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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 

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 

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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    Morson Partner With Innovative Recruitment Technology SniperAI

    Morson have partnered with RecruitmentSMART and their game-changing recruitment sourcing and screening technology, SniperAI. As part of our commitment to utilising the latest technology to aid in the recruitment process and following on from our further development of our end-to-end recruitment platform Vencuro, Morson have partnered with the system to improve our service offering to clients. The partnership will initially be in the form of a three month pilot period to enable integration with existing in-house systems and processes. With the recruitment process often slowed down by the labour-intensive process of sorting through a vast number of applications, SniperAI provides a game-changing technology that incorporates machine learning and auto screening to match job specifications to potential candidate CV’s at rapid speed. The technology can also leverage CV’s from older applications, meaning that potentially suitable historic applicants can still be matched with newer roles. This allows recruiters to spend time in candidate engagement rather than sourcing. Furthermore, the SniperAI technology removes any bias in terms of gender, age, background and more, which helps achieve greater diversity in the workplace. Some of the other unique features of SniperAI include a candidate skills gap map and training recommendations for candidates based on their latest CV information. The system supports over 100 languages. SniperAI featured as Recruiter magazine’s Game Changer technology in 2017. Ultimately, the system aims to save time, waste and further streamline the recruitment process, offering cost savings that are transferrable to clients. Stinus Andersen, head of information systems at Morson, said “We have chosen to partner with RecruitmentSMART because we believe the solution to be the most advanced and agile AI solution for recruitment in the market right now. We expect an almost immediate return on investment, as well as improved service to our many clients.” “The recruitment market is growing at an increasing rate due to skills shortages, emerging markets and an aging workforce. Like Morson, businesses are constantly upgrading their IT systems to meet the challenge of sourcing candidates quicker and more cost-effectively.” “We feel our SniperAI technology is a great fit for the business and their existing suite of recruitment technology, and we look forward to forming a great partnership.” Kurt van den Eynden Director of Sales says: “As a leader in Recruitment Process Outsourcing, we are delighted to welcome Morson Group as a new client. Enterprise-ready Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning for recruitment is rapidly changing how talent acquisition is done by freeing up recruiter time that may now be utilised to enhance both candidate and client experiences” Yusuf Jazakallah, Co-Founder at Recruitment Smart, said: “As and early pioneer of AI technology, we understand, better than most, the evolving role of talent acquisition and the opportunity for AI to support the fast moving talent industry, and have seen the immediate impact our technology has had on organisations of all sizes."

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    How to become a Concrete Finisher

