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On Monday 14th March CATCH Skills, hosted 120 University of Leeds Chemical Engineering students for 4 days to take part in the ‘CATCH Experience’ programme. The students, who were in their 2nd year of their degree programme, benefited from invaluable practical hands on experience, which demonstrated how their skills would be used in the workplace in a few years time. The training included familiarisation with the process plant, simulator, control room within the National Centre for Process Manufacturing (NCPM) and the CATCH Skills mechanical workshop.

Practical “real world” experience in a degree programme is very difficult to achieve yet is valued as extremely important by employers. The CATCH Experience Programme allows students to apply and transfer their Chemical Engineering theoretical studies into practical scenarios, within a safe and controlled environment.

Students who attended the programme said “it gave us a better understanding of the equipment used in Chemical Engineering processes”

They continued, “everything fits the degree perfectly” when asked how it related to their degree. Another student said “The Simulator really helped to visualise some of our modules and how they are used in real world applications”

James McIntosh, Chief Operating Officer added: “The University of Leeds project really showcases the variety that the National Centre for Process & Manufacturing has to offer. With the students being able to get involved with a wide range of mechanical and operations tasks to enhance their degree programme that isn’t available anywhere else. We hope this experience enables them to get an insight into how industry operates and how to apply their academic studies in a practical environment.”

CATCH Skills approach to industry training is unique. Their world class facilities host partnerships with multiple training providers including further education colleges and private organisations who are recognised as leaders in their field. Working closely with companies to generate programmes that offers solutions and cater for their training needs.

Based in Stallingborough, CATCH is an industry led partnership supporting the process, energy, engineering and renewable industries in Yorkshire and Humber. Catering for adult and student learning. If you would like to find out more details, please call 01469 552828 or email


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CATCH is hosting an apprenticeship employer recruitment event on 19th April at our Stallingborough site. The event will allow employers to showcase their apprenticeship vacancies and explain the roles they are looking to recruit for a September start through the CATCH Apprenticeship scheme.  In attendance will be over 100 learners who have come through the CATCH apprenticeship recruitment process and are looking for an employer to start their apprenticeship journey.

The candidates have undertaken a number of assessments and also completed a CATCH interview before being put forward to the recruitment event. This will give them the opportunity to go and find out more about our industry, the companies that are looking to recruit and areas they are offering apprenticeships in (Process Operations, Electrical, Instrumentation or Mechanical). Following the event, candidates will then look to be selected for an interview with an employer and be offered a position for a September start.

Chief Operating Officer James McIntosh said “We are excited to be hosting our first apprenticeship employer recruitment event to start the process of matching up the right candidate to the right employer. We have been impressed by the quality and high calibre of candidates we have met throughout the recruitment process and we are looking forward to introducing them to our employers so they can find out more about the range of apprenticeship vacancies on offer. I am sure it will be a successful event and we look forward to welcoming the successful candidates to site in September to start their apprenticeship!”

If you are an employer looking to recruit a CATCH apprentice and be a part of the event, then please contact

If you are looking to become a CATCH apprentice, there is still time to apply! Please visit for more details.


Our open events allow the opportunity to show you what apprenticeships we have to offer.

What’s included?

  • Site tour of the National Centre for Process Manufacturing (NCPM) and our Mechanical/ Electrical Workshops
  • Quick presentation to explain the added value we include in our apprenticeships
  • Q & A session with our apprenticeships team


For the event you wish to attend please just click the link below and register your interest:


Employers Only

11th March 8.30am – 10am


Open Evenings

8th March – Celebrating international women’s day – 5.00pm-6.00pm, including a panel of women in industry to answer any questions.

8th March- open to all 6.15pm-7.15pm

7th April- open to all 5.00pm-6.00pm or 6.15pm-7.15pm



We are running an event at the Process Manufacturing Centre in Kirklees College for those in West Yorkshire looking for an apprenticeship.

The open event is running Friday 25th February 10.00am-12.30pm.


Applications for all of our apprenticeships are open now:

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CATCH attended the Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair at the First Direct Arena, alongside employer partner Syngenta, to promote careers in industry. The fair took place at the start of National Apprenticeship Week and was well attended with over 4000 people looking to take the first steps in their future careers.

The apprenticeship team showcased testimonials from our current apprentices and highlighted our Science Manufacturing Apprenticeship, delivered in Huddersfield, to the young people who visited the stand.

James McIntosh COO said, “The Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair was a fantastic event to support, it was brilliant to talk to a large number of young people with an interest not only in apprenticeships, but also in process operations. CATCH Apprenticeships have built on the standard apprenticeship pathway to ensure that our learners are fully equipped for the future working environment – we look forward to receiving their applications!”


