Taking training to where it is needed is part of the business philosophy of Maersk Training who have a global footprint in instructing in the oil & gas, maritime and wind energy industries. Identifying the Humber region as an important hub in the renewable energy section, triggered the establishment of the company’s fourth centre in the United Kingdom. The centre, just outside Grimsby, is in conjunction with CATCH, who are a recognised connection to the industry in the area.

John Abate, the Managing Director of Maersk Training in the UK explained the connection. “CATCH is an industry led partnership with a purpose to develop competencies and support the local business community. Principles close to our own and we look forward to working closely in partnership with CATCH to support that vision.”

The newest centre opens on May 1st to fulfil the need of delivering the best competency-based training through one of the broadest course portfolios in the area. The current portfolio includes all GWO courses, including the newly launched GWO Blade Repair course, making Maersk Training the only provider in the world to offer the complete set of GWO courses.

David Talbot CEO at CATCH said ‘we are really pleased to be partnering with Maersk Training at our site here at CATCH.  The Maersk name is synonymous with quality in the offshore environment, and we welcome them to the Humber region at a time when the offshore wind sector deal has been announced that will secure the UK’s position at the forefront of the industry, and the Energy Estuary as a leading region within the UK.’

Maersk Training started in Denmark 40 years ago and has since established a reputation for raising standards across the three core industries it serves. Today it has three other centres in the UK, two in Denmark and others in Norway, Brazil, India, the Middle East and the United States as well as numerous satellite operations with the aim of having training on the doorstep.

Sometimes the need for training becomes even more localised. For a decade two specialised containers have individually toured the world. They each contain a simulator which opens the opportunity to assess candidate crane drivers, to instruct new ones and to re-evaluate and realign the abilities of current staff.

In the world of renewals Maersk Training in the UK offered world’s first Mobile Training Solution for the wind industry. It’s a three-container solution, currently set up at Walney it delivers GWO training for Ørsted. A second unit is currently under construction with the potential to deliver instruction at a new government backed college in Taiwan. Maersk Training in India have developed and deployed a single container unit.

Rob Howes, the Senior Learning and Development Specialist of Ørsted Offshore Wind Operations –

“It is great news that Maersk Training are moving into the Humber region and particularly into CATCH.  CATCH is a fantastic learning facility that benefits the Humber massively in terms of Skills and Training.  Ørsted are proud to work with Maersk Training as our main provider for Offshore safety training and it is great they will be practically on the door step of our New East Coast Hub Facility in Grimsby, where we hope to Employ up to 400 people over the next few years.  The East Coast Hub building will service 5 of our Offshore wind farms operating out of Grimsby and the fact we can access Offshore safety training locally has huge benefits.  We wish Maersk Training and CATCH the very best with this agreement and we look forward to working with them in the future.”


Tronox Holdings plc completed its acquisition of the titanium dioxide business of The National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited, known as Cristal, becoming one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality titanium dioxide and zircon. This highly synergistic combination positions Tronox to increase production and better meet global demand in a competitive global market.


For more information about Tronox, please visit


On 18th March 2019 CATCH Skills, hosted 200 Leeds University Chemical Engineering students for 5 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 and 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 “This programme will benefit us throughout our degree and in the future when we are applying for roles in Industry. We are now able to understand how chemical engineering in is put into practice, and particularly the process system’ module was extremely beneficial”

They continued, “The activities allowed us to see how our course theory can be applied in industry, in addition the heavy focus on health and safety was fantastic”.

James McIntosh, Head of CATCH Skills added: “The University of Leeds project really showcases the variety that the CATCH site has to offer. To facilitate over 200 students in a week doing a range of Process and Mechanical activities is no mean feat and the fact that the students give such excellent feedback means that the project certainly adds value to their Chemical Engineering degree programme. The University have already booked for next year’s programme and we look forward to working with them to ensure it has a similar impact on the students who visit.”

Jess Bocock, Marketing and Course Coordinator, CATCH Skills concluded: “Any education provider can use CATCH as an opportunity to portray the characterises of working on a real industrial site. Leeds University, through this approach, sends their Year 2 Chemical Engineering degree students each year, which not only prepares them for work, but also for their final year project – the programme really helps them in achieving this”.

CATCH Skills approach to industry training is unique. Their Industry led, world class facilities hosts 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



CATCH is pleased to be working with the University of Lincoln within a collaboration of FE colleges, employers and wider stakeholders, in an exciting opportunity to develop an Institute of Technology that will deliver much needed high-level technical skills.

CATCH is part of 2 separate bids for the Northern Lincolnshire region that have progressed to the final stage of the competition and more details will follow.

