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CATCH hosted their Major Hazards Group on 17 July which focused on the topic of cyber security.  The group chair, Dan Rawdin from SSE, welcomed over 25 delegates who joined in person and via teams.

The first speaker was Paulo Oliveira, Director of Consulting – DEKRA Organisational & Process Safety, who gave a presentation on how safe and secure systems are at the centre of integrity in operations.  Paulo highlighted the importance of understanding the risks and how we can design systems that are safe and secure.  The challenges include how functional safety guidance and approach is different to how cyber security professionals look at the situation.  Paulo explored how we can establish a framework to look at the problem together, and avoid starting from different points, using different guidance.  It is important to open dialogue and keep sharing learning as the sector progresses and matures.  The group discussed how HAZOPs, for example, will one day include cyber security specialists, but this competency needs to develop and grow over time.

After a break, Andy Scott from SSE gave a site operators experience of maintaining industrial control systems against compromise from cyber-attack.  Andy highlighted the regulatory framework that SSE are operating in including HSE and DESNZ.  The sector has moved on from the domain of a C&I engineer into security and cyber security.  Andy shared some of the most recent cyber attacks and the impact they’d had and shared lessons learned from these, including Stuxnet virus, TRITON Malware, SolarWinds.

Andy described the common characteristics of an attack and how to manage an attack framework to include corporate infrastructure, Distributed Control System(s), SCADA, Protection System(s) & Intelligent end devices.  Andy went on to describe how to implement a defence in more depth to include multiple layers of protection, some procedural, some behavioural and some technological.  Working with suppliers is becoming increasingly important to avoid weaknesses and the supplier landscape is under more scrutiny from regulators.

Paulo and Andy took questions.

The next Major Hazards Group meeting will be held at CATCH on 14 November.  For more information about CATCH network groups please contact


CATCH is pleased to acknowledge the contributions of Richard Stansfield, CEO, Singleton Birch, who chaired his final board meeting on 21 June 24, marking the end of a 7-year tenure on the Board with 4 years as Chair.

Richard’s steadfast support and leadership have been instrumental in positioning CATCH for its forthcoming expansion projects. During his time on the Board, Richard oversaw several milestones, including stewardship throughout the challenging COVID-19 period, the development of CATCH Apprenticeships, the launch of the Welding and Pipefitting Hub, and the key regional programme of the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan Project

David Talbot, CEO of CATCH, expressed his gratitude: “From a personal perspective, I would like to thank Richard for his sage counsel and unwavering support to CATCH over the past 7 years, and longer as a Member of CATCH. His contributions have been invaluable in the development of CATCH and in preparing us for the next stage in our evolution, and I wish him all the best for the future in his retirement.”

The CATCH Board comprises 25 Member organisations representing public and private sectors and academia. For further information, please visit


CATCH held their Human Factors Network on 19 June.  The focus for the session was Shift Management with Julie Bell from Human Factors Expertise Ltd and Rob Crossman and James Lloyd Davies from Optashift.  Chris Marron from Yara chaired the meeting which was attended by 25 delegates online and in person.

Adam Goodman from P66 kicked off the session with a Human Factors safety moment on safety critical communication.

Rob highlighted why shift work matters, it is critical to business performance, cuting across most departments and can be subject to changing external factors.  Julie explored the legal duty of employers to manage risks posed by shift working arrangements and the impact of fatigue on shift working and overtime.  James, Rob and Julie reviewed the 5 areas of focus underpinned by guidance on Human Factors and how active controls can be established to manage fatigue and avoid ‘overtime heroes’.  The five areas are:

  1. Assessment
  2. Policy
  3. Solutions
  4. Monitoring
  5. Guidance

Rob described a range of design options for shift patterns and how these work in different environments and the impact of hourly patterns on fatigue.  James gave examples of different tracking/monitoring systems including wearable monitors to help manage shiftwork and overtime hours, less passive systems are being deployed alongside actions such as encouraging workers to look after each other too.  ESG (environmental & social governance) aspects are becoming increasingly important to ensure the experience of staff on shifts matches business ESG stated ambitions.

Julie, Rob & James took questions and comments from the group.

The next meeting will be held at CATCH on 23 October.  For more information about the range of CATCH networks and events please contact


CATCH is proud to announce that we have been awarded the contract to deliver the technical certificate of the JTL Electrical Installation apprenticeship in the South Humber region. This significant achievement underscores our commitment to addressing the skills gap in the engineering construction industry and supporting the transition to a net zero future.

