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CATCH has been selected as a finalist for the ECI Training & Development awards, in the category of “Training Provider of the Year”.

The award is to recognise an exceptional training provider with a proven track record in delivering high quality training & assessment and creating a positive impact with learners, employers and clients. The awards will take place on Thursday 2nd November at The Cutty Sark in London.

The Approved Training Provider category is full of strong competition, with fellow finalists GSS Training and Forth Valley College both in the running for the award.

It is the 2nd time in 4 years that CATCH has been selected as a finalist, having won the award in 2019, only 2 years after the CATCH Skills training brand was formed. Since becoming an ECITB training provider, CATCH has awarded ECITB qualifications to over 7000 learners across various training programmes. The CATCH footprint has grown exponentially in the past 12 months which has led to us delivering courses across the UK on clients’ sites including Scotland, Isle of Man, Teeside, West Yorkshire, Wales and the South East of England.

In addition, the launch of our apprenticeship programmes across Electrical, Instrumentation, Mechanical, Process Operations, Welding & Pipefitting, some of which are for ECITB clients and supply chain contractor employers, has seen us take steps to help bridge the skills gap in the region and meet the demand of net zero transition. Our apprenticeship programme features a range of added value courses, some of which are accredited by ECITB, to enhance the learners skills set and experience before they join site in their second year of training.

CATCH Chief Operating Officer, James McIntosh said “We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist for the ECITB Training & Development Awards. To make the final 3 providers is great recognition for the hard work and effort of our fantastic team of people at CATCH. I am sure the event will be an enjoyable evening and showcase the many success stories that we have in our industry ”.

Find out more about the ECI Training and Development awards here.


As part of the government’s strategy and commitment to clean growth and net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the £66 million Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge brings together the metals, glass, paper, ceramics, cement and bulk chemical industries to address environmental impact and global competitiveness.

A comprehensive study carried out by the Enterprise Resource Centre (ERC), commissioned by TFI, has highlighted the scarcity of diversity within boardrooms as a barrier to fostering innovation. This study has proposed a key solution: a call for increased diversity within senior positions across the Foundation Industries.

As part of TFI’s commitment to the future prosperity of the Foundation Industries, we are offering 20 fully funded places as part of a 12-month pilot Leadership programme, with additional coaching, starting in Autumn 2023. We are looking to recruit enthusiastic individuals from across the Foundation Industries who have a vocational background (e.g. through an apprenticeship programme or entering work directly from school or college) and welcome applicants from varied age groups, ethnic minorities, and genders and sexes.

Download further details and the self-nomination form here


Dave Evans, Senior Auditor, conducted a Concom Outage Client Safety Tour at the EP SHB power station towards the end of the shutdown. Senior members of EP SHB management were also present during the tour and were highly impressed by the professionalism, cleanliness, and tidiness despite the extensive activities that had taken place.

The Concom Apprentice of the Year Award interviews were held, with 7 nominees, 5 of whom were interviewed, and 4 winners were selected. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at Catch in August, with more details about the winners to be revealed next month.

Recently, 9 audits were carried out, and the Concom team expresses gratitude to all involved for their time, preparations, and hospitality. The positive feedback from contractor members was greatly appreciated.

In preparation for later this year,  free Concom Awareness Training is planned for contractor members. The training will focus on the subject of raising safety observations and addressing near misses. Keep an eye out for flyers and updates.

The Concom Team is set to launch the new Concom Portal for clients in September. After careful consideration, it was decided that the overviews, training, communications, and other features would be best introduced after the holiday season. The portal will be rolled out for contractor members following the launch. Stay informed through updates on LinkedIn and your email Inbox.

Concom is actively working on promoting and communicating its services through social media, particularly on LinkedIn. You can follow the Catch and/or Dave Evans pages and feel free to ‘like’ and share their posts.


IDRIC (the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre) is pleased to announce funding through The University of Lincoln as part of its secondment programme. The funding will mean that Katie Hedges of  CATCH will be seconded to the University under IDRIC’s secondment programme until mid-February 2024 for 1 day per week.

