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 our 'talent technology' recruitment tool, born from the vendor management requirements of Morson Managed Service solutions.
A leader in recruitment technology, the bespoke, single sign-on system gives you full visibility and control over an organisations end-to-end recruitment process.
The module based system allows clients to choose the modules which best suit the needs of their business, controlling and managing the recruitment process through a single touch point. Each module, Vencuro Time, Vencuro Dashboard and Vencuro Talent, provides real-time information to the client, in conjunction with ensuring that the recruitment process remains transparent and auditable.
MORSON BLOG | 5 MIN READ Morson meets European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, the first British person on board the International Space Station Peake talks about his training, flight and his campaign as a STEM ambassador In December 2015, Tim Peake of the European Space Agency made history when he became the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station (ISS). Flying with Expedition 46 aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-19M rocket alongside cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra, Peake spent six months aboard the ISS. During his stay, he participated in a variety of experiments in biology, physics, astronomy and supported a space walk for repair work before returning to Earth in June 2016. After completing his A-Levels, Peake graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and received commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. In 1994, he became a qualified helicopter pilot and having completed a degree in Flight Dynamics and Evaluation, spent time as a test pilot with AgustaWestland testing Apache attack helicopters. In September 2019, Morson attended a seminar hosted by Peake, who talked about his time in the armed forces, his training and how he overcame his own self-doubt. We also asked him some questions surrounding STEM and the future of space travel. Training Being part of a small crew on board the ISS astronauts are required to be jacks-of-all-trades – there is no dedicated engineer, technician or doctor. Peake talks about the training regime: “It was two and half years. First, we had to learn how to fly spacecraft, with the added burden of having to learn the Russian language! It’s the only language spoken in the Soyuz launch vehicle and all of the documents inside are written in Russian. After that there was preparation for the physically demanding elements of the mission in the centrifuge, launch and re-entry.” Training underwater simulated the weightless conditions of a spacewalk, and this covered how to replace and repair anything on the ISS. For true weightlessness, Peake experienced the Vomit Comet, an aircraft that flies in a parabola to produce around 30 seconds of zero gravity. Being on the ISS for six months not only yields physical demands, but it can also be extremely mentally challenging. Peake draws on his experience in the armed forces and how it helped: “You do a lot of work on survival and living in a confined and stressful environment. Not only are you in a small space for six months but in an emergency situation, you could land anywhere in the world and have to await rescue. I learned from my time in the armed forces that in order to find out what someone is really like as a person, make them cold, wet, tired and hungry! Or take away their watches, let them sleep and wake them up after two hours telling them they’ve been asleep for eight. After six days of that, it becomes very psychologically demanding. Then, when they think they’re leaving, tell them there’s actually another two days. In the army, we call this dislocation of expectation.” Launch and future The launch pad that Peake took off from in December 2015 was the same one that the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, lifted off from in 1961. The Soyuz rocket had the thrust equivalent of 9 million horsepower. During his time on the ISS, Peake conducted 250 experiments in the fields of fluid physics, pharmaceutical studies, biology and more. The mission was also an engineering study for future Mars missions, experimenting with ways to recycle oxygen and 80% of waste water. Peake will now spend two years on sabbatical from the ESA before his next trip to the ISS, working as a STEM ambassador and speaker to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and astronauts. We asked Peake about this: MORSON: You’ve done a lot of work promoting STEM in schools, helping to inspire the next generation of talent. What would an 11-year-old looking into their future career have to look forward to in terms of space travel? “It’s really interesting actually. When I fly my next mission in 2023/24, it’s very likely I’ll be on board the ISS with commercial astronauts. Next year we’re looking at two new spacecraft, SpaceX and Boeing. They will be taking space agency astronauts but each year four fully paid commercial astronauts too. Space flight is becoming open to many more people. In 20 or 30 years I see it being like aviation. There will be a professional corps of astronauts but also commercial flight for civilians to enjoy.” MORSON: Did you ever have a significant setback when you thought you wouldn’t make it into space and you thought you just weren’t cut out for it? “Every time I came out of my Russian language lessons I wondered if I was cut out for it! Language was hard for me. Science wasn’t an issue being a pilot, systems I lapped up and the physical training was great. One of the great things about the astronaut corps, 8,000 applied and it was whittled down to six, so everybody is there to help