    With continuous investment in infrastructure, there are good opportunities in the UK road construction industry for workers at all levels. Read on to find out more about the skills you’ll need and discover whether concrete finisher jobs are the right fit for you. RATES £16-40k dependent on experience HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS Driving Licence, NVQ, City & Guilds What do concrete finisher jobs involve? If you can handle physically demanding work in all weathers, a career as a concrete finisher might be for you. The work can involve periods away from home, staying in sites all over the country. On busy carriageways, a lot of work is carried out overnight and at weekends to minimise disruption. You’ll be operating heavy machinery and will need a good eye for interpreting technical plans and drawings. Typical day-to-day tasks for concrete finisher jobs: Building, widening and resurfacing roads, including repairing cracks and potholes Laying pavements, maintaining roadside verges and central reservations Painting road markings, and erecting crash barriers, road signs, traffic lights and street lamps Digging trenches for cables and pipes Gritting roads and clearing snow in winter What is a concrete finisher’s salary? Average salaries vary according to location and the scale and nature of projects. Entry-level pay is in the region of £16,000 – £20,000 per year. This can rise to between £30,000 and £40,000 with training and experience, for those in supervisory roles. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? A driving licence is usually essential, plus the following additional skills and expertise: Qualifications to operate plant and machinery including backhoe excavators, dumper trucks, bulldozers and tracked vehicles. Physical resilience to cope with the demands of heavy outdoor work in all weathers and throughout the year. Practical skills to operate power tools and lighter machinery. The ability to read and interpret technical drawings and plans. What qualifications do I need? You’ll need a driving licence and if you’re operating heavy plant and machinery, you’ll need a Level 2 NVQ Certificate and Diploma in Plant Operations (6561). Many of the core skills are covered by City & Guilds 6157 ‘Streetworks Excavation and Reinstatement”. The course covers essential topics such as location and avoidance of underground apparatus, safety signage, lighting and guarding, with two “key certificates” in the above for supervisors. Completing an apprenticeship in construction and the built environment or construction civil engineering opens up wider opportunities in specialist road construction for bridges and tunnels. What are the hours and conditions? Concrete finishers usually work around 37 hours a week, starting early in the morning. In addition, you may have to work overtime during evenings, nights and weekends, although this creates an opportunity to boost your earnings. Road construction work goes on in all weathers. It can be noisy, dirty and physically demanding. As well wearing ear protectors, a hard-hat and safety boots, you’ll need to wear hi-vis clothing, especially if you’re working close to open carriageways where traffic is still passing. It’s not uncommon for road builders to travel the country to different sites, staying overnight close to the work location. Career progression With the right training and experience, you could become a roadworks team supervisor, known as a ‘ganger’. In addition, there may be opportunities for the right candidates to progress into roles in planning and engineering, working for larger contractors, government agencies and local authorities. Areas of specialism There are good prospects for progression into specialist fields like bridge building, tunnelling and motorway construction and maintenance, especially for those with the right training and qualifications, including apprenticeships in aspects of civil engineering and the built environment. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    Morson Sport - Highlights of 2018 #TeamMorson

    MORSON SPORT | 5 MIN READ 2018 was another great year for Morson Sport; whether it be title wins for our fighters in the arena of Boxing, the continued growth of Morson sponsored, Sale Sharks or prestigious races won in the world of horse racing. Horse Racing Morson were proud to organise an exclusive press day at Paul Nicholl’s stables last February in Ditcheat, Somerset. The racing post, the press association and other local national press attended the event with invitations to the gallops, a parade of the Cheltenham runners and a Q&A event at the Manor House Inn open to all guests. Rising star and Morson ambassador, Bryony Frost finished an impressive fifth at the Grand National and at 22 years old, the daughter of 1989 winner, Jimmy Frost has plenty of time to secure the title herself and make history as the first female to win the iconic race: The highlight of the year for Morson in the Equestrian sport came in the final month when Clans Des Obeux of Nicholl’s stable won the prestigious King George VI chase. Ridden by jockey, Harry Cobden, this was the first time in four years that Nicholls won the King George and was his 10th win overall. (Image courtesy of Sky News) Boxing Since Ricky Hatton proudly sported the Morson brand heading into his colossal clashes with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao 10 years ago, our company has been at the forefront of some of the biggest nights in recent British boxing history and last year was no different. A range of fighters at various stages of their career represented Team Morson throughout the year but there is only one man that we can start off with and that is the World Boxing Super Series winner, Callum Smith. Smith recorded wins over Nieky Holzken and George Groves to secure the prestigious Ali Trophy and won the WBA Super Middleweight title, securing his lifelong dream of winning a world championship in the process. Morson followed Smith extensively throughout the camps for both fights offering in depth behind the scenes access to an athlete reaching the pinnacle of the sport and Callum even brought the trophy and his belt to Adamson House! On top of this Anthony Crolla recorded a win on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker in front of 78,000 fans and followed this up by defeating Daud Yordan in November. This now sets up a massive bout with the immensely talented, Vasyl Lomachenko next year. Tasha Jonas finished the year with a record of 2-1 after three fights in 2018, with all of those taking places in front of large audiences on Sky Sports, we are certain the former Olympian will come back from her first professional defeat better than ever. Promising young bantamweight Osman Aslam joined the Morson team in April and added another 3 wins to his growing resume. The 24-year-old Boltonian has been compared to his close friend, Amir Khan in terms of his fierce speed and pin point accuracy and Morson caught up with both men ahead of their respective fights on September 8th. Scott Quigg, Nathan Gorman, Liam Taylor and Robbie Davies also rounded off the year with significant wins, positioning Morson for an even more exciting 2019 for our fighters. Morson were also proud to work alongside Kieran Farrell Promotions for the third successive year with three stacked events hosted by the Middleton man. After two solid shows in Bury and Middleton, Kieran saved the best till last with his biggest show to date at The University of Bolton stadium. The near sell out in the Whites hotel was such a success that the former central area champion will be bringing another action-packed show there in March 2019. Rugby Union Morson CEO Ged Mason’s co- owned team Sale Sharks improved on their 10th place position from the 16/17 Season to eighth in the 17/18 season. With the project growing each year, so is the quality of talent joining the side with notable signings such as Chris Ashton adding excitement to the club. The vast array of talent the side possesses has been on display for all to see in recent months. After a tough start due to injuries and international commitments to the likes of World Player of the Year nominee, Faf De Klerk, the Carrington based side are now unbeaten in their last five games in the Gallagher Premiership which is their best run since 2006. We attended the pre-season BBQ at Carrington and spoke to Steve Diamond, Mark Cueto, Simon Orange and Paolo Odogwu to hear their thoughts on the year ahead. On top of this we exclusively spoke with Chris Ashton, Marland Yarde and the Curry Brothers at the kit launch in early August. In addition to our work with the team, we also hosted a couple of eye opening events alongside the club and Sale Sharks Community Trust. The first of which was the ‘Balls to That’ mental health awareness session which was opened by the inspirational Craig Monaghan and Andy Reid. Andy Reid gave an insight into his mental health struggles after losing limbs in an IED blast in Afghanistan. Craig highlighted the importance of tackling issues head on and shed light on his journey since he survived an attack in Afghanistan. It was incredible to see how successful both men have become from such inner turmoil and their stories and advice were something those that attended will never forget. The importance of mental health was at the forefront of our second event alongside Sale Sharks, this time with a panel featuring the likes of Marland Yarde, Anthony Crolla and Kieran Farrell discussing their difficult experiences from life threatening brain injuries to adjusting to life on the side lines. The panel also informed those that attended what people in business can learn from those in sport and what skills are transferable in term of athletes approach their day to day life. Read more about our exclusive event here. Having been through the highlights, it’s clear that last year was a landmark year for Morson Sport and our athletes and ambassadors have positioned themselves for a tremendous 2019 #TeamMorson.

