jobs, click here.

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    Salford Trailblazers attend USA/UK Industry STEM Dinner!

    MORSON NEWS | 2 MIN READ University of Salford engineering students, Alexandra Guy and Rosalie Benjamin were invited to join an American delegation of inspiring women engineers to discuss the future of women in STEM. Morson Group has pledged to increase the number of female engineering contractors by 50% by 2020 and are well on their way to doing this. (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); On Wednesday 10th April, University of Salford engineering students, Alexandra Guy (3rd-year Aeronautical Engineering) and Rosalie Benjamin (2nd Year Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies) were invited to join an American delegation of inspiring women engineers to discuss the future of women in STEM. The Salford University students were part of this industry discussion to share what work both students are doing to champion gender equality here at Salford. Alexandra Guy said: “I had an absolutely amazing time at the Trailblazers STEM evening speaking to everyone! All the participants were so supportive of each other and all so passionate about what they do, and I think that’s such an amazing thing to see in the industry.” She also comments: “I wouldn’t think twice about doing this type of event again. Being able to inspire, and have a say in what should be involved to engage future generations, is definitely something to get involved in.” This opportunity was organised by Marilyn Comrie OBE, Director of the Blair Project. The Blair Project is a disruptive social enterprise that exists to inspire the next generation of high-tech engineers through electric karting and digital manufacturing & design project-based activities. The Maker Space, and partners, global technical recruitment company, Morson Group have developed good relationships with Marilyn and the Blair Project and are working with them to bring exciting opportunities like this to our students, but also to discuss challenging issues, problem solve and inspire students to make a change. Dr Maria Stukoff, Director of the Maker Space added: “Such events highlight the importance of championing female role models studying and working in STEM subjects and normalising females in STEM roles, breaking down stigma and challenging outdated viewpoints from primary school to University and into employment”. Morson Group has pledged to increase the number of female engineering contractors by 50% by 2020 and are well on their way to doing this. The Maker Space is sponsoring, with Morson Group, the STEMinist Society, a student society set up with the goal to champion gender equality in STEM subjects across the Schools. We are also very proud to support the University’s Athena Swan charter to recognise the advancement of gender equality across campus. You can get involved in the STEMinist Society by contacting Carmen Cusack on Ready to progress your career? Search the latest opportunities with Morson.

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    Bentley Motors Invest in Sustainability by Installing the UK’s Largest Solar Car Port

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ The largest UK solar car port has been installed at Bentley’s factory in Crewe The system could reduce CO2 by 3,300 tonnes per year 100% of Bentley’s on-site electricity will now be produced by either solar panels or purchased as certified green energy (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Bentley Motors is leading the way in sustainable energy by installing the UK’s largest solar carport at their factory headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire. Bentley Motors is one of the most sought-after luxury car brands in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines, Bentayga, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. Bentley employs around 4,000 people who are based at their Crewe headquarters. The installation reinforces their commitment to sustainable energy and means that in the company’s centenary year – all electricity used to manufacture every Bentley is solar or certified green. The installation of 10,000 solar panels, which have a capacity of 2.7MW, cover 1,378 car parking spaces and an area of 16,426m², enough to cover two football pitches. Commenting on Bentley’s investment, Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said: “It’s important to look ahead and prepare the business for the next 100 years by investing significantly in our products, our people and our site infrastructure. This includes new initiatives that reinforce our commitment to the environment.” “Whether this is introducing alternative powertrain technologies in future models, or our award-winning work to reduce the environmental impact of our factory, these sustainable measures strengthen our desire to lead the way in sustainable luxury mobility.” The solar car port takes Bentley’s total on-site solar panel energy capacity to 7.7MW, enough to cover over 1,750 homes. This includes the 2013 rooftop installation of 20,815 panels with the total number of individual solar panels on site in Crewe now 30,815. TOP BLOG | Read how the Bloodhound Project Inspires a New Generation of Engineers The car port was installed by FlexiSolar, the innovative solar car port specialist with the project backed by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency driven to support the science and technology initiatives that will grow the UK economy. Involved in over 2 out of every 3 vehicles built in the UK every day, Morson has some of the most exciting automotive jobs in the motor industry. Search Automotive and Motorsport jobs now.