Please follow the link below for more information…


This report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) assesses the potential role of hydrogen in the UK’s low-carbon economy.

Hydrogen in a low-carbon economy (6.81MB)


It finds that hydrogen:

  • is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system but its role depends on early Government commitment and improved support to develop the UK’s industrial capability
  • can make an important contribution to long-term decarbonisation if combined with greater energy efficiency, cheap low-carbon power generation, electrified transport and new ‘hybrid’ heat pump systems, which have been successfully trialled in the UK
  • could replace natural gas in parts of the energy system, where electrification is not feasible or is prohibitively expensive, for example in providing heat on colder winter days, industrial heat processes and back-up power generation
  • is not a ‘silver bullet’ solution; the report explores some commonly-held misconceptions, highlighting the need for careful planning

The report’s key recommendations are:

  • Government must commit to developing a low-carbon heat strategy within the next three years
  • Significant volumes of low-carbon hydrogen should be produced in a carbon capture and storage (CCS) ‘cluster’ by 2030 to help the industry grow
  • Government must support the early demonstration of the everyday uses of hydrogen in order to establish the practicality of switching from natural gas to hydrogen
  • There is low awareness amongst the general public of reasons to move away from natural gas heating to low-carbon alternatives
  • A strategy should be developed for low-carbon heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) which encourages a move away from fossil fuels and biofuels to zero-emission solutions by 2050


Following the success of last year’s conference CATCH are again partnering with Phillips 66 to host a conference that will focus on how we embed Behavioural Safety.  Understanding Occupational Psychology and getting buy in from critical mass.

The event will be a full day at CATCH on 20 June.

Behaviour Based Safety is designed and managed by employees resulting in a truly employee driven process.  In addition, behaviour based safety is a more positive process that places greater emphasis on employee involvement in  the use of the observation data, to developing action plans for continuous improvement.  As a result, behaviour based safety creates a much higher and more consistent level of feedback supporting safer workplace practices.

CATCH are seeking member case studies to include in the afternoon from companies willing to share their own experiences of Behaviour based safety.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available – Sponsorship booking form 20 Jun 19

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Phillips 66 are currently recruiting for a number of Maintenance Technician roles at the Humber Refinery.

The Humber Refinery located in North East Lincolnshire, is one of the most complex refineries within the Phillips 66 portfolio and one of the most sophisticated in Europe, with a crude oil processing capacity of 221,000 barrels per day it refines the most economically advantaged crude oils to help shape today’s energy landscape. The only coking refinery in the UK and the world’s largest producer of speciality graphite cokes and the largest anode coke producer in Europe.

Company Overview:

Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company’s master limited partnership, is integral to the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,500 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $52 billion of assets as of March 31, 2018. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.

  • Fixed Equipment Technician
  • Rotating Equipment Technician
  • Piping Technician
  • Plating Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Rigging & Lifting Technician

Further information on these vacancies can be found by visiting our website at: Click on ‘Find Jobs’ and filter by Country. Closing date for applications is Sunday 14th April, 2019.


Over 300 guests from the process, renewable, engineering and energy industries are now registered to attend the CATCH / YCF Annual Awards Dinner on the 9th May 2019.  The event, the first that the two organisations have held together, since their merger in 2018, is shaping up to be the premier industry dinner for the Yorkshire and Humber regions.

The Awards, sponsored by E3 Recruitment, which are now closed to enter, will celebrate the areas high achievers, with presentations for the Young Person of the Year Award and Best Partnership of the year Award.  Katie Hedges, Head of membership at CATCH said, “The YCF People Awards perfectly complement the CATCH ConCom Apprentice of the Year awards, we have attracted many entries throughout the supply chain, and we are looking forward to announcing and celebrating with this year’s winners and runner ups on the 9th May”.

The attendees, including main dinner sponsors On Line Group, will listen to Fay Banks, share her incredible journey. Fay is the IET UK Young Woman of the Year 2004 and has won a number of additional prestigious awards, including the Achievement of the Year Award, by the Open University, The English Women’s Awards for services to science and the Higher Education National Gold award, as well as being named one of the top 50 Female Engineers by the Telegraph newspaper.

There are limited tickets available, to book please download our booking form here  or contact Lisa for further information –



Are you confident that you have identified the biggest threats to your business in 2019?

Do your risk mitigation processes work?

This seminar will help directors and senior managers prioritise those risks that are the biggest threats to their businesses and will assist them in implementing strategies for minimising them. More details

Wednesday 1st May – 10 Wellington Place, Leeds

8.00 Breakfast

8.30 Presentations

10.30 Networking


This is a free event, places are limited.


Head Office

Redwood Park Estate
DN41 8TH
Company no. 03837010



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