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    Rolls-Royce has Announced Plans to Build the Fastest All-Electric Plane in the World

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ Rolls-Royce will build the world's fastest electric plane with a target speed of 300+ MPH Funded by ACCEL, the plane delivers 90% energy efficiency with zero emissions An ambitious team from Rolls-Royce has set out plans to build the world’s fastest electric plane which is expected to reach a target speed of 300+ MPH (480+ KMH). The specialist team are working tirelessly in a ‘bustling hanger bay” at the far end of Gloucestershire airport in the South West to design and build a plane that is expected to make record books. The current record for the fastest all-electric plane is currently set at 210 mph by Siemens in 2017, however, Rolls-Royce aim to knock them off the top spot by 2020. Matheu Parr, ACCEL Project Manager for Rolls-Royce said: "This plane will be powered by a state-of-the-art electrical system and the most powerful battery ever built for flight. In the year ahead, we’re going to demonstrate its abilities in demanding test environments before going for gold in 2020 from a landing strip on the Welsh coastline." If successful, the development could lead to electrification of air travel across the globe. The ACCEL project The project is part of the government-funded initiative called ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight) which brings together a number of partners including the Aerospace Technology Institute and Electro Flight. To deliver this project, Rolls-Royce will have to build a battery that is powerful enough to beat current speed and performance records whilst still being light enough to fly and not overheat. “We’re monitoring more than 20,000 data points per second, measuring battery voltage, temperature, and overall health of the powertrain, which is responsible for powering the propellers and generating thrust. We’ve already drawn a series of insights from the unique design and integration challenges,” says Parr. “And we’re gaining the know-how to not only pioneer the field of electric-powered, zero-emissions aviation – but to lead it. At this point, our confidence is sky high.” The details Battery - Accel has the most energy-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft, providing enough power to fly 200 miles (London to Paris) on a single charge. Motors - The propeller is driven by three high power density electric motors designed and manufactured by YASA in the UK. Powertrain - The all-electric powertrain will run at 750 volts and delivers 90% energy efficiency with zero emissions Big data - For safety and performance optimisation purposes, sensors will collect in-flight information each second across more than 20,000 points on the powertrain, measuring battery voltage, temperature and general performance metrics We recruit for cutting edge Aerospace roles at Morson. Create an account to stay up to date with the latest opportunities or search our current vacancies here. (Images and quotes sourced via Rolls-Royce.com)