you through. There’s an amazing network and you’ll always find people to help. I worked particularly hard to get to the level I needed to be at.” “It’s important - don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t do something if you’ve set your heart on. Right from the early stages I had setbacks. I was even told I wouldn’t be a pilot. But it’s about being passionate. You must have courage in your convictions to chart a course for yourself and fight for it. There was a lot of hard work along the way. I had to go back to education at the age of 33 to get a degree which was required for my career which was a lot of extra tuition. But it comes down to hard work and determination.” Morson have been involved in working with armed forces personnel like Tim Peake for over 25 years. We also work on the line maintenance for the Apache helicopters. Find out more hereFind out more
INDUSTRY NEWS | IT & DIGITAL | 4 MIN READ What if there was a way to connect to the internet and benefit from a direct connection with much faster speeds? Enter Li-Fi! An emerging wireless technology which could hold the key to solving the challenges faced by 5G. Read more and watch the Ted Talks video to get up-to-date with the latest in wireless tech! The use of radio technology such as Wi-Fi and cellular touches almost all aspects of our everyday lives and significantly underpins many of the services upon which we rely. In today’s connected world, most households in the UK will have a broadband connection along with a cellular mobile phone and the number of devices we use is ever-increasing due to new technology such as automation and VR putting added strain on the network usage. But what if there was a way to connect to the internet and benefit from a direct connection with much faster speeds? Li-Fi… What is LiFi and how does it work? Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) is an emerging wireless technology which could hold the key to solving the challenges faced by 5G. Transmitting at multiple gigabits, it is deemed more reliable, virtually interference-free and uniquely more secure than radio technology such as Wi-Fi or cellular. It enables users to send and receive data through beams of LED light and has been dubbed the next generation of wireless that is ready for seamless integration into the 5G core. With Li-Fi, your light bulb is essentially your router. It uses common household LED light bulbs to enable data transfer, boasting speeds of up to 224 gigabits per second. Check out the TED talks episode below where founder, Prof Harald Haas, demonstrates how a standard LED lamp could be used to transmit high-resolution video directly to a receiver placed just beneath the bulb. The benefits of Li-Fi Li-Fi was developed almost a decade ago by Edinburgh University’s Prof Harald Haas. One of its main benefits is that its data spectrum for visible light is 1,000 times greater than the RF spectrum so there’s more capacity to drive bigger bandwidths and higher data rates. Li-Fi developers have already demonstrated speeds of 224Gbps in laboratory conditions and expect 1Gbps or above – around 100 times faster than conventional Wi-Fi – to become the norm. Because data can be contained within a tight area of illumination, there’s little risk of interference and it’s also highly secure: while radio waves penetrate through walls and can be intercepted, a beam of light is confined.Its developers have already identified a number of potential scenarios in which could benefit from the technology. These range from its use in smart office spaces to providing domestic ‘hotspots’ in high-bandwidth areas such as living rooms and bedrooms. Pure Li-Fi co-founder and CTO Mostafa Afgani explained: “Where we can really bring a benefit is in the crowded radio spectrum where we see the launch of a new wireless LAN standard pretty much every year but fail to deliver those data rates in practice because there’s just so much RF noise and interference out there… By offering to shift that communication to a different band – the light band – we can now provide another wireless channel that can deliver those data rates over a medium that is much more reliable and can actually deliver the quoted data rates.” Is Li-Fi too good to be true? Li-Fi signals cannot pass through walls, so in order to enjoy full connectivity, capable LED bulbs will need to be placed throughout the home. Not to mention, Li-Fi requires the light bulb is on at all times to provide connectivity, meaning that the lights will need to be on during the day. Not the most energy-efficient. Clearly, despite all of its many advantages, light-based communication relies on line of sight to work, and for this reason, it’s viewed as a complementary technology to existing wireless solutions rather than a replacement. As one the UK’s top 15 IT recruitment agencies, Morson Group IT is formed by Morson International, The Bridge IT and Anderselite. Our specialist team is best placed to help you search for your next career in ITFind out more