Katie was instrumental in taking the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan from bid concept to delivery.  Her depth of knowledge about the UK’s largest industrial cluster is unique and CATCH is committed to working with key regional partners to ensure their members and stakeholders see a strong legacy built for the region from the Cluster Plan.

Katie will work closely with Professor Joe Howe, the IDRIC Academic Cluster Lead for the Humber who was has also recently been appointed.

David Talbot, CATCH CEO said ‘This secondment is a great opportunity for our universities to come together with local public and private sector stakeholders to drive forward cluster plan next steps’

Professor Joe Howe said ‘This secondment will ensure acceleration of the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan actions for research and innovation priorities and build stronger connections between the Humber industrial cluster and the over 30 Academic Institutions  that are part of IDRIC’s UK research programme. It will also build opportunities for additional strategic secondment opportunities in the area.’

Katie Hedges added ‘Through this exciting secondment opportunity we can ensure rapid knowledge exchange can progress the suite of recommendations and actions critical to meeting deep decarbonisation targets by 2030 and net zero by 2040 for the largest industrial cluster in the UK.’

The Humber’s cluster plan was published in March 2023.  The outputs include key reports including market, policy, regulation & social studies, each with a strong set of recommendations for action –

More information on the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre can be found here:

CATCH, the leading provider of industrial apprenticeships, based in Stallingborough, proudly hosted its first annual Apprenticeship Awards ceremony on 6th July. The event recognised the accomplishments of the rising stars of the future and showcased their outstanding contributions to the industry.

The CATCH Apprenticeship Awards, which were hosted at the Stallingborough Grange Hotel, brought together professionals, industry leaders, apprentices, and their families to honor the dedication and commitment displayed by the next generation of industry craftspeople.

Throughout the event, attendees heard from prominent people in the industry, who commended the hard work and determination of the apprentices. The awards ceremony highlighted the importance of apprenticeships in developing practical skills, nurturing talent, and building a workforce for the future.

Among the highlights of the evening was the presentation of various awards in recognition of outstanding achievements.

The Reynolds Apprentice of the Year  – Henry Whitehead, Birch Solutions. This prestigious award celebrated the apprentice who demonstrated exceptional technical proficiency, a strong work ethic, and outstanding contributions to their team and organisation.

Henry commented, “”As someone who’s come back into education later in life, I’ve come a long way in my learning and development since starting the apprenticeship, so receiving this award really meant a lot to me and showed that I’m on the right career path.”

“We have created the CATCH Apprenticeship Awards to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our exceptional apprentices,” said Eve McIntosh, Apprentice Account manager, CATCH

“Their dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment to their respective specialisms are a testament to the bright future that lies ahead. We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and grateful for their contributions to our industry.  We are proud to offer the most employer focused pathways in the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Humber regions and the awards ceremony serves as a reminder of the importance of investing in apprenticeships and providing a premium hands on experience for aspiring craftspeople”

Full list of 2023 award winners:

Most Improved Award Electrical sponsored by Greenergy

Winner: Libby Manning – Triton Power


Most Improved Award Mechanical sponsored by Wood

Winner: Adam Stevens – Tronox


Most Improved Award Process sponsored by Cargill

Winners: Tom Havler – Triton Power and Lawrence Burchell – Lenzing Fibers


Academic Achiever Award Electrical sponsored by Enfinium

Winner: Kyle Mortlock – Ineos


Academic Achiever Award Mechanical sponsored by CSNRI

Winner: Lucy Wilson – Wood Group


Academic Achiever Award Mechanical Special Recognition sponsored by CSNRI

Winner: Tom Kerridge – 2 Sisters Food Group


Academic Achiever Award Process sponsored by Cargill

Winners: Matthew Richardson – Prax and James McCann – VPI Immingham


Practical Competency Award – Electrical sponsored by SIAS

Winner: Grace Walton – Tronox


Practical Competency Award – Mechanical sponsored by SIAS

Winner: Henry Whitehead – Birch Solutions


Practical Competency Award – Process sponsored by Prax

Winners: Joseph Masterton – Solenis and Ethan Hill – Cargill


The Above and Beyond Award sponsored by VEGA

Winner: Matthew Gale – Air Products


The Rising Star Award sponsored by Air Products

Winner: Joshua Gray – Cargill


The CATCH Friend Award sponsored by CATCH

Winner: William Hargreaves – VPI Immingham


The Employer Award sponsored by the Apprentice Employment Agency

Winner: Harry Tant – Tronox


Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Reynolds Training Services

3rd Place – Kyle Mortlock – Ineos

2nd Place – James McCann – VPI Immingham

Winner: Henry Whitehead – Birch Solutions

 For more information about CATCH Apprenticeships and its commitment to securing future skills in the engineering, energy, process and renewables industries please visit


CATCH was delighted to host a special session of the Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Network featuring Edwin James Group and the Institute of Collaborative Working.  The session was well attended by over 50 in person delegates who learnt about the benefits of collaborative working in contract performance and how industrial clusters can embed collaboration successfully to improve safety performance, decrease project risk and improve societal benefits.

David Talbot, CATCH CEO opened the event and welcomed Christopher Kehoe, CEO from Edwin James Group who co-chaired the session and has been an advocate for the Institute of Collaborative Working for many years.

The first speaker was Frank Lee, CEO of the Institute of Collaborative Working.  Frank explained that working collaboratively means being honest and truthful and building trust and resilience with partners.  Collaboration will be essential as we move towards meeting net zero targets each of us will need to explore our Scope 3 emissions.  Measuring and monitoring performance, for example, social value outcomes and impacts are critical.  Frank spoke of evidence of improved safety performance in contracts where principles of collaborative working have been implemented.  Structure is the key to effective collaboration and helps manage risk – look at your systems, processes, competence and culture.

Louise McMahon, Strategy and Business Improvement Director at Kier Highways gave the next presentation which was a case study to describe how the Kier Group has used a robust framework for both internal and external collaboration.  Building strong supply chain partnerships is one of the success criteria for the business.  Kier was awarded the ISO44001 standard in 2017, being one of the early adopters.  Louise recognised that the standard is hard but what are the risks of not doing it?  The ICW has an assessment tool that organisations can use to see where they are on the journey.

Stuart Driscoll, Managing Director of Parker Technical Services presented a Sellafield case study.  Historically, projects at the complex site have overrun and gone over budget.  The collaborative approach established a Programme and Project Partnership of key partners to deliver improved performance over a 20 year pipeline of major infrastructure projects.  The PPP work together to identify and mitigate risks, measure performance, and meeting social impact targets including local job creation and training opportunities, meeting environmental targets, as well as school engagement.

After the break, Mark Orpin, COO Edwin James Group, gave a presentation on how the organisation has driven up apprentice numbers to over 150 learners across a group of 1000 employees.  Mark explored the drivers and challenges this has presented and the wider skills shortages across the sector.

David Talbot led a Q&A panel featuring all speakers and took questions from the audience.


Last week CATCH was lucky enough to host our second school trip through Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC). Ormiston South Parade Academy came to visit!

Mark Booth, Head of Skills, CATCH said,  “Through the CIEC we have committed to hosting two school visits per year, to inform the children in a fun and practical way about industry careers. Hopefully assisting with building the employees of the future and narrowing the industries skills gap. We were thrilled to welcome Ormiston South Parade Academy pupils, who we all impeccably behaved and pleasure to have on-site with us”

Charlotte Carter, Year 5/6 Teacher,  Ormiston South Parade Academy said, “Wow! Where do I even start!  Thank you so much for such a fantastic project that our pupils have been very lucky to have been part of.  The trip was probably the best trip I’ve ever been on since starting teaching.  My class are a mixed bunch of pupils with a variety of SEN needs and they were honestly so hooked on all the activities. All the staff at CATCH were so kind, patient and such a delight to work with. I definitely have a number of inspired engineers on my hands now.”

The CIEC aim to promote excellence in primary science teaching and learning, increase children’s and teachers’ awareness of STEM careers and industries, and raise children’s science capital.  Mark Contined, “CATCH is very proud to be a part of this amazing initiative to encourage children to consider a career in engineering, giving them hands-on experience and a flavour of what it’s like in industry.  I really can’t recommend enough any company getting involved, a very satisfying and rewarding experience.”