To apply please visit


Alternatively, you can visit an upcoming open event and either Kirklees Colleges, Process Manufacturing Centre or CATCH, National Centre for Process Manufacturing by booking on through the below link:



**National Apprenticeship Week**

Not sure which route to take?

We have 10 CATCH Science Manufacturing Technician apprentices available for a Teams call on Monday 7th Feb and Tuesday 8th Feb between 8.00am -4.30pm. They work for Syngenta, Lubrizol, BASF and Nufarm. They will be able to speak about the following:


Why they chose an apprenticeship

How they find out about the apprenticeship position

What was involved in the application and interview process

What a typical day at work looks like

What a typical day at college looks like

Followed by a Q and A session for your Yr 11, 12 or 13 students.


Whilst I appreciate not everyone wants to be Science Manufacturing Technician, I would be delighted to work with science classes or a cohort of hand-picked students who are considering an apprenticeship. I am sure any young person would benefit from speaking to first year apprentices about their experience.


If you would like to arrange a Teams call please email Debbie at:


Come along to our open events to learn more about CATCH Apprenticeships, chat with our delivery team, and take a tour of our fantastic facilities!

Apprenticeships we are offering for a September 2024 start!

  • Process Operations (Science Manufacturing Technician)
  • Electrical & Instrumentation (Maintenance, Operations Engineering Technician)
  • Mechanical (Maintenance, Operations Engineering Technician)
  • Pipe Welder 
  • Plate Welder 
  • Fabrication

If you have any questions you can contact the apprenticeship team on 01469 552835.

Dates are –

15th November

7th December

23rd January

8th Feb

To register for an open evening – please email


CATCH Skills are the award-winning training arm of CATCH, which has grown since 1999 into an industry-led, membership community where people come together for support, training, and competency services over the last 20 years.   Working with our members, employers, and stakeholders, we have created 4 premium apprenticeships that are aligned to industry requirements.

We will be showcasing our full offering to Employers at our breakfast event on 11th March 2022, starting at 8:30am.  Employers can have a chat with our expert delivery team to find out how CATCH Apprenticeships can work for you and your business.

To come along please complete the form below to secure your place.  We look forward to seeing you!

Please note this event is employer only, focused at companies who already recruit, or are interested in recruiting apprentices and places will be limited accordingly.


    CATCH Skills have the remaining open course availability for 2021.

    ECITB Small Bore Tubing
    6th-7th December
    Working at Height Unit 2 PPE User 
    12th November
    18th November
    19th November
    2nd December
    CCNSG Safety Passport Renewal
    19th November
    26th November
    ECITB Medium Risk Confined Space
    15th-16th November
    29th-30th November
    13th-14th December
    20th-21st December
    ECITB MJI10,18 & 19 Package
    20th-22nd December
    CCNSG Leading a Team Safely
    29th November
    10th December
    Mental Health First Aid England
    29th-30th November

    You can view alternative dates for 2022 and courses on our website-  

    Require a bespoke course or the course you are looking for isn’t listed?
    Contact us:
    T: 01469 552852


    In August, CATCH Skills delivered a full week of training using a combination of ready to deliver courses and bespoke scenario based training at the National Centre for Process Manufacturing – the UK’s Leading Fully-Operational Tank Farm and Process Plant Training Facility. (NCPM)

    The Vivergo Fuels plant will begin to manufacture E10 petrol from January 2022 and therefore requires a new highly competent workforce. By using CATCH skills to train their new recruits, learners benefitted from a combined learning experience – a practical hands-one experience, risk free at the NCPM plus onsite learning at their premises in Saltend Chemicals Park.

    Mark, supervisor, Vivergo Fuels said “CATCH has fantastic training facilities, with a realistic feel of a working plant”. Steve, supervisor, Vivergo Fuels contributed “Superb tailor-made training, all within one site. A must for training, for both experienced and new operators”.

    Holly Goodwin, Account Manager, CATCH skills added “The whole week was a huge success all round! It was fantastic to see Vivergo’s newest employees gain vital, hands-on experience using our National Centre of Process Manufacturing (NCPM). This leaves them in a great position when they restart their plant in January 2022.  For most delegates, this was their first time working with their new team, this created a brilliant team building and networking opportunity.

    The feedback we received from Vivergo was that it was a brilliant week.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time at CATCH, especially the scenarios created using the NCPM.  It was great that we could replicate Vivergo’s procedures and use their documentation to give their new employees a realistic overview of their operations.  We are currently in discussions with Vivergo to plan for them to return to CATCH in the near future to support them further using the NCPM.”

    To find out how CATCH skills can upskill your workforce, contact Daisy Seddon – or call 01469 552828.  You can also visit our website –

    The NCPM is delivered in partnership with Reynolds Training Services. You can find out more by visiting our dedicated website


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