RECRUITMENT ADVICE | 4 MIN READ Arthur Mecom is the head of operations for Morson International USA. He began his career with Morson as a recruitment consultant and has quickly progressed into a leadership role. He thrives in client-facing capacities by developing and implementing recruitment strategies that promote efficient hiring and cost savings initiatives. He is passionate about creating brand awareness, promoting equality and strives to continue developing strategies that bridge the current skills gap. Arthur shares his top tips for optimising your recruitment process... For many organisations, people are the most important part of the business and directly impact the growth and development. The need to recruit is a sign that your business is ready to grow, and this is your opportunity to choose the people who will help turn your vision into a reality. That’s why it’s imperative to have the necessary procedures in place to ensure a smooth hiring process and attract top tier talent. To help you on your recruitment journey, here are five things you should consider before initiating a search… Get approval As a first step, it’s important to plan and confirm the approval process for the hire to be live. Think about who needs to be involved; finance from a cost perspective, HR and the direct report/hiring manager. Once you’ve highlighted who needs to be involved, go ahead and seek approval. Establish your target budget List all the costs that are associated with hiring so you can set an accurate budget. This is not only the salary range, but you must also consider any relocation costs, advertising fees, benefits, insurance packages, time spent on the search and potential agency fees. When considering your budget, research the current market conditions for comparable opportunities in your area. Also, evaluate the cost to the business by not having this position filled. If the position you are looking to fill is revenue generating or can create cost savings/avoidance, every day your business is losing money by not having the right person in place. Whilst establishing the budget is crucial, you should be able to account for variable change. If you’ve identified the ideal candidate but their salary requirements exceed your budget, don’t just close the door. What direct value is that person bringing to the business? Create some flexibility in your budget in order to attract individuals that will bring your organisation a higher ROI. Create a succinct job description Be realistic when creating the details around your job requirement. We’ve all heard the nightmares of creating inaccurate or unrealistic job descriptions don’t let your organisation fall into the trap. Seeking a candidate who has X years of experience for an entry-level job or requiring a degree for a role that does not necessitate one, could negatively impact your brand. The job description should focus on the core responsibilities and qualifications for the position. Also, consider including what kind of personality traits you are looking for. Use the second person when describing your ideal candidate: “you will be”, “your experience” etc. This engages the reader more because it helps them visualise themselves in the role. Plan the interview process Confirm your interview process and what methods of examination you need to put in place. Do you need certain aptitude tests? Who will be interviewing the candidates? Who in the business has the final decision- making authority? Whilst there are other methods of selection available (such as presentations, assessment centres, psychometric testing, numeracy testing etc), interviews are generally the most popular due to cost and ease of organising. You can use the interview to properly test the candidate’s knowledge and also to get a better feel for whether or not they would fit into the organisational culture. Remember, it’s not just the candidate under scrutiny. The interviewee will also form impressions of you and your business based on the interview, and if you’re not careful, you could end up putting off your dream hire. Set and meet hiring expectations Setting realistic hiring expectations can make or break your organisation's candidate experience. What is the targeted hire date? Where is this individual’s work station? What IT equipment will the new starter need, and has it been ordered? Map out how long your interview process will take, set those expectations with candidates, and reinforce those objectives with the hiring committee. Having the ability to set the candidates expectations from the start has a direct impact on their commitment to the process. As the saying goes, “Time kills all deals”. If you are delaying interviews or offers with qualified candidates, you increase the risk of them accepting an opportunity with your competition. Beginning the search with Morson Once you have all these items covered, you'll be ready to formally begin your search for employees. Or, you could let Morson help you with your recruitment needs… Morson International is one of the most respected names in recruitment, helping candidates find their perfect role and helping companies find the right people for their business since 1969. Our business model focuses on excellence for employees, candidates, contractors and clients. We operate from 50+ global locations, have 14,000+ contractors working on-site, process 700,000+ timesheets a year and deliver 20 million people hours to client projects. We are committed to helping candidates with their engineering job search and pride ourselves on our consistent delivery of quality services across the range of industries we operate within. We believe that the key to this is excellent customer service and providing our clients, employees and contractors with the support they require in order to perform to the best of their capabilities. If you're an organisation looking to attract the best talent or a candidate wanting to progress your career, then get in touch with Morson or browse our latest jobs here.Find out more
