News - Page 2 of 23


A new mixed-reality centre that aims to boost the number of people with cutting-edge digital skills in the North has been unveiled in Hull – read more here

The Digital Realities Centre will train people to use Microsoft HoloLens, a headset that allows users to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them, so they can use the technology to speed up learning on the job, cut costs and make critical tasks safer.

The centre has been opened next to the University of Hull by VISR, a Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner. The space is home to a one-thousand square-foot simulator that will be used for training and for businesses to work with consultants to improve how they work.

With support from the Yorkshire & Humber Institute for Technology, VISR is working with CATCH and other providers to help apprentices, students and people working in various sectors to use HoloLens.

Institute of Technology


What is the CATCH Engineering Training Partnership? (CETP)
CETP is an exciting new venture which provides a one-stop shop linking one of Yorkshire and the Humber’s key employer-led organisations (CATCH) with engineering-related training and education provision through DN College Group.

What are the benefits of CETP?
This innovative partnership –
– promotes engineering as a career choice to young people
– provides a gateway to employment for new entrants to the sector through a range of technical apprenticeships
– up-skills existing employees as we move towards the new world of Industry 4.0.

Find out more
Please download our brochure below or contact James McIntosh Director of CETP for further details of the partnership –

CATCH Engineering Training Partnership Brochure


Today we are delighted to sit down with Dave Evans, one of our ConCom auditors for a quick Q&A session –  read on to find out all about our ConCom Scheme.

How old is ConCom?
Concom started around 20 years ago

Why and when was ConCom set up?
It came about for two main reasons.  The various Humber bank area petroleum and chemical companies (our Concom Clients) each recognised the need for evaluating and approving safe, competent contractors to work on their sites.  They collaborated on a common, client-led competency audit that would satisfy them all, saving time and money for both themselves and their contractors.  In other words, one audit per contractor for twenty clients, not twenty audits by twenty clients on the same contractor!  Key local contractors saw this as a benefit and also it gave them a ‘level playing field’  when quoting for tenders against contractors external to the area.

What is ConCom?
Contractor Competency!  It’s about auditing any contractors before they undertake work on our clients’ sites to ensure they are safe and competent.

The principle is to have a single audit system which: –

  • Is client-led
  • Allows many clients to specify Concom membership as a prerequisite before ‘approving’ and placing a contract with a contractor
  • Is common, efficient and transparent with audits undertaken at the contractor’s offices
  • Uses professional auditors to ensure consistency and quality
  • Saves time and effort for both clients and contractors
  • Has client auditors (normally of a discipline relevant to the contractor) to assist during the office-based audits.
  • Gives the clients a report, thus negating the need for many separate audits


How many members does the scheme have?
Presently 23 Client Members and we have recently held discussions with other potential companies, both in the Humber and the Yorkshire regions.

What do client members find useful?
We have a ‘new contractor’ prequalification audit (Prequal) that a lot of our Clients use us for.  It gives a first ‘deep-dive’ into a potential new contractor for the Client and ensures they meet their minimum expectations.  The ConCom Scheme audits are at two-yearly intervals and these ensure a contractor not only continues to meet the original requirements, but also continue to develop and improve as they go along.  If a contractor does have any issues to address, then all of our Clients are made aware – especially important when you think these contractors could potentially be working on all of our Clients sites.

What do client members find a challenge and how does ConCom help?
There are sometimes common issues that Clients see and have trouble addressing on their own.  For instance, trying to get some contractors to develop and demonstrate a proactive and positive safety culture.  Through auditing many different contractors and working with our wide range of Clients, we are able to share the best practices from other companies based on what they found worked.  It is really encouraging and satisfying to see that many contractors are now working on their systems and sharing their learnings at the audits with our Clients.

How do contractors become involved?
A contractor must be nominated by one of our Clients.  We do have a validation scheme (Preval) which audits in depth a contractor’s schemes and gives guidance on any necessary improvements.  This is to the same standard as the Prequal audit.  Contractor membership costs are kept low – ConCom is part of CATCH at Stallingborough, and is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

How many contractors have been nominated to the scheme?
About 280 ‘live’ contractors presently – the total numbers fluctuate a little.  600+ have been audited over the years

How many audits take place each year?
About 140

What can a contractor expect on an audit?
When myself and the Client Auditor visit the contractor at their offices, we are looking at several specific areas:

  • Safety
  • Equipment maintenance & inspection
  • Competence
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Quality & environment
  • Management of subcontractors
  • Accident statistics

The contractor can expect open discussions regarding these subjects and any guidance that may help in developing their systems further

How long have you worked for concom and what do you think of the scheme?
I have worked for Concom for 3 years, but was involved with it for at least 10 years previously.  I was a Mechanical Engineer at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery and part of my role was to support Concom by being a Client Auditor.  I’ve always thought it was a fantastic scheme – where else do major international companies come together and agree a common, minimum standard for evaluating on-site contractors and sharing learnings?!  Imagine the trust that was needed to support the idea when it was first mooted!!  The last twenty years have shown how that original faith was and continues to be justified.

Thank you to Dave for his time!
For further information please contact Dave direct at



CATCH were delighted to welcome Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer from Heriot-Watt University to the Humber region this week to learn more about our plans for decarbonising the largest industrial cluster in the UK and to build links with the project she is leading to establish a new Industrial Decarbonisation Research & Innovation Centre.

