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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 www.catchuk.org


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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 gigl@lincstrust.co.uk.

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 https://www.northlincs.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/trees-and-hedges/

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 katie.hedges@catchuk.org

For more information about Humber Nature Partnership please get in touch with jackson.sage@humbernature.co.uk


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CATCH are delighted to announce that in September 2025, 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.”


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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 –

https://www.eastcoasthydrogen.co.uk/east-coast-hydrogen-delivery-plan/

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. https://idric.org/resources/report-inspiring-young-minds-work-skills-readiness-for-decarbonisation-in-the-humber/

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


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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 spot.to register please email lisa – lisa.buck@catchuk.org Registration is at 10am for a 10.30am start closing at 12 with some lunch and networking.

Programme:

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


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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 (https://publishing.energyinst.org/topics/hydrogen

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 (energyinst.org)

The next meeting will be our annual Major Hazards Conference with a focus on Cyber Security on 17 July at CATCH, for more information and to find out about exhibitor opportunities please contact katie.hedges@catchuk.org


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22nd April 2024 – Today, the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Task and Finish Group (T&FG), comprising of the Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA), bp, and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), announced the publication of their joint report, “Green Jobs Delivery Group – CCS Task and Finish Group, findings and recommendations of the group”. The report, announced at the CATCH training centre, in Stallingborough, signifies a significant milestone in shaping the future of green jobs in the UK. It will provide vital insights and recommendations to address critical skills gaps and opportunities in the CCS sector.

The report sets out the findings and conclusions from the extensive work of the CCS T&FG. It serves to inform the government’s Green Jobs Action Plan while enabling the CCS sector to navigate skills challenges and opportunities effectively. Focussed primarily on the transport and storage aspects of the CCS sector, the report provides key insights from comprehensive sector-wide inputs between mid-2023 and early 2024.

It highlights that CCS can play a pivotal role in industrial decarbonisation, particularly in unlocking opportunities in blue hydrogen production and in the safeguarding of existing heavy industries and deliver a significant contribution to the future of the UK economy. It also notes that the sector offers opportunities for a transitioning workforce and for international collaboration.

An in-depth labour market analysis revealed the projected workforce demand for CCS transport and storage roles from 2023-2030. Projections show potential peaks of up to 3,000 direct roles in a single year by 2030, with broader direct CCS sector roles peaking at up to 15,000 in a single year during the same period. The report underscores the urgency of addressing skills shortages to ensure the successful deployment of CCS projects.

The analysis also identified critical ‘pinch points’ in occupational demand – including across welding, pipefitting, and geosciences – highlighting challenges such as overlapping skill requirements with other sectors, aging labour profiles, and workforce diversity concerns. The report emphasises the importance of addressing skills shortages to maximise the accessibility of these role to local workforce, avoid inflation of labour costs and maintain the sector’s competitiveness.

The report proposes three key sets of actions to address skills challenges effectively:

  • Continued and increasingly galvanised industry investment in skills development initiatives, including STEM outreach, apprenticeship programmes, and vocational training.
  • Enhanced place-based coordination of skills activities within CCS clusters, supported by wider cross-government policies to drive CCS deployment.
  • Sustained government support and investment in CCS policy to provide certainty for job creation and skill development.

Quotes:

Olivia Powis, UK Director at the CCSA, said: “The findings of this report highlight the critical importance of urgent and targeted interventions to tackle skills shortages and promote workforce development in the CCS sector. By aligning industry initiatives with government policies, we can collaboratively address challenges and opportunities in CCS deployment, driving economic growth and achieving net zero ambitions while fostering a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Andy Lane, VP of Hydrogen and CCUS for the UK, and Chair of The CCS Task and Finish Group said “CCS will play a vital role in the UK’s net zero transition plans and could make a substantial contribution to the future of the UK economy. To deliver on that potential it will need the combined efforts of Government, industry, skills bodies, unions and others to help the UK build the skills the sector needs to thrive. This report is a great example of that collaboration in action and is another important step for the future of the sector.”

Andrew Hockey, CEO of the ECITB said “Collaboration among diverse stakeholders is the cornerstone of progress.  It was a privilege for the ECITB to contribute towards the joint endeavour of producing this report which highlights the fusion of expertise from our respective organisations and emphasises the importance of skills development in driving forwards our collective journey towards a greener and more resilient economy.  Increased investment from both industry and government in developing skills initiatives and vocational training will bolster our ability to integrate CCS technologies into our industrial and energy sectors.  This will enable us to bridge the gap between our current reliance on fossil fuels and a future where we can sustain energy security through renewable sources.”

David Talbot, CEO CATCH said: “CATCH was delighted to host the unveiling of the new Green Jobs and Carbon Capture & Storage report.  Standing at the forefront of the transformation, CATCH aim to deliver 1000 new entrants to industry per year by 2029, with our vision for a new National Net Zero Training Centre.  This initiative is a direct response to the urgent need highlighted in recent labour market analysis, which forecasts a significant increase in workforce demand across industrial clusters by 2030.  The new centre, backed by CCS industries, is designed to address critical ‘pinch points’ in demand for welding & pipefitting skills, ensuring learners are well-prepared to contribute to the sector’s growth.  By focusing on specialised training and development, we are taking a proactive step towards mitigating skill shortages, enhancing workforce diversity, and fostering a competitive edge within the industry.”


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In an inspiring celebration of International Women’s Day, the CATCH Welding and Pipefitting Hub, proudly partnered with Lincoln Electric UK to host an STEM engagement event aimed at encouraging young women to explore careers in the industrial sector. The event, was a resounding success, drawing attention to the importance of diversity and inclusion in traditionally male-dominated fields.