INDUSTRY NEWS | AEROSPACE | 4 MIN READ A satellite run by the European Space Agency (ESA) has been forced to fire its thrusters and perform a collision avoidance manoeuvre to avoid crashing into a SpaceX satellite. ESA said that artificial intelligence will be part of the technology solution for managing satellite traffic in the future. A satellite run by the European Space Agency (ESA) has been forced to fire its thrusters and perform a collision avoidance manoeuvre to avoid crashing into a SpaceX satellite. Announcing the narrowly avoided collision on Twitter, the ESA said that on the 2nd September, the Agency's Aeolus Earth observation satellite fired its thrusters, moving it off a potential collision course with a SpaceX satellite in the Starlink constellation. Aeolus has been in orbit since August 2018, while the Starlink satellite was one of 60 launched aboard a Falcon 9 on May 2019. According to Forbes, SpaceX refused to move its spacecraft – dubbed Starlink 44 – forcing ESA into evasive action for Aeolus. The tweet read: “Experts in our #SpaceDebris team calculated the risk of collision between these two active satellites, determining the safest option for #Aeolus would be to increase its altitude and pass over the @SpaceX satellite,” “The manoeuvre took place about 1/2 an orbit before the potential collision. Not long after the collision was expected, #Aeolus called home, as usual, to send back its science data – proving the manoeuvre was successful and a collision was indeed avoided” Are there any rules to avoid this in space? There are no rules in space and most of the communication is done through emails but with an ever-increasing amount of space traffic, Holger Krag, Head of Space Safety at ESA explains that this is “an archaic process that is no longer viable as increasing numbers of satellites in space means more space traffic.” “This example shows that in the absence of traffic rules and communication protocols, collision avoidance depends entirely on the pragmatism of the operators involved,” Space traffic technology solutions ESA said that artificial intelligence will be part of the technology solution for managing satellite traffic in the future. Manually detecting potential collisions and plotting evasive manoeuvres is a labour-intensive process and will not be sustainable as space becomes increasingly congested. “This is how air traffic control has worked for many decades, and now space operators need to get together to define automated manoeuvre coordination” the ESA said. “These avoidance manoeuvres take a lot of time to prepare – from determining the future orbital positions of all functioning spacecraft to calculating the risk of collision and potential outcomes of different actions,” ESA is preparing to automate this process using artificial intelligence, speeding up the processes of data crunching and risk analysis, from the initial warning of a potential conjunction to the satellite finally moving out of the way. “As the number of satellites in orbit increases, due to ‘mega-constellations’ such as #Starlink comprising hundreds or even thousands of satellites, today’s ‘manual’ collision avoidance process will become impossible.” Under its Space Safety activities, ESA plans to invest in technologies required to automatically process collision warnings, coordinate manoeuvres with other operators and send the commands to spacecraft entirely automatically, ensuring the benefits of space can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come. Morson is the No.1 aerospace recruiter, supplying the aerospace and defence industry for 50 years. Ready to find your next role? Search our Aerospace & Defence jobs here.Find out more
MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson shortlisted in Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards for mental health strategy Shortlisting is fourth within a week for the business Morson has been shortlisted for the Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards for the category of Most Innovative Benefit. The shortlisting, which is for Morson’s health and wellbeing strategy surrounding mental health, is the company’s fourth in a week, following the APSCo CSR Initiative of the Year, Manchester Evening News Business of the Year, and Best Talent Technology in the Building Innovation Awards. Morson are up against MRL Consulting Group for the accolade, with the winners being announced at The Brewery in London on 31st October. The Morson Group’s MorFit strategies, a Group-wide initiative that previously focused on physical health, began expanding in November 2018 to feature all-new components to address multiple aspects of mental wellbeing to significantly improve the complete health of Morson employees. The creation process, however, began in the months leading up to the formal launch. To further drive the health and wellbeing strategy, the business appointed a dedicated health, wellbeing and engagement partner. Consultations and focus groups were conducted across the business to help the Morson Group better understand where mental health was positioned as a priority, what was already being done, and where any barriers may have been hindering progress. From this information, Morson’s MorFit strategies were created according to a holistic approach, with ambitious targets set over various components relating to employee wellbeing, from physical and mental health to financial wellbeing and more. Morson have recognised that any working environment has the potential to exacerbate mental illness and that many areas in which the company operates may have stress-inducing factors, such as rapid working pace, physical demands and delivery deadlines. Morson’s ‘Mental Health First Aider’ programme targets mental illness, which can have a devastating impact on day-to-day life, such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks and addictive behaviours, and was designed to promote early recognition and response, in addition to promoting good mental health. Since it began, the initiative has trained its first aiders to spot red flags and take steps to offer assistance and guidance. Typical indications that a person’s mental health may be at risk include a change in personality, appearance or attitude to work. The names and contact