Our first stop was Drax to meet Richard Gwilliam and Brian Greensmith for a tour and discussion about BECCS technology and incubation facilities on site.  The visit continued with a trip to PX Saltend Chemicals Park, where Patrick Pogue took advantage of the weather and provided a detailed tour of the site and their ambitions for CCU and hydrogen switching.


The next morning CATCH hosted a round table discussion with key industry representatives from British Steel, Equinor, National Grid Ventures  and VPI Immingham.

For more information please contact




Launch Event

25th March 2020

Celebrate the launch of our new Catch Engineering Training Partnership delivery centre and the opening of our third CATCH office at the Process Manufacturing Centre, Kirklees College. Presentation from James McIntosh, Director CETP, who will speak about the growth of our Yorkshire skills network plus the direction and background of our new partnership. Followed by a networking lunch.


10:30 Registration
10:45 Mark Bennington Vice Principal of Corporate Operations, Kirklees College
11:00 James McIntosh, Director CETP & Head of CATCH Skill
11:30 Questions and open discussion
12:30 Lunch & networking
13:00 Optional tour of the facilities

This event is open to all companies within the Engineering/Manufacturing industries who have an operations and/or maintenance workforce. To register your free place, please email Lisa –

Due to the expansion of our CATCH Skills training brand, CATCH is recruiting Associate Instructors with Health & Safety, Confined Spaces, Mechanical Engineering, Process Operations and Electrical backgrounds. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a highly respected and rapidly growing training provider for the Process, Engineering, Energy and Renewables sectors.

It would be advantageous if any candidate had NEBOSH qualifications to meet all requirements if interested in the Health & Safety Technical Trainer role.

We require candidates from a variety of technical backgrounds and will have positions available on a part-time and associate basis. CATCH Skills delivers a wide range of short courses mainly for adult learners looking to upskill or reskill.

The work will 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. The role will also involve work on the clients site to deliver a number of courses across the UK.

Relevant experience and qualifications, such as a formal training qualification (or working towards this), are required. Experience in a Health & Safety, Confined Spaces Mechanical Engineering, Process Operations, Electrical is essential.  Also required is an understanding of the training and development and relevant qualification systems.  The individual will also possess excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills, both verbal and written.

The role is on an associate basis and will be paid on a daily rate fee as per our associate agreement.  For more information or an informal discussion please contact Tom Eastwood on 01469 552842 or

Closing date – 31st March 2020

For a company application form please contact:


We sat down with our valued apprentice Molly and asked her a few questions in honor of National Apprenticeship week.

Over to Molly –

Why did you decide to become an apprentice?
“I decided to become an apprentice because it gave me the opportunity to learn new skills at the same time as as working in a business environment. Becoming an apprentice was a brilliant decision as I also earn a qualification, as well as being able to the do the job I have always wanted”.

What advice would you give to young people who are considering an apprenticeship?
“My advice to another apprentice would be to go for it! Work hard, but also make the most of it. I would also assure them that it isn’t 100% easy but the hard work pays off and you are guaranteed all the help you can get. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and never hesitate to share your ideas”.

Is your apprenticeship what you expected?
“No -I didn’t think my apprenticeship would be what it is now, I was scared and nervous about not being able to do the course and my assignments, or them not being on time, but I realised I had nothing at all to worry about! It is really enjoyable and I have met some amazing colleagues that I can now call friends”.

“Overall, if anyone is thinking of becoming an apprentice but they have doubts it is completely normal, mistakes will be made during your time as an apprentice but this is all a part of learning. I have learnt so much in a small period of time and appreciate all the help and support I have”.

Thank you Molly!


We are delighted to announce the first CATCH Technical Conference, Innovation, Risk Management & Compliance for your Assets. The conference takes place at our Head office, Stallingborough on the 19th March 202.

Who should attend?
This event is tailored to those those who interact with or have the responsibility to manage your operational site business risks – including people, equipment or technology related.

What will I learn?
How to manage risks through your business from Non-proven process technology and scale up through into Project Delivery and into Operational Phases and Decommissioning

You will explore
Risk management through Hazard analysis and review
Risks in process technology
Managing Risks in the Project delivery phase
Benefits of RBI at differing phases of the lifecycle
Benefits of Reliability focus applied at differing phases of the asset lifecycle
Managing Risk through Functional Safety (IEC61508/11)
Managing the Risk of Human failure and organisation change

What to expect
The event will be delivered by our team of CATCH Technical Consultants,
who have many years of industry experience. The event will start with introductions from key people within the team, Jill Mooney, Head of
CATCH Technical and Paulo Oliveira from ESC Ltd, Catch Technical Services Partner.
You will also meet our Consultants, who will each lead on a specific industry topic.
There will then be expert round tables enabling you to interact with our Consultants and personalise your day for maximum benefit to yourself and your company.

Keynote Speakers
An Upper Tier COMAH Site will share their award-winning process safety management programme and how they have implemented, managed the risks and sustained its performance.
Other Keynotes to be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please direct them

Download the event flyer & full programme here

If you have any questions, please direct them

Register your free place here:


Head Office

Redwood Park Estate
DN41 8TH
Company no. 03837010



Follow Our Activity

Follow CATCH through our various social media channels, we are constantly updating these with exciting information