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The CATCH annual awards dinner, celebrated the process industries successes in a glittering awards ceremony at the Mercure Hotel, Hull.

Focusing on Skills and Young People, the dinner saw nine awards presented by Andrew Pilling, Director of E3 Recruitment, following a surge of entries in the previous months.

Connor Watson, Mechanical Apprentice at Philips 66, took home the coveted ConCom Apprentice of the year award, Connor attitude and enthusiasm along with a will to succeed ensures that he will be a very successful engineer in the years to come.  It was a close competition – runners up, Kieran Sembiante from Jacobs Field Services and Michael Avis from TOTAL Lindsay Oil Refinery came close second.

The People awards, also focused on the next generation. Natasha Greenbury, project planner and cost engineer, secured the Young Achiever Award. Natasha competed her Advanced apprenticeship in project controls and successfully developed her career along the path of project management.  Contenders Eweline Choma, Customer services coordinator and Paulina Kozielska, regulatory manager, both from Orean Personal Care, were strong runners up.

The Skills Project of the year award went to the Nufarm NuGeneration Team. A new initiative that was set up to actively engage the local community.  A cross-functional working group led by young members of the company work with Worthington Primary School to build positive associations with industry.

The Humber Waste Alliance, celebrated obtaining the Best Partnership Award.  The Alliance actively involves several organisations across the North Humber Bank, to reduce waste to prevent marine litter polluting the Humber.

The Final award – Outstanding Leader – recognised Marc Doyle, Principal & CEO, Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.  Marc led the UTC in implementing incredible improvements in engineering provision for the local community and created an incredible culture of unconditional positive regard.

The evening progressed with a final passionate speech by Brendan Conlan, Chair of CATCH, who will be stepping down from his chairmanship in 2019.  Brendan engaged the audience by inviting representatives of industry onto the stage, from teachers and apprentices to the UTC and employers, creating a visual pathway of how industry needs to step up and encourage, show and work with local primary and secondary schools to showcase industry in the Yorkshire and Humber.

David Talbot, CEO of CATCH said “We would like to thank all our Sponsors, award finalists, guests and colleagues for helping to make the event the premier industry dinner for the process industries in the Yorkshire & Humber Region”

On Line Group were the main sponsor of the evening, along with E3 Recruitment who sponsored the awards ceremony.

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INVITATION – Smart City Challenge – Terraced Housing – HULL – 4 June – F1

Terraced houses represent a significant share of the heat market in the UK. Currently available technologies and practices for distributing and connecting heat networks to individual houses are too costly to make district heating a viable alternative to existing gas-based solutions. Not being able to connect terraced houses to heat networks is a huge handicap, significantly hampering the expansion of district heating. We believe there are ways to overcome the cost challenges, thereby making it possible to connect terraced housing to heat networks on a big scale. Combined with heat pumps and smart technologies for managing the heat distribution we also believe it is likely to become commercially viable to connect terraced houses to other innovative infrastructure projects such as mine heat schemes or other sources of low temperature heat.

Considering the huge market potential, there is a strong interest for the supply chain to play an active role in the development of these solutions. For this reason, we are inviting professionals and companies in the district heating industry to a series of seminars and workshops which will be organised in different locations across the UK in the coming year. The first of these seminars will be held in Hull on 4th June.

For more information – please contact Mark Woodward ( or Peter Anderberg (


A report examining the UK Chemical Supply Chain for Battery Manufacture has found that the UK chemical sector could capture a £4.8bn per annum market share by 2030 meeting the needs of UK-built vehicles alone.

Following a deep assessment of the current capability to support the development and growth of the UK’s battery manufacturing industry, the forecasts are based upon the strong foundation of UK-based companies who are already embedded within many global battery supply chains. Currently three fifths of a vehicle battery pack’s value is the chemicals and materials. With the UK boasting some of the largest suppliers of materials to produce cathodes, anodes and electrolytes, the UK is well-placed to capitalise on this.

Through strategic Government support and collaboration between our Automotive and Chemical sector there is a real opportunity to expand our existing capabilities and grow capacity to support volume production of batteries built in the UK for domestic use as well as significant growth in exports, especially as EU battery production grows.