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    Event | Meet The Smiths | Fighting For Autism With Boxing's Most Famous Family

    The Smith brothers are boxing's most successful family. Throughout their careers the brothers have scooped British, WBO and WBC titles between them, and in in 2013, the family made history when three of the brothers claimed the British light-middleweight (Liam), super-featherweight (Stephen), and super-middleweight (Paul) belts at the same time. In September 2018, youngest brother Callum added a WBSS win to the collection along with the WBA and Ring magazine super-middleweight world titles. Hosted by Morson, join Callum, Liam, Stephen and Paul Smith for an intimate Q&A session in the heart of their home city of Liverpool, as they discuss their illustrious careers, Callum's recent WBA super middleweight title win and how they've used their time under the bright lights on fight nights to raise awareness of a condition close to their hearts - autism. This is a ticketed event - please register your place here​

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    Morson Launch 50th Anniversary Celebrations with '50 Weeks of Giving' Campaign

    Morson launch 50th anniversary celebrations by pledging to donate to 50 different worthy causes throughout the year. In 2019 Morson will celebrate half a century in business. To honour this land mark we have embarked on a programme of events, with charity and community at the heart. During the next 12 months we plan for every office worldwide across the Group to take part, nominating a charity in that region to support. Closer to home we are embarking to help the local community as part of our ’50 Weeks of Giving’ programme by providing donations each week to help schools, homeless shelters, elderly care homes, youth projects, animal welfare shelters and many other institutions in the Manchester area, beginning in January. In addition we will be working to raise money for our 2019 employee-chosen charities, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. As part of the Armed Forces Covenant and a recipient of the Ministry of Defence Gold Award one of our charity nominations this year reflects our continued work towards helping ex-forces veterans into civilian careers. Through this activity we aim to have our best ever year of fundraising, giving £500,000 throughout the year and surpassing the record of £160,000 raised in 2016. In the last 10 years we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as Salford University, the Seashell Trust, Destination Florida and Alzheimer's Society. Morson Group was formed by Gerry Mason, the late father of our current CEO Ged Mason, in the family home in Salford in 1969. Since formation, the head office of the company has never moved more than two miles away from its original location. We now occupy state-of-the-art premises on Centenary Way on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and this relationship with the local area is something that we are keen to celebrate throughout the year. “Manchester has always been a fantastic and vibrant place to conduct business. From our first office at our family home, to our current corporate headquarters, we have enjoyed working within the diverse and exciting business culture Manchester provides and we are proud of our roots.” - Ged Mason, CEO Growing to become the third largest technical recruiter in the world and the UK’s leading aerospace and rail recruiter, turning over more than £900million, we have a proud history, providing talent to many major engineering projects such as Channel Tunnel, Crossrail, Airbus A380, A350 and Eurofighter aircraft as well as nuclear power stations Sellafield and Sizewell. To mark our land mark anniversary we will be releasing a commemorative book which will chart both the history of the business as well as the growth and development of Manchester itself with interviews and features from several famous Mancunians – many of whom are associated with Morson. A digital time capsule will amplify the celebration of our achievements through an immersive online experience, which will take the user through the company's past, present and future. Both of these initiatives will bring together Morson’s sporting ambassadors; from horse racing, to ex-Manchester United players, to former world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla and the newly-crowned WBA super middleweight world champion Callum Smith, to Sale Sharks and more. To give back to the people who make Morson a success, a celebration event in July will bring our employees from all over the world together. Ged is keen to take the opportunity of our 50th year to reflect on how the business has grown and look forward to the future. “It’s great to live up to the company core value of giving and sprinkling some star dust where we can. I'm very proud of the Morson family and where we are now. As much as we are looking back when we celebrate our birthday, it's important that we look forward and keep driving on, at all times remembering that our greatest asset is our people. As my father used to say, 'there is no finish line, and that is the challenge.'” Morson have been re-thinking recruitment since 1969. Click here to find your next opportunity with us. For the latest updates on our 50th celebrations follow us @MorsonGroup #WeAre50

