Earlier this month we welcomed Apprentice and Graduate Engineers from across our Marine, Aerospace & Defence division to our Group Head Office in Manchester to network with their peers and mentors from across the business whilst celebrating the success of the ECDP so far.

The day saw many of the early careers engineers from across our Bristol, Belfast, Hull and Manchester offices come together for presentations, workshops and team-building.

Lead Design Engineer Jordan Knapp, who is Chair of the ECDP, shares more about the programme:

“Our Early Careers Development Programme has been created for engineers, by engineers. It has been designed to attract, develop and retain the best future talent in our industries to allow Morson Projects to continue to deliver market leading engineering consultancy solutions to our clients.

“We do this by empowering our early careers employees to take ownership of their own continual professional development with a structured career path framework.

“Importantly, the programme also gives our senior engineers and previous ‘Early Careers Development Programme’ cohorts an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with the next generation of budding engineers in a measured way through our bespoke mentoring scheme.

Engineering requires a vast number of skills and disciplines. With our various learning pathways we develop tailored plans for each individual, providing them with plenty of opportunity to develop and grow in their chosen field.

Our programme focusses around the development of technical competence and core skills, which are achieved through:

  • Exposure to a wide range of projects to develop expertise and knowledge.
  • Formal and on the job training to develop, technical skills. project management and leadership skills.
  • Opportunity to contribute to research projects / initiatives at local academic establishments.
  • Exposure to different disciplines and departments within the company to improve collaborative working.
  • Formal presentations to Managers and Directors to showcase progression / capability.

Our tried-and-tested structured learning programme empowers the next generation of engineers and enables us to create long term succession planning for our team through a mapped-out career plan which has clear lines of progression and accountability.

Lead Design Engineer, Sally Entwistle, who is the Training Co-ordinator for the programme, explains:

“Engineers undertaking this programme are exposed to a wide range of projects, formal training, possible contributions on research projects and experiences in different disciplines and departments. It gives them ample opportunity to experience the field of engineering at full force while still being guided along to develop your skills effectively and efficiently.”

Design Engineer, Anna Davanzo (above centre) who is the programme’s Mentor Trainer, is a Chartered Engineer and has brought years of experience from previous roles to help formalise the mentoring elements of the programme. She explains:

“We have a range of engineers from varying disciplines and backgrounds directly supporting the programme.

“When developing the new programme, it was extremely important to us that we involved engineers from across our team in the process.

“The focus for Morson Projects isn’t just on the early careers engineers, it is also about the more experienced members of the team and previous ECDP cohorts being able to develop their skillsets and growing within their roles, sharing their knowledge in the best interest of the team, our business and our clients.”

Find out more about our Early Careers Development Programme here >