For battery cell manufacturing to be economically viable there is a need for local suppliers of many materials. However, the expectation is that battery chemistry will evolve over the next decade, so it is fundamental that the companies involved within this supply chain are primed for innovation as well as manufacturing investment. An increase in capability and capacity offers further export potential.

Government has already invested £246m through the Faraday Battery Challenge which has delivered valuable assets like the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and provided invaluable opportunities for the chemical, battery and automotive sector to work together and learn from one another. In order to realise this £4.8bn supply chain opportunity, the Government will continue to have a critical role to play in supporting the strategic investments in the UK battery and battery materials sectors, while also continuing to provide targeted funding for CR&D that allows the UK chemical sector to co-develop battery technologies with its customers.

Ian Constance, CEO, Advanced Propulsion Centre, said: “with transport shifting towards electrification batteries are set to play a major part in our future propulsion mix. Today’s report highlights the opportunities available to our Automotive and Chemical sectors to come together and collaborate to make the UK the go-to-place in Europe for battery cell manufacturing. We need to ensure that we have a rich and diverse supply chain here in the UK to anchor and attract Automotive OEMs supporting them to grow and flourish from the production of next generation low carbon vehicles.”

Sue Dunkerton OBE, Interim CEO, KTN, said: “the role of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is to connect people to accelerate innovation, driving UK growth. We are excited to have been part of this important project – together with our partners at Innovate UK, APC WMG and E4tech – to use our knowledge and connections of the UK chemical sector to shine a light on UK capability in this area and help develop this critical supply chain opportunity.”

Dave Greenwood, Professor Advanced Propulsion Systems, WMG, University of Warwick, said: “automotive batteries will halve in cost, double in energy density and see tenfold increases in manufacturing volumes before the end of the next decade. To do this we need advanced materials supplied in bulk and at very high quality. High value opportunities exist in cathode powders, anode powders, electrolytes, collector foils and separators, and the supply chain to provide them is in its infancy.”

Adam Chase, Director, E4tech, added: “it has been very positive to see two industries working towards a shared opportunity. There is a clear industrial logic for expanding UK battery production and the UK Chemicals sector is ready and willing to scale up to meet the challenge. A lot now hangs on receiving clear demand signals in the form of a major battery plant investment in the UK.”

The report has been produced by E4tech, commissioned by the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Innovate UK (supported by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and WMG at the University of Warwick). They conducted a deep assessment of the current capability to support the growth of a UK Battery Manufacturing Industry.

Based on the ambitions to stimulate the supply chain so the UK can attract a ‘Giga-factory’, this report engaged with members of the supply chain who would support volume production capacity, finding them keen to seize the opportunity.


Join us for the Humber Environmental Managers conference during Humber Business Week and on World Environment Day – Wednesday 5 June 2019 at The Rope Walk, Barton, DN18 5JT 

There was much activity on Climate Change in the run up to the December 2018 ministerial meeting on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  In this conference we will consider the recent work of UK’s Climate Change Committee and the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), latest UK Climate Change Projections (UKCP18) and National Adaptation Plan.  Now we have Greta Thunberg and Youthstrike4Climate, Extinction Rebellion, Mark Carney’s strictures to the finance industry, David Attenborough’s programme ‘Climate Change – the Facts’, David Wallace-Wells’ apocalyptic ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ and the Committee on Climate Change report on the UK achieving net zero carbon emissions.

The conference will consider the implications for the sustainable management of the Humber region, and hear about practical initiatives that are in progress.  The event is free to attend and is being held as part of Humber Business Week

Registration from 9.00am

Environmental Managers Conference 5 Jun 19

To book your place please contact or call 01469 552821




Due to the expansion of CATCH Skills we are seeking to appoint a part-time Course Administrator working 22.5 hours a week to support the team in a busy, customer focused office. The role will include responsibility for providing day to day administrative support; printing of course paperwork; creating and sending certificates; logging feedback onto the system; coordinating and refreshing the training matrix and supporting other team members within the CATCH business.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and organisational skills together with experience/qualifications gained from working in a busy, customer facing role delivering high quality customer service. The job will be based at the CATCH facility in Stallingborough and the salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications.  For more information or an informal discussion, please contact Jess Bocock on 01469 552827 or email

Closing date – 17 May 2019

For a company application form please contact:


Due to the rapid expansion of our CATCH Skills training brand, we are recruiting a Training Delivery Manager to oversee the day to day running of the training operation. The role is a critical element to deliver the CATCH Skills growth plan over the coming years.