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    Why Manchester is a Great UK City for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

    TECHNOLOGY | 5 MIN READ We reveal why Manchester is a top technology hub for start-up growth Read how Vodafone has chosen MediaCityUK as the first location to test its full 5G service From cotton mills to digital transformation, Manchester is a hive of business activity. With an average turnover of £2.9bn, the fourth highest in the UK, it’s no surprise that start-up businesses and entrepreneurs thrive in this vibrant city. Recently, northern cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds are looking to drive forward the technology of tomorrow and there has been significant investment into revitalising the "Northern Powerhouse" and mobilising the inventive talent available. In this blog, we reveal why Manchester is a top technology hub for start-up growth. Access to emerging top talent Arguably, the UK’s second city, Manchester is now experiencing more growth, development and investment which has encouraged young talent to relocate to the area, seeking education and employment. With four universities on its doorstep, Manchester is home to some of the best young talent in the country – over 500,000 people live here, 39.5% of which are of working age with qualifications of NVQ Level 4 or above to be exact. 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. Collaboration opportunities Greater Manchester offers the perfect environment for start-ups and has excellent networks to provide opportunities for businesses both big and small. This is mostly thanks to support initiatives from the public and private sector including the local authorities and government-funded programmes. 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. The digital and creative hub, MediaCityUK has brought the likes of the BBC and ITV to the city creating yet another collaborate hub for like-minded individuals to work, share ideas and learn. Last year Vodafone announced that Media City will be the first location to test its new 5G service. A new Innovation Hub and technology incubator in Media City will give businesses, start-ups and tech innovators access to 5G, the Internet of Things, high-speed fibre and the very best technical resources available A more accessible city for entrepreneurs Manchester has a unique culture and if you are looking for the city life without paying London prices then it is the place for you. Lower rent costs encourage growing ‘scale up’ businesses to the area with the promise of progression and development opportunities. Excellent transport links provide entrepreneurs with the ability to get around the city to visit clients simply and easily. Transport costs are kept low to ensure Manchester continues to remain one of the most accessible cities in the country. Helping to fuel Manchester's booming reputation as a digital and creative leader is the abundance of co-working space across the region. Whether you need to rent low-cost business space in one of the many surrounding business and technology parks or you would prefer to rent a coworking space at a pay per minute ‘anti-café’. Manchester really does have it all. Morson recruit’s professionals for major tech companies throughout the UK. Register for free to keep up with the latest opportunities or view our current jobs here.

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    Why 2019 Could Be Huge For Morson's Boxing Stars