information of all first aiders were posted across every UK office, of which there are almost 50, and shared via email. The presence of first aiders has been promoted widely to raise awareness and to encourage a dialogue around mental health, bringing it out of the shadows and shaking off the enduring taboo surrounding it. While the campaign initiated with 20 first aiders, this has since swelled to 40, ensuring that all employees have access to a first aider within a 45-minute commute. In future, the company plans to train 80 individuals. The company also instituted its ‘Balls to That’ campaign, built around a mental health awareness session hosted by the Sale Sharks Community Trust, and augmented its offering with counselling services, stress management and support in the management of workplace pressures. Find out more about our commitment to good mental health in the workplaceFind out more
INDUSTRY NEWS | 3 MIN READ Insect eye research throws new light onto their rapid responsiveness to visual stimuli. Scientists have developed a robotic eye based on insect structure A project studying insect eyes and how they appear to be so agile and responsive could potentially open the doors for advanced robotic technology. Researchers from Tianjin University in China report their new bio-inspired compound eye, which not only looks like that of an insect but also works like one, could be used to create 3D location systems for robotic technology. The development and research that took place for this project has potentially changed the way scientists understand how insect eyes work. “Imitating the vision system of insects has led us to believe that they might detect the trajectory of an object based on the light intensity coming from that object rather than using precise images like human vision,” said Le Song, a member of the research team. The researchers used a method known as single point diamond turning to create 169 microlenses on the surface of the compound eye, each with a radius of 1 mm. This creates a component measuring about 20 mm that could detect objects from a 90-degree field of view. The researchers added grids to each eyelet that help pinpoint location in order to measure 3D trajectory. They then placed LED light sources at specific distances and directions from the compound eye and used an algorithm to calculate the 3D location of the LEDs based on the location and intensity of the light. “This design allowed us to prove that the compound eye could identify an object’s location based on its brightness instead of a complex image process,” said Song. “This highly sensitive mechanism suits the brain processing ability of insects very well and helps them avoid predators.” This technology could have far-reaching utilisations for the world of artificial intelligence. Driverless cars have long been on the agenda, and technology as sharp and reliable as the artificial compound eye could be invaluable to the visualisation systems for these vehicles when operating at high speeds. Furthermore, the technology also has the potential to be included in human robots. We’ve already seen that engineers have developed electronic skin to give robotic hands a similar dexterity to human hands, so allied with this eye technology human robotics are starting to look very agile indeed. Morson have been at the cutting edge of recruitment for 50 years. Find your next job with us hereFind out more
MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson is proud to have been shortlisted alongside Murphy in the Building Innovation Awards 2019 Our standalone end-to-end recruitment tool is shortlisted for Best Technology Partner Morson’s standalone multi-platform recruitment intelligence tool Vencuro has been shortlisted for Best Technology Partner in conjunction with Murphy in the Building Innovation Awards 2019. Vencuro is a bespoke talent solution platform that uses automation to seamlessly manage end-to-end tasks, while enabling complete visibility of recruitment in real time, including costs, efficiency and retention. Engineering and construction giant Murphy utilised the technology as one of many companies facing an increasingly competitive environment from which they must recruit and retain talent. Going live in October 2018, the system worked in conjunction with their own legacy system and the two models had to be fully integrated to ensure they would work optimally together. Through a multi-platform approach, Vencuro is helping Murphy to meet the challenges faced in their sector, while transitioning from a large supply chain to a vendor managed solution has helped to dramatically lower costs. The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 23rd October at The Midland Hotel, Manchester. Charlotte Lewis, head of technology for Vencuro, said: “I’m really delighted to be shortlisted in these awards. The integration with Murphy has been a fantastic showcase of the power and flexibility of the system and it’s been great to work with the team there in delivering this service.” Before Vencuro was adopted by Murphy, CV filing was manual-based, meaning the management of time to hire was a lot more difficult. Vencuro has developed bespoke Dashboards, which provide detailed visual representations of KPI and hiring data, making it easier to understand at a glance the trends impacting the recruitment process. The system prevents duplication of jobs onto different recruitment applications, relieving unnecessary admin. Over the past year, 293 jobs were added to the system with a 96% fill rate. Mark Spiers, head of recruitment at Murphy, said: “Not only have we made enormous savings with Vencuro, but everyone we need at Morson is a pleasure to deal with. They understand our business and the complexities we face. Getting from A to B, for example, isn’t always a straight line and instead of shying away from issues, the team tackle whatever they face head on and embrace continuous change to mirror our operations.” In March 2019, Vencuro was also shortlisted in the Recruiter Awards for Technological Innovation of the Year. Currently, more than 100 clients use Vencuro with 6,000+ users. Find out more about our bespoke, single sign-on system hereFind out more