A suitable candidate will have experience and knowledge of the training and competence landscape within industry and be able to work with employers to provide innovative and effective training solutions. Experience of managing people and programmes/projects is desirable. This role will have the requirement to ensure that all systems, courses, assessments and materials are fit for purpose, relevant and up to date and delivered to a high standard.

The role will also include developing and delivering technical training programmes and accredited courses. It will also involve liaising with Senior Management across a large client base, qualification awarding bodies, external providers and associates. The job is based at the CATCH facility in Stallingborough and the post holder will ensure existing and new training provision is designed and delivered to the highest quality, exceeding customer expectations.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered. For more information or an informal discussion please contact James McIntosh on 01469 552831 or email

Closing date – 14 June 2019

For a company application form please contact:


The EI Humber Branch and CATCH are delighted to invite you to our Charity Golf Day

Date: Friday 31st May 2019
Times: Tee times from 12.00pm
Venue: Grimsby Golf Club, Littlecoates Rd, Grimsby DN34 4LU

Tee Times start from 12.00 and are followed by a meal and presentation. We will be playing 18 holes over this excellent Harry Colt designed Par 70 course. The format will be a better ball pair’s stableford competition off ¾ handicap and is open to both women and men.

The cost per person is £35.00 / £70.00 per couple (discounted for Grimsby GC members) and this includes 18 holes of golf, fish & chips meal afterwards and prizes (competition, nearest the pin, longest drive etc.) Please ask if you are interested in any company sponsorship opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

To register, please contact:
Simon Mackenzie on 07753 837782 or email
David Talbot on 07581 008385 or email


CATCH Skills are delighted to announce they will now be delivering open training courses in the West Yorkshire region. The move comes as part of the Reach Higher project is managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and funded by the European Social Fund. CATCH Skills already deliver a number of their courses on clients site as bespoke training packages but this move will allow companies who don’t have large numbers of delegates to be trained, or those who cant release a large amount to attend one session, to book them on to separate dates for courses spread over the next few months. Starting in May, ECITB Mechanical Joint Integrity, Safe Systems of Work and Loss of Containment training will be offered using Kirklees College as the venue.

Head of CATCH Skills James McIntosh said “ This move is the next step in the CATCH Skills growth plan and illustrates the demand from our members and the wider chemical sector in the Leeds City Region to develop a strong chemical and engineering based skills offer. We are excited to work with employers to assist with the skills and competency requirements. The decision to move into the Leeds City Region has come through the CATCH Yorkshire Skills & Competency Network identifying specific courses they would like to see offered in the area that we are already offering in the Humber region and on client site. Hopefully this will just be the start for CATCH Skills in the Leeds City Region as we start to engage with more employers to widen the offer to suit the needs of their businesses.”


**Your business will need to be based in the Leeds City Region to be eligible for discount.**

Please see the course dates scheduled below to take place at Kirklees College:


Mechanical Joint Integrity

  • 24th May
  • 3rd June

Safe Systems of Work

  • 24th May
  • 19th June

Loss of Containment

  • 20th May
  • 30th May
  • 3rd June

CATCH Skills are also running courses at the CATCH facility on the below dates:

Introduction to Plant Process Operations   

  • 28th – 31st May
  • 3rd -7th June

ECITB Small Bore Tubing

  • 16th-17th May
  • 20th-21st June

If you require any additional information or would like to book a place, please contact or 01469 552828




The Government needs to move away from vague and ambiguous targets and give a clear policy direction to ensure the UK seizes the industrial and decarbonisation benefits of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS), says the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee in a report published today. The report says CCUS is necessary to meet national and international climate change targets at least cost and argues the technology could play a significant role in supporting productivity growth outside London and the South East.