    After a stellar 2018 for Morson fighters, we could be looking at the biggest year yet in terms of the company’s involvement in the sport at the highest level. Three of Morson’s marquee ambassadors have positioned themselves for potential mega fights throughout 2019 with Callum Smith, Antony Crolla and Nathan Gorman all simultaneously ready for their defining moment. Callum Smith vs Golovkin/Canelo Callum Smith sealed his position amongst the elite at super middleweight by defeating George Groves to win the Ali Trophy back in September and a fight against one of the pound for pound best in the sport seems a near certainty. Even better, it will more than likely be in the UK. One of the names being heavily linked with Smith is the heavy hitting Kazakhstani, Gennady Golovkin. Promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSport last year that Golovkin was his ‘No. 1 choice for Callum next year’ and stated he had already spoken with GGG’s promoter. Hearn also entertained the possibility of the fight taking place at Anfield which has been a lifetime goal for Smith and has now been made possible after the stadium received the green light to host combat sports events for the first time last September. (Image courtesy of Sky Sports) During an exclusive interview with Morson, Mundo was asked whether fighting a big name like Golovkin at Anfield would top winning the Super Series: “I don’t know, I think winning the whole event of fighting at Anfield would probably top fighting in Saudi Arabia. Obviously being a Liverpool lad, I’d have all my home fans there and fighting at Anfield is something that I thought would never be possible” Another option on the table for Callum is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez who is currently ranked as the best active Boxer in the world today. The three weight World Champion recently defeated the aforementioned Golovkin and has a record of 51-1 -2, with notable wins over Amir Khan, Rocky Fielding and Callum’s brother, Liam Smith. Aside from the massive reputation of Canelo and the worldwide attention he brings to the sport, another incentive for this fight would be to avenge his brother’s defeat which would create for an interesting story. Whether it’s Golovkin or Canelo, it’s clear that this will be one of the biggest spectacles in boxing this year and Morson would be following the scouse star every step of the way. Anthony Crolla vs Vasyl Lomachenko Widely regarded as one the most technically gifted fighters ever to step inside a Boxing ring, Vasyl Lomachenko is the puzzle yet to be solved during this unstoppable stage of his career. Back in August, it was reported that Lomachenko may be interested in fighting Manchester’s beloved Anthony Crolla and soon after Crolla was matched against Daud Yordan to decide the number one contender for the Ukrainian’s WBA Super Lightweight title. Anthony subsequently defeated Yordan in November, setting up an encounter with one of the most respected athletes in the sport and the battle is likely to take place stateside as the former World Champion told Sky Sports: “If the fight gets made, it’s more than likely it would be in America... you’d imagine New York or Vegas” A win over Lomachenko would send shockwaves throughout the sport and arguably be greater than reclaiming the world title for Crolla. This would be another opportunity for a Morson fighter to etch their mark in history in 2019 and we hope Anthony gets his chance! (Image courtesy of Daily Mail/Getty) ​ Nathan Gorman vs Daniel Dubois Fans have clamoured throughout 2018 for this battle of two of Britain’s most exciting up and coming heavyweights and 2019 may very well be the year Morson’s Nathan Gorman faces off with Daniel Dubois. The young stars have captured the attention of many in the sport with the Frank Warren pushing both heavily on BT Sport and both boasting undefeated records in their short careers. The two have a long history as they were teammates in the GB amateur squad and even shared a flat together. This fight draws big similarities to Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte in that due to the ability, talent and marketability of the two men involved neither man loses in this bout as it puts both on the world stage. (Image courtesy of BBC/Getty) We visited Gorman during his training camp prior to his last win over Razvan Cojanu and he briefly touched on the possibility of a clash with 'Dynamite' in the near future: “He’s been on BT Sport since day one, in the fans eyes I’m the underdog and I’ll play that part. It’s a blessing that we’re both under the same matchmaker because it’s a fight that I want, probably he wants it and when it gets made it’ll be a massive fight” If these matches come to fruition this year, it’ll indubitably be the biggest year Morson has had in the sport and there is every reason to be excited for what’s to come.

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    Morson Announce Thomas Cook MRO Partnership