MORSON NEWS | 2 MIN READ Morson shortlisted in Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Awards 2019 In 2017, Morson was the recipient of the coveted Mitchell Henry Prize Award Morson is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Awards 2019 in the category of ‘Turnover £100m+ sponsored by PwC’. This year marks 27 years of the awards, which celebrate businesses of all shapes and sizes across the region. In 2017, Morson was the recipient of the Mitchell Henry Prize Award, recognising a lasting contribution to the Greater Manchester region. In the 2019 awards, Morson will be up against musicMagpie and Verastar for the accolade. The submission, based around our 2018 business activity, highlighted another record year as we delivered growth across our core sectors, whilst infilling into other areas. The year saw us focus on expanding into emerging markets through strategic acquisitions and organic growth, particularly professional services, construction and IT. It highlighted how Morson utilise our position, size and strength to challenge status quos be leading conversations and developing meaningful initiatives that overcome issues in the sectors in which we operate. This incorporates ED&I as well as training and talent development. £1.5m+ was also spent enhancing our recruitment technology and business intelligence tool, Vencuro, to automate and seamlessly manage end-to-end tasks, whilst providing hiring managers with access to real time data at the touch of a button. At present, 100+ clients and 6,000+ people use Vencuro and the technology was recently shortlisted for the Building Innovation Awards 2019 for its integration with construction giant Murphy. This is allied with our numerous benefits, incentives and opportunities to motivate staff resulting in excellent retention rates. Speaking of the shortlist, M.E.N. business editor Shelina Begum said: “This year’s competition has seen an immensely high standard of entries and all 27 companies can be proud of being shortlisted. “We look forward to another fantastic celebration of the companies that are excelling across Greater Manchester and are grateful for all entries.” Winners in each category will be revealed at a black tie awards evening on Thursday 14th November at the Principal Hotel, Manchester. Find out more about our latest ED&I campaign and read about our wider diversity and inclusion initiative here.Find out more
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION | 6 MIN READ Hundreds of Morson Track Operatives working on the London Underground are being given rainbow-striped laces for their safety boots in celebration and support of the LGBT community. As members of LGBT charity Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, Morson has committed to ensuring all of its candidates are encouraged to be themselves at work, driving performance, engagement and innovation. Read more about the Rainbow Laces campaign and Morson's ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion. Hundreds of Morson Track Operatives working on the London Underground are being given rainbow-striped laces for their safety boots in celebration and support of the LGBT community. Manchester-headquartered Morson International, which supplies contingent and skilled labour across the UK rail infrastructure, is presenting each of its Track Operatives with the unmissable eye-catching laces. In addition to them forming part of the Operatives’ uniform, all contractors are being thoroughly briefed on the meaning behind the laces, whilst also receiving new training in fairness, inclusion and respect to encourage discussions and promote openness and acceptance. The introduction of the new laces follows the huge Pride celebrations that took place in the capital. Significantly, the initiative has been devised to run permanently, shining a spotlight on commitments by Morson and London Underground to continuously support the LGBT community. The laces are just one element of a wider commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion by Morson. As members of LGBT charity Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, Morson has committed to ensuring all of its candidates are encouraged to be themselves at work, driving performance, engagement and innovation.Through its involvement with Stonewall, Morson aims to collaborate, learn and share cutting-edge best practice and initiatives with its partners, equipping them with the skills to recruit diverse talent. “We do a lot of work behind the scenes to support LGBT communities and this campaign is about making that commitment visible,” says Gareth Morris, group director of health, safety, quality and environmental at Morson. “We’re looking to build a network of true allies, helping people to feel safe and welcome when they use the London Underground or join its workforce. It’s something that many of us take for granted, but we cannot underestimate the importance of visibly defining public spaces, such as the Tube as inclusive, safe places for everyone. “It was important to us that this wasn’t just a flash-in-the-pan campaign, meaning our Operatives will be proudly wearing the rainbow stripe permanently, just as our commitment to LGBT support is constant and lasting,” he added. As this campaign seeks to demonstrate support for LGBT workers in the industry, a number of