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We are pleased to announce that CATCH has successfully passed the rigorous ISO 9001 audit, for the 7th year running. Demonstrating our commitment to quality assurance and to delivering quality services.  This accomplishment further strengthens our position as a reliable and trustworthy partner for our members, clients, delegates, and stakeholders, assuring them of consistent quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

CATCH was awarded the internationally recognised standard with zero non-conformances. Meaning we consistently meet customer requirements and have a proven, robust quality management system across all our operational areas, including policies, procedures, and processes. The audit examined various aspects such as customer relationships, leadership commitment, risk management, continuous improvement, and adherence to regulatory requirements.

Paul Snowden, Head of Operations, CATCH, said, “We are thrilled to have passed the ISO 9001 audit. The re-certification is a real testament to the CATCH team ensuring that we follow our procedures and put the customer at the heart of everything we do. To pass with zero non-conformances is a fantastic achievement, and is the result of many dedicated hours of work to fine-tune our processes to be the best they can be”.

Jasmine Greenhalgh, Executive Assistant / HR officer, CATCH, commented, “The ISO process involves the whole CATCH team working consistently together. From reviewing departmental procedures, to checking our supplier certification, to attending ISO review meetings and conducting audits.  This accomplishment reflects our company values of taking care of our people, being agile, working collaboratively, and always working ethically”.

Special thanks to Paul, Jasmine, Libbi, and Rebecca for their dedication and for leading the company through the audit process.


David Talbot, CEO CATCH warmly welcomed delegates online and in person to the CATCH Industrial Decarbonisation Network with DNV on the 14th June.  David introduced Hari Vamadevan, Senior Vice President at DNV, who provided the audience with an introduction.

Hari gave thanks to CATCH and explained that recently 2 coal power plants have recently been brought back online, which is a stark reminder that the energy systems balance remains a challenge for the UK.  Hari told the audience that DNV have produced over a number of years a Global Energy Transition Outlook, however now are able to share the UK Energy Forecast report, which is a cost based, single scenario.

Frank Ketelaars, Project Manager of the UK Energy Forecast report, advised that the report was their best estimate of the future landscape. He went on to discuss the four pillars of the UK energy system, demand, supply, infrastructure and investment.   Frank explained that even though GDP and population are set to grow, energy demand is likely to reduce due to large scale electrification across all sectors. Fossil fuel is still likely to deliver a third of energy demands mainly for heating, commercial transport and power generation. They predict that there will be a limited uptake of hydrogen by 2050.  The Hydrogen demand will ramp up to 4 MT/yr by 2050, not meeting the government target of 10 GW. Of this Hydrogen, only half of the production will be green.  Mainly due to the amount of renewable electricity required. Frank then explained that the UK’s primary energy supply will shift from fossil fuels (currently at 80%) to low carbon sources such as Nuclear, renewables, variable renewables (70%) by 2050.   Next he explained that the electricity demand in the UK will increase by a factor of 2.5 by 2050, and 95% of this will be low carbon. Of this three quarters will be supplied by variable renewables such as wind and solar.  For this to happen a major expansion of infrastructure and grid connections is required.

Next Laura Woods, Business Development Manager from Associated British Ports provided guests with an update on the Humber Green Energy projects.  Laura told the audience that ABP operate 21 ports in the UK, South Wales, Humber, which is the busiest port cluster and Southampton. They handle 25% of the seaborne trade and contribute 7.5B to the UK economy.  Laura explained that Air Products are the key partner for the Immingham Green Energy Terminal, which will see a new jetty and up to two births for the importation of Ammonia. This project will kick start the hydrogen economy, particularly hydrogen for mobility and decarbonisation of the transport sector.  The East site will include ammonia storage, hydrogen production and hydrogen liquification, with the west site being hydrogen production, liquification, hydrogen storage and vehicle loading. There will be a pipeline corridor between the two sites and a corridor for jetty access road and pipeline.  Next Laura explained about their project with Viking CCS, developing a CO2 transport and storage network connected to the Immingham cluster. A new pipeline is proposed to transport C02 to offshore storage in the Southern North Sea.