JTL is one of the largest work-based learning providers in England and Wales, working with over 3,800 businesses and training almost 9,000 apprentices in the building services engineering sector. JTL were looking for a partner in the South Humber region due to a lack of available local provision. This contract will see 18 learners start at CATCH in September for a day release programme with the rest of their time being spent with a sponsoring employer in industry.

James McIntosh, Chief Commercial Officer at CATCH, commented: “We are thrilled to have been chosen to deliver the Technical Certificate as part of the JTL programme. This opportunity allows us to make a substantial impact on the engineering construction industry by training new entrants who will play a crucial role in achieving our industries net zero ambitions. Our dedicated team is committed to providing high-quality training that meets the needs of both apprentices and employers in the Humber region.”

The JTL Electrical Installation apprenticeship is designed to provide apprentices with a comprehensive understanding of electrical systems, safety protocols, and the latest industry standards. It includes a spectrum of sustainable and energy-efficient technologies, reflecting the skills needed for the UK’s transition to net zero. Through hands-on training and theoretical instruction, apprentices will gain the competencies needed to thrive in their careers and contribute to the region’s economic and environmental goals. It is one of six ‘gold standard’ apprenticeships that were awarded the Coronation Emblem in 2023 because it contributes to a low carbon economy and helps to build a workforce that is equipped with the skills needed for a green future.

As part of our commitment to excellence, CATCH will leverage its state-of-the-art facilities and experienced instructors to deliver a training program that is both rigorous and supportive. We believe that by investing in the education and development of future electricians, we are not only addressing current industry needs but also laying the foundation for a sustainable and prosperous future.

If you are an employer and would like to consider recruiting a JTL Electrical Installation apprentice, please contact or


CATCH is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Robinson as the new Director of Education and Training. In this newly created role, Paul will oversee the delivery and implementation of skills and apprenticeship programs, furthering CATCH’s commitment to industrial skills.

With an impressive background in education and development, Paul brings a wealth of experience and a passion for learning. His vision will be instrumental in evolving CATCH’s provision and creating pathways for learners to achieve their career goals.

“We are thrilled to welcome Paul to our team,” said David Talbot, CEO CATCH. “Paul’s expertise and dedication to excellence align perfectly with our mission to train not only new entrants to industry, but also to upskill those that are already making a difference. We are confident that Paul will drive significant growth and success in our skills and apprenticeship programs.”

Paul will lead a dynamic team of tutors and industry professionals, focusing on pathway development, partnerships with employers, and ensuring that programs are aligned with current industry needs. He will also play a crucial role in expanding access to training opportunities, supporting learners from diverse backgrounds, and equipping them with the skills needed to thrive in the workforce.

 Paul Robinson, Director of Education and Training commented, “I am thrilled to be joining CATCH as the new Director of Education and Training. As the industry continues its journey towards achieving net zero and closing the skills gap, I am honoured to be part of its future and look forward to working within the CATCH team and collaboratively with employers to maximise the positive impact across the sector.  It’s an exciting time and CATCH is pivotal in the journey ahead”.

 Catch continues to lead the way in providing high-quality education and training solutions. With the addition of Paul the organisation is poised to further its impact and help more individuals achieve their goals.

For more information about Catch and its programs, please visit


The Humber Environmental Managers Conference was held at CATCH on 5th June as part of Humber BizWeek.  Martin Jones, the group’s chairman from Yara, welcomed over 50 delegates, in person and via Teams, drawn from the CATCH network and guests.  Matthew Sanders, Senior Ecologist from Arup introduced Biodiversity Net Gain providing an overview of the requirements under the Environment Act, how BNG is measured, high-level summary of how the metric works, implications for development.  Matthew then shared valuable experience from current projects, challenges faced such as trading rules, irreplaceable habitats, competing site demands, value of delivering nature for local communities and how partnership working can help.  Matthew took questions.