The day was packed with a series of hands-on activities, workshops, and motivational talks designed to inspire the next generation. Participants had the unique opportunity to weld chocolate, construct marshmallow towers, tour the facilities, and listen to empowering stories from female welders who have carved out successful careers in the industry.

One of the highlights of the event was the practical welding session, under the guidance of our skilled apprentices, attendees practiced welding a T-bar before advancing to the challenge of welding their very own trophy kindly provided by Kerf. This hands-on approach not only provided a sense of achievement but also demonstrated the blend of creativity and technical skill that welding requires.

Joel Broddle, Head of  Welding and pipefittig said -“We were delighted to be approached by Lincoln Electric to host this event on International Women’s Day, It’s crucial for young women to see themselves represented in all sectors, including those where they have been historically underrepresented. By partnering with Lincoln Electric UK, we aimed to breakdown the stereotypes and showcase the exciting opportunities available in the world of welding and beyond. Thank you to Emma Wallis, Yasmin Whale and Andreas Fetz from Lincoln Electric for making the day such a huge success. They also provided goodie bags for all participants and prizes for the best apprentice trainer – won by Theo Boyd from Tronox, and the best learner of the day was Eve, from Ron Dearing”.

For more information about the event and future initiatives, please contact Joel – joel.broddle@catchuk.org


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CATCH is thrilled its much-anticipated Annual Dinner for 2024, is set to take place on May 9th at the prestigious Forest Pines Hotel. This event promises an evening filled with networking opportunities, great food and entertainment!

The evening will kick off with a drink’s reception at 6pm, offering guests a chance to mingle and connect before being seated for a three-course dinner at 7pm. The dinner will also feature a welcome from CATCH CEO David Talbot and to close the formal part of the evening there will be a special guest appearance by Robin Ince, a renowned comedian, actor, and writer, best known for co-presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox.

The event will also include a charity raffle draw, with some fantastic prizes in the offering –  with proceeds supporting young people and STEM activities and our chosen charity NE Lincs Downs Syndrome Family Support.

The event plays host to main sponsors, Phillips 66, RWE, VPI and SSE Thermal plus nearly 200 industry guests.

Paul Fursey, UK Lead Executive and General Manager Humber Refinery said “We are proud supporters of CATCH as they play an integral role in developing the next generation of skills industry needs. With plans to develop a Net Zero training Centre, they will support us even further as industry in the Humber region works towards a lower carbon future.”

Corrine Barry , RWE  UK East Coast Director for Net Zero, said “RWE is the largest power producer in the U.K and a leading renewables generator supplying around 15% of UK electricity with a diverse operational portfolio of onshore wind, offshore wind, hydro, biomass and gas. At RWE, our vision is to be entirely carbon neutral by 2040, whilst continuing to provide clean, secure, and affordable energy. We are proud to be supporting the CATCH annual awards dinner for 2024”.

Jade Fernandez, SSE Thermal, Head of Stakeholder Engagement added, “SSE Thermal are proud sponsors of the 2024 CATCH Annual Dinner. Having the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our young Humber talent alongside businesses from across the region is a real privilege.

CATCH continues to play a key role in developing the skills and talent that will be required to deliver the UK’s net zero future, with exciting expansion plans on the horizon for the organisation, it’s leading role in supporting industry and contributing to the local, regional and national economy will continue to grow.   We look forward to celebrating success and supporting the CATCH team in their mission to inspire and educate the industry’s future craftspeople.    The CATCH Annual Dinner 2024 is not just an event but a beacon of inspiration and collaboration towards a sustainable and prosperous future for the industry and the region. It is an evening not to be missed by those who are passionate about the development of skills, talent, and the transition to a lower carbon economy”.

If you would like any further details about the CATCH Annual Dinner please contact Lisa – lisa.buck@catchuk.org


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The growing CATCH apprenticeship programme was rated “GOOD” at their first official Ofsted inspection, which took place 29th-31st January 2024, with a grading of “OUTSTANDING” for Behaviours and Attitudes.

The inspection team, who visited the Stallingborough facility over three days, highlighted the fantastic CATCH learning environment, which fosters exemplary attitudes toward learning, punctuality, and respect in all interactions from the Apprentices.

The report detailed that this positive learning culture is underpinned by high-quality, industry-led training delivered by well-qualified tutors with significant technical knowledge and expertise. Apprentices benefit from a curriculum that not only meets but exceeds industry standards, offering opportunities for additional qualifications and engaging in a wide range of skill-refining activities, including competitions and collaborative projects. The emphasis on personal and social development, alongside technical skills, particularly in promoting STEM subjects and supporting community initiatives, showcases CATCH’s commitment to apprentice development.

During the visit, the inspectors discovered extensive engagement activities, showcasing CATCHs commitment to widening participation in STEM subjects and industry careers – including programmes for school children, vulnerable groups, and adult learners – highlighting a proactive approach to community engagement and social responsibility.

The provision also received praise for integrating feedback from employer forums into curriculum development, alongside working with employers to provide practical on-and-off-the-job training, underscoring CATCH’s responsiveness to industry needs. Also highlighted was the extensive safeguarding curriculum which further demonstrated to Ofsted the commitment to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all apprentices.

David Talbot CATCH CEO said.

“I am extremely proud that CATCH has been recognised as a “GOOD” provider of industrial apprenticeships, and achieving an OUTSTANDING rating in the Behaviour and Attitudes category with only two years of operation is nothing short of extraordinary.

This is a significant milestone for our organisation, especially considering our ambitious future plans. While I refrain from highlighting individual contributions, I must extend my gratitude to those who engaged with the inspectors  who showcased our educational and training excellence, and diligently gathered the necessary evidence to validate our collective efforts. This success is the culmination of  continued efforts from our dedicated, highly experienced and proactive team combined with excellent feedback from learners, parents, and employers”

Read the full Ofsted report here.


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