initiatives are underway across the rail sector to promote diversity. TfL’s striking Pride campaign saw station signs transformed with the colours of three pride flags, representing Gay Pride, Bisexual Pride and Trans Pride. Not only did it embrace the More Colour More Pride movement in incorporating black and brown stripes into the rainbow flag to represent the BAME LGBT community, but 2019 marked the first use of the Bi Pride flag, with is pink and purple colourway. Catch up on the latest Diversity & Inclusion news from Morson From mum to management, postnatal depression and inspiring women into rail – Charlotte Curtis from First Group talks about her career #NPWAwards Nominations with Rebekah Lee, Head of Marketing - What makes an inclusive workplace? And why we need to go beyond gender diversity Morson and J Murphy & Sons Proudly Sponsor Women in Rail #TransformTheFuture Event Network Rail’s Archway network for LGBT employees also gives staff the opportunity to influence policy-making across the business and allows members to meet colleagues in more sociable settings through talks and events up and down the country. Sam Price, head of client engagement at Morson, added: “Working for equality, diversity and inclusion has real impact, not just on the lives of individuals from all walks of life, but in creating diverse cultures and broader empathy in workplaces across the country. We understand the complexities of widening participation in UK industry, and take our commitment to this very seriously." “The rail industry as a whole is working hard to improve diversity of all kinds, including its gender split and proportion of disabled, BAME and LGBT employees,” added Sam. “By collaborating with a number of organisations and taking inspiration from others, including those outside of our industry, it’s our goal to become a leader in diversity and inclusion for the rail industry.” Kate Williams, head of private memberships at Stonewall, concluded: “Wearing rainbow laces is a really positive way for Morson’s workers to show their support for lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities. Through our Diversity Champions programme, we’re working with Morson to help them build a truly inclusive workplace culture.” Find out more about our Rainbow Laces campaign and read about our wider diversity and inclusion initiative here.Find out more
INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ During harsh winters, a build-up of ice on aircraft wings can cause havoc in busy airports across the world. The current de-icing techniques use a lot of energy and waste a great deal of time - the new system combats this. Engineers have adopted the rationale from the natural movement of glaciers: if the ice directly in contact with the surface is melted, the rest of the ice will simply slide off. During harsh winters, a build-up of ice on aircraft wings can cause havoc in busy airports across the world. Currently, aircraft engineers use defrosting systems that melt all off the ice from the top layer down which can use a great deal of energy and waste a lot of time! So, in an effort to combat this issue US and Japanese engineers have developed a unique system to remove ice and frost from surfaces using only a fraction of the energy and time of the current techniques. Engineers based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Kyushu University in Japan have adopted the rationale from the natural movement of glaciers: if the ice directly in contact with the surface is melted, the rest of the ice will simply slide off. Nenad Miljkovic of UIUC discussed the disadvantages of the conventional de-icing system and said: “The systems must be shut down, the working fluid is heated up, then it needs to be cooled down again. This eats up a lot of energy when you think of the yearly operational costs of running intermittent defrosting cycles.” Catch up on the latest industry news from Morson The European Space Agency and Barbie team up to encourage girls into space The world’s first autonomous oil spill response vessel makes debut Could retired EV batteries be repurposed to power developing countries? Instead, the engineering team proposes delivering a pulse of very high current to the interface between the substrate – for example, an aeroplane wing and the ice. This is introduced using a coating of indium tin oxide (ITO) on the substrate surface. ITO is a transparent conducting material most familiar from its use as an electrode on the touch-sensitive screens of electronic devices. The rest is up to gravity. The next stage for the group is to study the behaviour of ice on larger, more complex shaped surfaces such as those encountered on aircraft. Morson is the No.1 aerospace recruiter, supplying the aerospace and defence industry for 50 years. Ready to find your next role? Search our Aerospace & Defence jobs here.Find out more
MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson sponsor veterans challenge for mental health and PTSD Wilderness Navigators team aim to summit Mount Elbrus in Russia. As part of our 50 weeks of giving, Morson Group is delighted to sponsor the Wilderness Navigators’ Mount Elbrus challenge, being undertaken by two forces veterans to raise money for mental health and PTSD. Taking place in September 2019, the challenge will see two forces veterans, Jake Gardner and Samuel Dean, attempt to climb the highest summit in Europe. Passionate about climbing, Jake served in Afghanistan in 15 Sqn as a Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner. It was during Herrick 17 that he was injured in 2013, resulting in his medical discharge in February 2015. A leader and navigator, fellow climber Sam Dean served alongside Jake in Afghanistan with 15 Sqn and has since served in multiple countries