After a short break, Tammy Smalley, Head of Conservation at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, gave an update on Green Investment in Greater Lincolnshire and explored how the volume of new projects proposed in the region, including National Significant Infrastructure Projects, offer an opportunity to collaborate and improve on biodiversity impacts collectively.  GIGL offers a streamlined approach to meeting BNG obligations with a team of skilled experts, contact

Next up, Andrew Taylor, Natural Environment Policy Specialist, North Lincolnshire Council gave a presentation on Humber Forest & creating woodland at industrial sites.  The ambition to plant 250,000 trees in North Lincolnshire can be tracked on the website

CATCH would like to thank Humber Nature Partnership and Humber BizWeek for their support over many years for this annual conference.

For more information about CATCH network groups and how to become a member please contact

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CATCH are delighted to announce that in September 2024, there will be a cohort of 12 ECITB Scholars being trained at the centre on a pipefitting pathway.

The launch of the new provision is part of the Humber Skills Plan, with an intent to increase the number of new entrants to industry from 100 to 1000 per year. This Summer will see a significant investment in the CATCH Welding & Pipefitting Hub to increase capacity from 28 welding, pipefitting and plating bays to 70, which will open up opportunities to vastly increase the number of learners across all education and training pathways who can access a direct route to industry.

The Scholarship programme is aimed at 16-19 year olds and is funded through ECITB, it is delivered 3 days per week over a 37 week period.

The programme includes;

  • ECITB Level 2 Diploma in Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant and Systems (RQF), Pipefitting Pathway
  • ECITB Clean Energy Technologies
  • ECITB Behavioural Based Safety
  • ECITB Digital Passport
  • ECITB Pre-employment Programme which includes
    • CCNSG Safety Passport
    • Working safely with hand tools, power tools and equipment
    • Manual Handling
    • Low risk confined spaces
    • Working at heights
    • Abrasive Wheels

Scholars who complete the programme will have the foundation skills to move into apprenticeships in industry or as direct site hires. There will be a weekly training allowance paid by the ECITB during term time to support candidates on this programme. CATCH will be working closely with employers as part of the programme to facilitate employer engagement opportunities, work placements and work experience.

James McIntosh, Chief Commercial Officer at CATCH said “To become the provider of choice in the Humber for the ECITB Scholarship programme is a real privilege. This programme will create a pathway for an additional 12 learners to gain an opportunity to come into an industry that is crying out for more skilled individuals. It is estimated that the Humber region needs an additional 1700 pipefitters to deliver net zero transition, so programmes such as the Scholarship can complement apprenticeships and other upskilling and reskilling programmes to create more new entrant opportunities.”


Prof Joe Howe welcomed over 50 delegates in person and online to the CATCH Industrial Decarbonisation Network. He introduced Ed Gilford, Hydrogen Development Engineer, Hydrogen Programme, National Gas Transmission.  Ed explained that National Gas Transmissions used to be part of the National Grid. They are a stand-alone company and operate the high-pressure pipeline system throughout the UK. Ed explained that Project Union aim is to repurpose existing transmission pipelines to create a hydrogen backbone for the UK by early 2030s, initially connecting industrial clusters. East Coast Hydrogen is an infrastructure project that spans two of the UKs most intensive industrial clusters Humber and Teesside.  Ed advised that there are 122 consortium members who have signed a letter of support and/or provided forecasts to get a true view of hydrogen demand in the area. 424 gas sites investigated, 191 expected to switch to hydrogen. 22 sites have plans for production and 4 sites have confirmed an intention to store hydrogen. Ed then discussed these figures in more detail including future industrial demand and commercial demand. More details can be found in the Hydrogen delivery plan here –

After questions, Joe introduced Amelia Mitchell ERM.  Amelia explained that ERM is the largest specialist sustainability consultancy in the UK and operates globally. Amelia updated the group on the launch of a new IDRIC funded study, which is a “one year on” study that investigates the impact of recent announcements on the scenarios in the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan.  Following this review, two scenarios are likely to be impacted, mainly due to timelines typically a 2-3 year delay in progress. However, the Humber can still achieve significant reduction by 2030 and deep decarbonisation by 2040. The full report will be made available in the next two weeks and sent on to participants.