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    Podium Finish For Morson's Bid Writer In World Championship Duathlon

    e MORSON SPORT | 5 MIN READ Morson Bid Writer Charlotte Halkyard finishes on world championship podium in Spain Duathlon is the third time Charlotte has represented Great Britain on the international stage (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); We're delighted that our bid writer Charlotte Halkyard, part of our #TeamMorson sponsored athletes, finished in a podium third place at the 2019 Pontevedra ITU Duathlon World Championships in the 25-29 Female category. Taking place on 27th April 2019 in the northern Spanish town of Pontevedra, the duathlon consisted of a running leg (5km), followed by a cycling leg (20km) and was rounded off by an extra running leg (2.5km). She finished with a total time of 01:11:40, making her the third fastest in the world and the second fastest British entrant. Charlotte joined Morson's proud roster of #TeamMorson sponsored athletes which includes world champion boxer Callum Smith, champion horse racing trainer Paul Nicholls and Sale Sharks rugby club. This is the third year she has raced internationally for Great Britiain, and her previous highlights include the Duathlon World Championships In 2017 (Pentiction, Canada), and 2018 (Fyn, Denmark) where she finished in 4th place in both races. Acknowledging the frustration of finishing so close to the podium, Charlotte felt this 3rd place finish was her taking care of unfinished business. We spoke to Charlotte about her experience, her feelings about her podium finish, the Morson sponsorship and her next race: Talk us through your raceday experience. I actually arrived in Spain on Thursday, so I made sure I did a bike recce of the course after race briefing on Friday. We get given the details of the race course in advance, but there's nothing like running or riding it yourself to know where you can ease off or attack. I knew after this that I needed to focus my energy and efforts on the first 10km of the bike race. On race days I wake up around 5:30am, make my porridge and try to keep the nerves in check for as long as possible! We had to rack our bikes in transition the night before, so race morning consisted of heading into transition to check in my helmet, trainers and nutrition. The male athletes set off about 45 minutes ahead of us, so after watching the first few waves of age groups athletes go, it was time for me to warm up and stretch. We all set off at a rapid pace, as always happens with these races - you hit the course hard and fast, hoping you can hold the pace for as long as possible. The reality was for me, 2.5km in the 5km run, I was struggling. The first few hills took a lot out of me and I was losing the lead pack. I knew if I was going to stay in touch of lead pack after first transition, I couldn’t drop off the pace too much. As I went into the first transition, I was unsure if I’d dropped too much to make it back, but I knew that the bike leg worked in my favour. A lot of the runners were worried about the uphill climb, but for me it was where I was going to gain some time back. Unfortunately, I had to work much harder than I had planned to catch onto a pack. In a drafting race, you have to get a decent group of riders to gain your time back, working together. If you’re left solo on a drafting race, it’s a killer! I could see a pack ahead of me, and every uphill I gained on them a bit more, every downhill they pulled away. I kept working and I knew I was picking off a few of the speedy runners, and I managed to catch the lead pack on the turnaround point 10km in, feeling fairly broken. The descent on the bike was quick, comfortably hitting 45mph. I knew coming back into transition I had gained a few places back overall, but I didn’t know how many people in my age group were ahead of me already out on the run. The second run is always brutal, you have jelly legs, and I had given so much on the bike course. I had no idea at that stage I was the quickest in my age group on the bike course by over a minute, and it had put me into 3rd place in my age group. Crossing the finish line is a bit of an odd emotion; you’re exhausted, desperate to know how you’ve done, and still on a huge adrenaline high. I had no idea until my husband told me I had placed 3rd, and then the emotion hit. Years of hard work had finally paid off!" Did you do anything different to prepare for the temperatures of Spain? We race pretty early in the morning (typically anywhere between 7am-9:00am) so the temperatures are normally cooler. The problem is with racing abroad, the temperatures jump very quickly. Unlike at home, where it stays a similar temperature for a few hours, I have noticed abroad that it can jump from early teens to early 20’s in an hour or two. It was a decision to be left till the last minute on race day if to wear a base layer or not. Once you commit to wearing one, you have to wear it for the race. So it’s always a last minute decision - you don’t want to be too hot or too cold, but the reality is with adrenaline going and when you’re giving you’re everything, it’s only on the downhill descent on the bike you’ll feel the cold unless you’re in single figures! What’s it like to be sponsored by your employer? Having the support of your employer makes a huge difference. Training around 10 sessions a week with 4:30am alarms is hard work. You sacrifice a lot, so knowing you having the backing of Morson really changes things! My life is run to a fairly tight schedule Monday - Friday, when I need to get up, eat, train, work, sleep, and do it all again tomorrow. Genuinely knowing your employer backs and supports what you do (in what in reality is a hobby) makes things much easier, and takes off a little bit of pressure. I’m incredibly grateful to Ged and Morson for backing me on this crazy journey! What’s next in line for you? I have three other international races this year for Great Britain, in Netherlands (triathlon), Romania (duathlon) and Switzerland (triathlon). The competition is going to be seriously tough in some of the races so it’s going to mean some hard work and training between now and then, and fingers crossed I can be representing Morson on the podium again soon! I'm also taking part in their '100 miles in a day' challenge for charity in June! At Morson our sports sponsorships are borne out of an ambition to attract skilled, hard working individuals to build high performing teams, whether on the rugby pitch, in the ring or in the world of work. Our sport stars showcase the behaviours which we champion; team work, dedication and the ability to over come challenges. Our work with our sport stars spans beyond sponsorship and enables us to inspire our clients, candidates and employee's and give back to the communities in which we work #TeamMorson. Find out more about our sporting sponsorships here.