around the world. He speaks to Morson about the story behind the challenge: “We set up Wilderness Navigators with the main vision of delivering hiking and climbing experiences to groups offering support and guidance to encourage a healthier lifestyle. We want to engage people from all walks of life so they can combat their personal goals, particularly in ways close to us being veterans – mental health and PTSD.” For their newest feat, the pair will be joined by another veteran climber and will attempt to summit Mount Elbrus. One of the fabled Seven Summits and with an elevation of 5,000m, the dormant volcano of Mount Elbrus sits in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia near the border with Georgia. “We don’t have a specific charity but for the Mount Elbrus challenge we’ve partnered with a charity called Rock 2 Recovery which is a veteran’s charity for mental health and PTSD.” Ticking off Mount Elbrus is a step towards a bigger challenge for the climbers: “Long term we want to do all of the Seven Summits, with Everest the main one. Jake has already climbed Aconcagua [Andes, Argentina] but we chose this one now because it’s affordable without a major corporate sponsor and it’s within our skillset.” The journey will begin with a flight from London to Moscow followed by a connecting flight a couple of days later to the mountain range. Between the 1st and 8th September the team will spend time acclimatising to the are before attempting a summit. “Which day we do it will depend on the weather, but we’re hoping we can make it in the middle of that period, maybe the 4th. We’ll be going up the west summit. All being well, we should be back in England for 11th September." Our '50 Weeks of Giving' programme has seen us provide an individual donation each week to help worthy causes in the region. Coupled with our core annual charity activity, we aim to raise and donate £500,000 in total as we celebrate our 50th year in business. Our core charity activity will see us work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier's Charity. In the last 10 years we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as the Seashell Trust and Destination Florida. Everyone at Morson wishes the Wilderness Navigators team the very best of luck for their trip. Follow us on Twitter to check in the with the climbers. Currently, Morson Forces has in excess of 2,500 ex-military contract and permanent staff from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, working across a variety of client projects in the UK and overseas. Search our forces friendly jobs here.Find out more
INDUSTRY NEWS | 2 MIN READ The world’s first autonomous oil spill response vessel has made its debut When functioning in fully autonomous mode, the skimmer will enable unmanned oil spill response where crews are restricted as a result of safety hazards like dangerous weather or toxic fumes. The world’s first autonomous vessel designed to combat oil spills that spell big trouble for our environment and cause vast destruction has been deployed. The vessel has been designed by Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics and was deployed on an Vigor/Kvichak Marine Industries-built skimmer boat, owned by Marine Spill Response Corp (MSRC). The new technology onboard the vessel will enable us to act quickly and efficiently when oil spills occur to minimise the damage they cause. The use of robotics means that the vessel will have the ability to tackle oil spills without the need for a human onboard. Michael Johnson, founder and CEO of Sea Machines said: “Our operation of the world’s first autonomous, remote-commanded spill-response vessel is yet another significant industry first for Sea Machines,” “But even more important is the fact that we’ve proven that our technology can be applied to the marine spill response industry – as well as other marine sectors – to protect the health and lives of mariners responding to spills.” From a shoreside location at Portland Harbour in Maine, a Sea Machines operator commanded the SM300-equipped skimmer boat to perform the following capabilities: Autonomous waypoint and grid line tracking Remote autonomous control from an onshore location or secondary vessel, ENC-based mission planning. Wireless remote payload control to deploy on-board boom, skimmer belt and other response equipment. When functioning in fully autonomous mode, the skimmer will enable unmanned oil spill response where crews are restricted as a result of safety hazards like dangerous weather or toxic fumes. Richard Balzano, deputy administrator of MARAD added: “This is the future of the maritime industry. It’s safer, it’s faster, it’s more cost-effective,” “This technology is here and it will make you a believer. We are here because we want to help the maritime industry evolve. It’s about safety, the environment and reducing risk on the water.” TOP BLOG | The world’s first all-electric container barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships’ are launching this autumn Autonomy is a massive focus in the maritime sector with the potential to make shipping safer, cleaner, and more efficient. It could transform the nature of work in the sector, offering attractive career prospects to a more diverse range of people. The demonstration was watched by a number of marine, government, naval, international, environmental and industry representatives and was supported by the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD). Sea Machines says its products can be installed aboard existing or new-build commercial vessels in the very near future. As the largest supplier of Marine trades in the UK, Morson has some of the most exciting job opportunities in the Marine & Shipbuilding industry. Check them out here.Find out more