    Our engineering design consultancy Morson Projects is proud to announce a new partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines to manage its line maintenance operations at five UK based airports; Gatwick, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and East Midlands, safeguarding 65 jobs. Thomas Cook Airlines is one of Europe’s leading leisure airlines, with a fleet of 101 aircraft. The airline carries over 19 million customers per year to 120 destinations. In 2018, Morson Projects entered the MRO market as an EASA Part 145 approved maintenance provider. The Group already had excellent connections to the MRO industry and its engineers through recruitment arm Morson International and its activities in resource provision. Morson Projects EASA Part 145 approval takes these connections to the next level in delivering fully certified maintenance solutions for Morson Projects’ clients. We currently hold Line Maintenance approval on Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft and this contract with Thomas Cook will bolster our approval to now include Airbus A330. Scott Wells, Aircraft Engineering Director said “Transferring five line stations simultaneously in any live operation is a challenging task. However, working closely with Thomas Cook Airlines, we have delivered a brand new operation without a single maintenance delay. It’s a real testament to the Morson Group’s ability to react, pool resource and deliver. I’m proud to be leading the team that have worked tirelessly over Christmas and New Year to deliver safely, efficiently and clinically in tight time scales. It’s been an incredible journey. We utilise proprietary systems that make us both modern and efficient. Our systems are unlike any I’ve worked with before and give us the capability to deliver for our customers in ways that were previously just not possible." Morson Projects’ Executive Director, Chris Burke, commented, “Morson Projects started down the EASA Part 145 maintenance route just 12 months ago and by mid-summer this year we will be operating out of seven UK airports.” Paul Hutchings, Managing Director Operations, Thomas Cook Airlines says, “As an excellent provider of engineering and maintenance services, our new partnership with Morson Projects started seamlessly over the Christmas period. We look forward to working with Morson Projects moving forward.”

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    How to become a Plant Operator

    There are excellent plant operator jobs in the UK construction industry for operators at all stages of their career. Keep reading to find out more about the skills you’ll need to enter this field and to discover if a career as a plant operator is the right fit for you. RATES £14-35 dependent on experience HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS NVQ or City & Guilds, CPCS, CSCS What do plant operator jobs involve? Plant operators work with heavy machinery, also known as plant, and equipment on construction sites. The machinery you’re responsible for can vary depending on the specific job, but could include any of the following: Forklifts Bulldozers Mobile, crawler and tower cranes Compactors 180 and 360-degree excavators Concrete pumps Dump trucks Piling rigs Telescopic handlers Plant operator jobs are required in all manner of construction projects, from home building sites and roadworks to demolition sites and quarries. As part of your role, you’ll also be responsible for carrying out daily safety assessments on the machinery you’re using. As you progress through your career, you’ll often become an expert in one specific type of machinery. What is a plant operator’s salary? Your salary as a plant operator can vary, depending on the size, scope and nature of the project you’re working on. It can also vary from one employer to the next. In an entry-level role, however, you can expect to earn between £14,000 and £19,000 per year, with this increasing up to £30,000 as you gain more experience. The most highly-experienced plant operators can earn up to £35,000 per year. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? For this role, it’s important that you have a good level of general fitness, as it can be physically demanding work, from regular heavy lifting to climbing in and out of cabs. You’ll also need excellent hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, to ensure you can control large machinery safely. Because you’ll be carrying out daily safety checks and taking on responsibility for your machinery, it’s important that you’ve got an up-to-date knowledge of both the machinery itself and the latest health and safety procedures. You’ll need to be able to interpret and follow detailed instructions and be confident working both on your own and as part of a team. What qualifications do I need? There are no formal requirements to become a plant operator. However, many employers will ask for GCSEs in subjects such as English, Maths and Design and Technology. Alternatively, they may ask for vocational qualifications, such as a Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, NVQ in Plant Operations or City & Guilds 2764. Apprenticeship schemes are another popular route into the industry, during which you’d study towards an NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations. It’s helpful if you can demonstrate to employers that you’ve got previous experience in the industry operating plant and machinery, as well as having a good knowledge of mechanics. Finally, you’ll need to gain a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card, as well as a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card if you’re going to be working on a building site. What are the hours and conditions? You’ll usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. However, your hours can vary and you may be required to work evenings and weekends as and when projects require it. This overtime gives you an opportunity to boost your earnings. The majority of your work will take place outside, meaning you’ll be working in all weather conditions. If you’re working with equipment like cranes, you can expect to work at considerable heights. It can be noisy, dirty and hazardous, so safety equipment is essential. Career progression With the right training and experience, you could progress into a construction management or site supervision role. You could also move into a plant coordinator role, which involves deciding which machinery is needed for specific jobs and assessing new equipment. Areas of specialism Many plant operators will specialise in a specific piece of machinery, becoming an expert throughout the course of their career. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    Iron Man Inspired Robotic Safety Suit Could be Developed as Nuclear Workwear

