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Last week 7 learners took part in our 5-day Introduction to Plant Process Operations course.

CATCH Skills have teamed up with Reynolds Training to deliver a hands-on experience using the National Centre for Process Manufacturing.

Activities included Process Route Alignment and Plant Start up along with Batch Process Operations, Monitoring and Shutdown. Whilst covering additional elements such as, vessels, tanks, motors, pumps, and lots more.

For more information on this course please contact the team on or call 01469 552852



CATCH and SIAS have today announced an exciting new partnership to support apprenticeships in the Humber region.  

James McIntosh Chief Operating Officer from CATCH said: “I am delighted for us to be working in partnership with SIAS and recommending their EPA services to our group of employers.

“Since meeting Steve Smith and hearing his vision and strategy for how SIAS operates, there are a number of synergies between our organisations that will allow us to offer a bespoke end-to-end process operations and engineering maintenance apprenticeship tailored to meet our industry requirements.

“We are pleased to have found an end point assessment organisation that are as keen as we are to engage with employers and support their learners throughout their journey.”

Steve Smith, Managing director of SIAS said: “We are honoured that CATCH has selected SIAS to recommend to their employers as their EPAO of choice for the apprenticeship standards which they currently deliver across manufacturing, process and maintenance engineering.

“CATCH are really leading the way across the Humber, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond, in the delivery and development of critical future skills particularly within the STEM and Renewables space, their mission aligns closely with what drives SIAS forward as the leading EPAO for technical Science, Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeships.

“Add to that a world class training facility, a level of ambition, of energy, and a commitment to real partnerships and to delivering outstanding value to employers which matches our own – and it was clear from day one that there was an incredibly strong synergy between our two organisations.

“I’m excited about working closely with James and the whole team at CATCH to deliver a truly innovative and best in market end to end apprenticeship model, which will both delight employers, but also importantly will give apprentices the very best experience possible, and allow them to maximise their undoubted potential as they transition into meaningful careers.”

The partnership comes into effect immediately.


On the 11th January 2023 chemical engineering students took part in the renowned ‘CATCH Experience’ which is designed to help students put theory into practice. The students, from the University of Huddersfield, took part in hands on activities throughout the day including flange integrity and pump assembly and process plant familiarisation with heat exchangers and simulator exercises. Utilising the National Centre for Process and Manufacturing, the programme complements and adds value to the students existing studies in a safe replicated industrial environment.

Paul Singh from the University said “Working collaboratively with CATCH has allowed the Chemical Engineering programme at the University of Huddersfield offer more to its students. A facility like CATCH along with their experience staff members allowed the students to get up close and personal with process equipment in a safe setting.

All students thoroughly enjoyed their time spent at CATCH, feedback received included:

“I was able to put into practice what have learned at University, especially in regards to process control.”

“CATCH gave me a real insight into what it means to be a process engineer.”

“Currently we are studying process control and have learnt how to interpret P&IDs. It was also interesting to see the actual equipment we have learnt about such as, pumps and heat exchangers”






Humber 2100+ Strategy
The current flood risk management strategy, ‘Planning for the Rising Tides’ was put in place in 2008 and took a strategic approach to managing flood risk on the Humber. Over £150m has been invested in flood defence improvements in recent years as a result of the current Strategy, improving the standard of protection to 70,000 properties.

When the original Humber Strategy was developed, we agreed to subject it to regular review to ensure that it still meets the future needs of the people, property and the environment around the Humber Estuary. The 2013 tidal surge gave us better evidence for how flood water will behave, and that has made the case for a new Strategy.

Humber 2100+ strategy is a partnership consisting of 12 local authorities from around the Humber and the Environment Agency. We are working together, in association with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Natural England and Internal Drainage Boards, to develop a strategy that will reinforce our long term ambition for a prosperous Humber with a world class economy and a world class environment, which is a safe and sustainable place to live, work and visit.

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CATCH hosted the Major Hazards Group on Thursday 3 November.  The group was attended by over 30 in person and online delegates and is an integral part of the core networks delivered for CATCH membership services.

David Hughes welcomed delegates to the meeting and introduced the first guest speaker James Jenkins, Region Segment Manager – Onshore Oil & Gas & Energy Systems at DNV Services UK.  James gave a presentation about General Hydrogen Safety Awareness including Hydrogen Hazards.  James compared the properties of hydrogen in comparison with methane and other similar gases.  A number of videos demonstrated the effect on outflow, fire and explosion hazards of hydrogen showing tests at specialist facilities.  James spoke about the importance of safer design and hazard management when dealing with hydrogen, recognising that at low concentrations (below 15%) hydrogen behaves in a similar way to other hydrocarbons.