The UK is considered to have one of the most favourable environments globally for CCUS, but the technology has suffered from 15 years of turbulent policy support, including the cancellation of two major competitions at a late stage. No commercial-scale plant has yet been constructed in the UK.

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) is a set of technologies which can together capture carbon dioxide from waste gases, and either ‘lock up’ this carbon dioxide in long-term storage or use it in industrial processes.

The report notes that in the UK, failure to deploy CCUS could double the cost of meeting our targets under the Climate Change Act 2008, rising from approximately 1% to 2% of GDP per annum in 2050.

Failure to deploy CCUS would also mean the UK could not credibly adopt a ‘net zero emissions’ target in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C aspiration. This latter target is a more ambitious policy on which the Committee on Climate Change will set out next week (on 2nd May) whether the Government should commit to a net-zero target and the date to achieve it.

The report recognises the Energy Minister’s personal commitment and support for CCUS but finds there is a lack of clarity concerning the Government’s ambitions for CCUS, both in terms of time-scale for deployment of CCUS and the level of costs reductions the Government is demanding from the technology before it gives it support.

Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar and Member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: “The UK has an opportunity to lead the world in the development of a new CCUS industry. In addition to helping to tackle UK carbon emissions, CCUS can play a crucial role in delivering much needed investment in skills and infrastructure and supporting regional growth and jobs.

“The current Energy Minister has been a champion for CCUS, and there have been some encouraging recent developments, but the CCUS industry has been the victim of years of turbulent policy support and suffered a series of false dawns. The Government now needs to give the ‘green-light’ to CCUS and ensure that we seize the domestic growth and jobs opportunities of this modern, green industry.

“CCUS is crucial to meeting the UK’s climate change targets and will be vital to achieving a ‘net zero’ target. But Government support is needed to make CCUS a reality. The Treasury needs to shake off the blinkers in its attitude to CCUS, take a more nuanced approach to the costs but also recognise the benefits. CCUS is the best and most cost-effective way to reduce our carbon emissions. Without CCUS many of our heavy industries could face closure. CCUS has a critical role to play in decarbonising our economy and modernising UK industry – the Government should now throw its full support behind CCUS and put the right policy levers in place to ensure that this technology can deliver on its potential.”

Rather than seeking unspecified cost reductions, the report says the Government should kick-start CCUS by aiming to bring forwards projects at least cost. The report also says the ambition to “deploy CCUS at scale during the 2030s” is so broad as to be meaningless, recommending the Government provide clarity by adopting specific targets in line with the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation [see paragraph 16 of the report].

The Government has set a target to commission the first CCUS facility by the mid-2020s. Five clusters – Teesside, Humberside, Merseyside, South Wales, North East Scotland – have been identified as well suited to early CCUS deployment. The report recommends this ambition is raised to target the development of first CCUS projects in at least three clusters by 2025.

The report also recommends that the Government consider an alternative to running a third competition for funding and urgently consult on approaches to allocate funding for CCUS industry clusters, to ensure that the approach selected promotes collaboration and benefits CCUS development across the UK.

The report recommends that the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review take account not only of CCUS’ costs, but also its wider benefits – notably to extend the lifetime of heavy industries which will otherwise need to close under the requirements of the Climate Change Act. The Committee also recommends the Government task the National Instructure Commission – or a third party – to conduct a cost benefit analysis of the potential role of CCUS to decarbonise industrial emissions and that the results of this assessment should be taken into account during decision-making on spending for national infrastructure.

The report recognises CCUS as a particularly useful technology in tackling carbon emissions, with its potential application to many different areas of the economy. For example, carbon capture technology can decarbonise waste gases from power stations and industrial facilities; help to produce clean hydrogen fuel from natural gas; and remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere via bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) or direct air CCS (DACCS).

As part of this inquiry, the BEIS Committee held an evidence hearing in Teesside where it questioned representatives from the five key areas for CCUS industry clusters (Teesside, Humberside, Merseyside, South Wales, North East Scotland).


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