After a coffee break Joe introduced Dr Phil Rogers, Equilibrion, who gave a presentation on Decarbonising Heat, Transport and Industry with nuclear energy. A new small company, with a large impact – a consultancy offering project support. Phil explained the different type of nuclear reactors. Gigawatt, small modular, advanced modular and Nuclear Fusion.  Phil explained that Equilibrion’s focus is the Small modular reactors. Phil then discussed the net-zero role for nuclear energy, and the role nuclear plays in government policies.  Next Ed introduced the DESNZ alternative routes to marketing consultation for new nuclear projects, and the siting consultation where they put a draft out of the national policy statement for EN-7 – enabling the construction of a new nuclear power station – removing the barrier of specific sites.  Phil told the group about the launch of eq. flight, which is the developing project for sustainable aviation fuel and eq. hydrogen -which seeks to aggregate demand suitable for nuclear offtake.

Next Joe introduced Dr Geeta Lakshmi, University of Lincoln, who told the group about the IDRIC project Inspiring young minds: work skills readiness for decarbonisation in the Humber. The project looked at how schools and colleges are preparing the future workforce.  Geeta discussed the methodologies they used, including modified / age appropriate surveys and analysis. 837 responses received across Franklin College (mean age 16.7)  and 5 schools (mean age 12.7). And 18 responses from teachers, including 2 interviews of senior leaders.  Geeta then discussed the findings, categorised into knowledge, attitude and career motivation. Following the research they have conducted workshops in schools and then commissioned e-learning materials and a journal paper produced.

Joe summarised the meeting and brought the event to a close, thanking speakers and attendees.


As the Humber region gears up for a monumental transition towards achieving net zero emissions, the demand for skilled professionals in project management and project controls has never been more critical. In light of this urgent need, 20/20 Project Management Training is delighted to announce the launch of its innovative courses at CATCH on June 20th.

The event marks an exciting opportunity for companies in the region to discover firsthand the comprehensive suite of courses offered by 20/20. With a focus on equipping professionals with the necessary skills to navigate complex project landscapes, the courses aim to address the growing demand for skilled talent in project-based roles.

Partnering with CATCH underscores 20/20’s commitment to leveraging the expertise and resources of the Humber region. CATCH’s extensive network of member companies provides an ideal platform for fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, essential elements in driving successful project outcomes.

The decision to collaborate with CATCH is further bolstered by insights gleaned from the Humber Skills Plan project, which identifies a pressing need for at least 2000 additional individuals skilled in project management and project controls to facilitate the transition to a net-zero economy. By aligning efforts with CATCH, 20/20 aims to play a pivotal role in addressing this crucial skills gap and supporting the region’s ambitious sustainability goals.

The launch event on June 20th will offer attendees an exclusive opportunity to explore the diverse range of courses available, interact with industry experts, and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and best practices in project management and controls.
James McIntosh, CATCH Chief Commercial Officer said “We are thrilled to be able to enhance the range of training provision offered in the Humber region for our members and the associated supply chain. We know that we have an incredible number of new projects coming the region and whilst CATCH focuses on the Level 3 trade and craftsperson roles, we need to ensure that we also can provide solutions for other key areas across the skills mix. Collaboration across providers is the only way that industry will be able to meet net zero demands so this is the first step of what I am sure will be an exciting partnership.”

Companies interested in attending the launch event are encouraged to register early to secure their register please email lisa – Registration is at 10am for a 10.30am start closing at 12 with some lunch and networking.


10:00 – Coffee and Networking

10:30 – Welcome and Introduction- James McIntosh, CCO, CATCH

10:45 – Addressing the skills challenge in Project Management and Project Control, Phillip Jefferies CMgr FCMI MAPM, Director of Sales & Marketing, 20/20

11:00 – Course Overviews

11:30 – Questions and Answers

12:00 – Lunch and Networking


CATCH held their Major Hazards Network Group on Wednesday 25 April with a blended audience of 35 delegates.  The session was opened by new chair Dan Rawdin, Risk and Assurance Manager with SSE Thermal.  Dan introduced Toni Needham, Technical Manager – Hydrogen and Electrical Safety at the Energy Institute who outlined the range of hydrogen projects funded by the EI’s hydrogen committee, their overall work plan and strategy.  Publications available on hydrogen from the Energy Institute are available at (

The next joint presentation was from Navdeep Kahlon from Progressive Energy and Sean Baker from ERM who presented their work on a comprehensive, high-level review of key UK safety regulations applicable to the hydrogen lifecycle and how this was developed into guidance for industry with supporting case studies.  The guidance document is available from the Energy Institute –

Guidance for UK hydrogen safety case development onshore and offshore | EI – Publishing (

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