At this years, World Skills Show, Fusion took to the stage and delivered a powerful message on a career in engineering. How no two careers are ever the same.

The event, organised by the internationally recognised and celebrated, World Skills UK was held over three days, at Birmingham’s NEC. Over 78,000 attended, mostly aged between 11 – 18 supported by schools, colleges, employers and partnering organisations.

From Fusion, a team of four, headed by learning and development manager, Paul Skerry, engaged with the young audience on what to expect in a career in engineering.

The team delivered a Q&A style panel discussion, chaired by Paul, on the day; Shervin Dehbozorgi from Morgan Sindall, Sally Marsden from Ferrovial Agroman and Jennie Holloway from BAM Nuttall all took part in the Q&A.  All three represented the parent companies that make up Fusion, and each gave a passionate account of their career journey and how they came to join the industry.

The purpose of the Q&A was to provide a relaxed informal setting, where members of the audience could also ask any questions and join the conversation. Up first, was Shervin who talked about his career in digital, and although Shervin originally started his career in X, he later joined Morgan Sindall, using his digital expertise in engineering.

Next was Sally, who talked about how a casual dinner with family friends led to a serious debate, and the question, well how would you do things differently? Undeterred, Sally started a career in engineering. Now working as environmental advisor, Sally talked through how her career, which although originally started out in Australia, led to a life changing move to the UK.

Jenny was last up and talked through her journey as an apprentice and the degree of apprenticeship opportunities that are available within the industry. A journey that proved valuable, as Jenny was able to combine her studies with on the job learning.

The fundamental message was that no two careers are ever the same, not only are there differing entry points into the industry, there are also emerging roles such as digital, so the magnitude of opportunities available is limitless.

Today (30  September 2016) a Fusion team of ten people, took part in Women in Rail’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge in Peterborough. A fun event with a serious message.

The team of 5 males and 5 females, attended the event for what would prove to be an exhilarating day of fun and challenging activities, with a serious underlying messaging to be taken away, for increased recognition and support of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Sports and such activities are often considered to be a powerful way of communicating the important principles of inclusion and diversity. As to be successful in both, individuals need to demonstrate solidarity and positive team behaviours.

As an added bonus the Fusion team also walked away with the prize for, The Railway Children – Shelter Building Charity Challenge Award. A challenge that required the team to build a shelter with very few items. A sobering exercise, that helped to capture the vision and purpose of the charity, The Railway Children. A organisation with a mission to protect and reach those who are most vulnerable and at risk.

Nissar Mohammed, project director at Fusion, commented, “This was the first year that Fusion took part in what has proved to be an energetic and important day. So to walk away with an award for me proves our team were committed to working together, in order to provide the optimum solution for the challenge ahead.

Furthermore it’s refreshing to see events like the Big Rail Diversity Challenge taking place. Proving that you can raise the profile of serious agendas but in an innovative and team spirited fashion. Our thanks go to Women in Rail and Nimble Media for hosting this event on behalf of the industry.”

Pictured Fusion team member holding The Railway Children – Shelter Building Charity Challenge Award.