Next Frank, Laura and David participated in a Q&A panel hosted by James Jenkins, DNV, which largely centered around a skilled workforce to deliver the projects.  David explained that the engineering and construction workforce is a transient one, and that as a region we are competing against other sectors and areas of the UK for skilled people. We have three main areas of concern such as the existing skills gap, an aging workforce and that we will need in excess of 22,000 high quality engineering construction jobs such as pipefitters and welders. David advised that the only way to do this, was for all stakeholders to work together.

The meeting was closed by James Jenkins, DNV, who thanked attendees for their time.

The next CATCH Industrial Decarbonisation Meeting takes place on the 4th July – details here


CATCH hosted the Environmental Managers Network meeting on Wednesday 7 June.  Martin Jones, HESQ Manager at Yara UK, and the groups chair, welcomed 20 in person delegates and 20 online participants to the meeting.  Introductions were made.

Martin introduced the first speakers from the Environment Agency, Kathryn Richardson, Environment Manager for East Yorkshire and Matt Woollin, Technical Specialist in the Installations Team for North & East Yorkshire, who gave an update on the Environmental Constraints project.  Kathryn thanked the group for their support and input into the project, which is key to supporting consistent and applicable regulation for emerging net zero technologies.  Matt was joined by Tom Glyn-Jones, Senior Advisor (Decarbonisation & Net Zero) Climate Change & Energy Programme at the EA to describe some of the key findings in the water constraints study, including the likelihood of developers needing to consider water sources beyond access to ground and surface water supplies.  Consideration is being given to large inter-regional water transfers and further clarity on the demand side will improve timely delivery of appropriate solutions.  Kathryn, Tom & Matt took questions.

The next input was a great presentation from Colin Robinson, Business Manager UK & Ireland at Evides which covered an interesting water case study from the Netherlands.  Colin outlined how water constraints and increasing industrial and commercial demand in Eemshaven has seen a project developed to supply water from Groningen – 28km away.  The project delivers 500m3/hr of demin water from a water reclamation plant which is supplied via pipeline.  Users in Eemshaven included cooling for a large data centre.  Colin commented that many developers and new users of water are focused on sustainability and taking a longer-term view when planning water use/re-use and lowering liquid emissions.  Colin took questions.

The final presentation was given by Rob Barker, Industrial Customer Manager and Oli Shelley, Head of Operations at Wave who provided detail on the drivers to reduce water use and the expectations that non household water demand will be managed and ultimately reduced against a backdrop of increasing demand across all sectors and for industrial decarbonisation projects.  A 9% demand reduction target has been established through The Environment Act 2021 for non-household water users from the potable water supply.  This signals a change in approach as water companies will need to manage demand through providing assistance to industrial customers to measure and reduce leakage, reduce process losses and maximise re-use.  Completion of a number of site-based water balance calculations could lead to a region wide water balance to provide evidence and ensure longer term plans are going to be effective.  Rob and Oli took questions.

Darren Clark from Humber Nature Partnership gave an update, highlighting how sites are understanding and delivering Biodiversity net gain targets.  The Green Investment in Greater Lincolnshire project, led by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, will see a local market for biodiversity credits established in Greater Lincolnshire.  The supply side is being developed and the next step is to understand what developers are looking for and what they will pay.  Darren added that several Local Nature Recovery Strategies are in development, one will cover the Humber to the Wash and the north bank area is covering Hull and East Riding.  A strong community driven approach is expected.

Andrew Gadd, Circular Economy Coordinator – Yorkshire & the Humber, provided an update on an Industrial symbiosis workshop held in Goole in April.  The event explored reducing raw materials demand and finding alternative uses for waste streams.  The participants learned more about the potential approach of using procurement as a lever to deliver improved circular economy impact and sustainability performance in contracts.

The next Environmental Managers Network will be held on Weds 25 October.

The Environmental Managers Network is held 3 times per year and is open to core CATCH members and members Humber Nature Partnership for more information please contact


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