    INDUSTRY NEWS | 3 MIN READ Watch the video. Find out what features an Iron Man inspired safety suit could have. Professor Tom Scott, co-director of the Nuclear Hub discusses the inspiration behind the project. Bristol University’s South West Nuclear Hub is collaborating with Sellafield Ltd to combine robotic technology and composite materials to create an iron man inspired safety suite. The protective gear will be worn by nuclear-decommissioning engineers working in hazardous environments. The superhero suit will act as an armoured exoskeleton that would protect workers from radioactive contamination, whilst also reducing fatigue and providing vital information through helmet-mounted augmented reality displays. Currently, engineers working in hazardous environments wear air-fed PVC suits, but these get so hot they can only be worn for a limited time, therefore Professor Tom Scott, co-director of the Nuclear Hub, is leading the project to develop an improved robotic-composite system. He said: “Sellafield is one of the biggest nuclear decommissioning challenges in the world, predicted to last 100 years and costing tens of billions of pounds. Robotic and remotely-deployed technologies are already helping the Sellafield mission, but there will always be some cases where human workers are required to do hands on work in hazardous plant areas. Our wearable suit concept offers the prospect of major improvements in worker protection and enhanced ergonomic capabilities." "Our concept has comparisons with how space suits were developed in the 1950s; space and nuclear are both safety-critical industries. As space suits enabled transformational outcomes, making it possible for humans to go into space, further development of our suit could result in game-changing improvements in decommissioning safety and performance at Sellafield." But what will it look like? The suit will look completely different from the superhero’s fictional outfit; however, it could incorporate somewhat similar features. Some key features include: An augmented-reality display It will have its own power source An audio system that will provide the wearer with information on the tasks they will have to perform Composite plates will act as a protective guard against decontamination and radiation levels Robotic functions such as a powered exoskeleton that will help reduce the physical load on the worker’s body should they need to lift heavy items. (Image and video sourced via southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk ) It is believed that a fully working prototype will be developed following a review of the project early this year. Would you like to get involved in a project like this? Or maybe having the opportunity to wear something like Tony Stark’s fictional outfit in your role? Browse the exciting opportunities at Morson here.

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    Morson Sponsored Horse 'Clans Des Obeaux' Wins King George VI Chase

    Morson were delighted that Clans Des Obeaux of the Morson-sponsored Paul Nicholls’ horse racing yard in Ditcheat, Somerset was the winner of the coveted King George VI Chase on 26th December 2018. The horse, co-owned by Morson CEO Ged Mason alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Barber, beat away competition from two of Colin Tizzard’s entries to take the first position; Thistlecrack and the winner of the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Native River. Clans Des Obeaux was ridden by jockey Harry Cobden. The win was Paul Nicholls’ 10th King George winner, with his last being in 2014 with Silvinicaco Conti. He first won it in 1997 with future Gold Cup winner See More Business and famously won it five times in a row with Kauto Star. No other trainer aside from Nicholls has won the race more than five times in total. "I was so lucky to have Kauto [Star] and all those good horses," said Nicholls looking back over his career. "You don't really miss it, you just feel privileged to be in that position. We just had to gradually try to get back there. Ten King George's is amazing and to win this for Paul, Ged Mason and Sir Alex [Ferguson] - well, it doesn't get any better. It's absolutely awesome." Nicholls also looked to the future:- "To have a horse like this, and with Topofthegame coming through as well, is fantastic. I think that's probably put us back on the top of the trainers' table for a little while. It will be impossible to stay there but we'll keep trying. [Clans Des Obeaux] is a proper Gold Cup contender. From an October, when we had five winners, we've done amazingly well. Nicky [Henderson] has some super, super horses. We're getting there slowly and we'll make it interesting but it will be hard." Morson is proud to end another successful year of sporting sponsorships with this fantastic win, and we look forward to more successes in 2019.

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