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    A Vital Intervention | The Introduction of Trespass and Vandalism Patrollers Saves More Than 50 Lives on Track

    SAFETY MATTERS | 2 MIN READ Vital Human Resources was approached by Network Rail 18 months ago to address rising disruption on the LNE and EM route and therefore placed 12 trespass and vandalism patrollers. As a result, there has been a 53% reduction in suicides within the Thameslink area. Read more about how the patrollers spent more than 157,000 hours within some of the railway’s most vulnerable locations. (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Since Vital Human Resources was approached by Network Rail 18 months ago to address rising disruption on the LNE and EM route, there has been a 53% reduction in suicides within the Thameslink area thanks to the outstanding work of our 12 trespass and vandalism patrollers. Within the contract’s first year, our patrollers spent more than 157,000 hours within some of the railway’s most vulnerable locations. This resulted in more than 50 lifesaving interventions along the Thameslink lines of the route alone, with Iman Masoud, who you may recognise from our summer 2018 edition after saving the life of a suicidal woman, completing three of these interventions. Following a hugely successful trial, Network Rail has since extended the scheme for the next five years, which will see 40 Vital trespass and vandalism patrollers working alongside train operators and the British Transport Police (BTP) throughout the routes. Travelling in pairs, our growing team of trained patrollers respond to issues regarding unauthorised access that may impact rail operations, whilst helping keep rail passengers and rail staff safe. Each receives extensive training from the Samaritans and the BTP on how to how to intervene in suicide attempts as well as safeguarding prevention and trauma. Our patrollers have already been involved in a number of potentially lifesaving interventions, with each undergoing rigorous applications to ensure they have the right personality, values and mindset to deliver such an important role. Combined with extensive experience, which has seen some of the patrollers working along these same routes for almost 30 years, the patrollers will also engage in a growing community programme to educate those living and working locally to highlight the issue of suicide on the rail network, the impact of mental health and educate local school children on the dangers and consequences of trespassing to promote help-seeking behaviours. To support the outstanding work of our patrollers, we recently rolled a new fleet of vehicles equipped with the necessary equipment to aid what they do. The 20 new Peugeot Partner 5 Seater Crew Vans have been specially designed in partnership with Network Rail and contain a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, detonator box and holder, and more. Visually, they provide a similar look and feel to a police vehicle, complete with flashing sirens and chequered flags to ensure they are instantly identifiable to the public, whilst ultimately providing a safe location for anyone who is vulnerable whilst waiting for additional support from the BTP. We cannot praise our team of patrollers highly enough for the superb work they do every single day and look forward to growing our network of patrol staff and supporting the wider work of Network Rail and BTP in keeping people safe. Download our latest issue of Safety Matters to read more about everything from health and safety innovation and project wins to top tips and case studies. Or, to search for our latest jobs, click here.

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