The next presentation topic was from IChemE Project: Lessons Learned Working Group given by Tony Tate, Process Safety Advisor with bp.  Tony detailed the IChemE approach to major hazards management which is a priority topic. A working group has set up a project with the aim to enhance the impact of IChemE lessons learned resources, turning good practice into common practice.  Tony is keen to hear feedback about the resources available and how the group access and use this information.

After a break, Lyn Dario, Partner, Environmental & Regulatory at Tyr provided a Health, Safety and Environmental legislation and regulatory update.  Lyn provided valuable expert insights on recent environmental and HSE cases and enforcement trends.  The group discussed some of the challenges faced by the competent authority in recruiting and retaining resources.  For more information and support please contact

The next Major Hazards Group will be held on 16 March 2023 at CATCH.

CATCH core network groups are for members companies, for more information please contact


CATCH Skills have recently delivered a bespoke Confined Space Emergency Response course for Prax!

The main focus was to create real life scenarios of a rescue using a live casualty. This was to practise initiating a rescue, the responsibilities of a team leader/ member and ensuring clear communication.

We included additional elements of first aid including, emergency resuscitation, casualty handling and oxygen administration.

Lee Christie, Refinery Fire and Safety Leader said “The Confined Space Emergency Rescue Training was really good, the scenarios were realistic and it was really beneficial have live casualty rescues, the facility provided us with the challenges we needed to test our skills and experience.”

Holly Goodwin, CATCH Skills Account Manager added “It has been great supporting Prax with their Confined Space Emergency Rescue Training package. Tailoring the course to meet their site requirements ensures the delegates have a greater understanding and relatable experience within the scenarios. Utilising our purpose built Confined Space Rig for training means we can create real life scenarios, without the real industry risks. This provides individuals with the opportunity to practice and build confidence within a contained environment, should they ever need to perform these for real. In addition to the practical elements, we implemented exactly the same procedures they would follow at their site, ensuring our trainers can support the individuals every step of the way.”

For more information on the bespoke courses CATCH Skills can offer, please contact the team on 01469 552852 or email

Prax Confined Space Emergency Response


CATCH Skills are ECITB accredited to deliver MJI10, MJI18 and MJI19.

The courses can be taught individually or as a full package here at CATCH or on your site.

Delegates will gain the skills required to dismantle, inspect, prepare, assemble and tighten flanged and clamp connector pipe joints and bolted connections using:

  • Hand Torque Bolted Connection Techniques (MJI10)
  • Hydraulic Torque Bolted Connection Equipment and
    Techniques (MJI19)
  • Hydraulic Tensioning Connection and Equipment Techniques

For course dates and costs please contact the team on 01469 552852 or email


mechanical joint integrity


We are pleased to announce that Mark Sacker, Tricoya, Rob Tuplin, Woods at Lindsey Oil Refinery, Dafydd Williams ABP, Simon Rafferty, EFAB and Nick Booth Uniper have been appointed to the CATCH Board of Directors.

Mark Sacker commented-

I have spent most of my working career with Singleton Birch Group, starting in 1998.  I have observed CATCH develop over a quarter of a century from a chemical focused training organisation into a more diverse organisation with wider scope spanning process and energy industries.  I have been involved with chemical, process, and energy businesses during my career.

CATCH is a networking hub for the most advanced industrial organisations in the UK.  It is an enabler of collaboration to bring together the common agenda for sustainable business in the Humber Region, exemplified by the Humber Cluster Plan.  It is also a focus on turning the tide on the engineering and process skills gap.  My teenage son recently attended the introduction to industry training at CATCH, which he was thrilled with.

I have recently moved to be Managing Director of the World’s first acetylated wood chip operations at Saltend Chemical’s Park in Hull, Tricoya, co-located with similar cutting edge industrial businesses driving the sustainability agenda.  It is my pleasure to bring my extensive industrial experience from both the South and North Banks of the Humber to contribute to the great work of the CATCH board.  I hope to make a difference in driving this great organisation forward to even greater things!


Register your Interest in a CATCH Apprenticeship for 2023!

You can now register your interest to start the application process for our September 2023 cohort.

You can express your interest in the disciplines below:

  • Process Operations
  • Electrical Technician (including Instrumentation)
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Welding (Pipe Welder, Plate Welder and Pipe Fitter) – New for 2023!

We are also offering the Process Operations apprenticeship in Leeds at Appris, BD4 8AT.

Please click the link below and complete the form to become a part of the process:




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