CATCH is a training facility partnered with over 300 employers from the Yorkshire and Humber region to teach people the skills required for the rapidly developing process, energy, engineering and renewables industries. CATCH pride themselves on their apprenticeship programmes, which cover the roles of Science Manufacturing Technician, Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician, Pipe Welder, Plate Welder, Mechanical Joint Integrity, Small Bore Tubing, Confined Spaces, Slinging & Lifting, IOSH and Process Plant Operations These are delivered within their state-of-the-art facility at Stallingborough, which is home to the National Centre for Process & Manufacturing. They currently have 19 on the programme, an intake of a new cohort in September in Humber and West Yorkshire will be 55 plus transfers of Y2/Y3 learners so expected total figures to be on roll by September is 91.
They work with over 400 customers for skills and apprenticeships with the some of the companies that utilise our services most being Siemens Energy, Centrica Storage, Tronox, Vivergo Fuels, British Sugar, Blackrow, Prax, Tronox, Triton Power, Lenzing Fibres, Wood Group, Mitsubishi Chemicals and more.
I am a regular visitor of the CATCH Training facility in my role as the MP, but also as a Further Education Ambassador and Chair of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network. I met with Head of Membership and Low Carbon Strategy Katie Hedges to discuss the rapidly expanding Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage strategy across the Humber, and to see how the decarbonisation mission in Grimsby and the wider South Bank area is developing. It was helpful to discuss the number of ongoing projects – Humber Zero, Zero Carbon Humber and the East Coast Cluster, all of which are part of the Government’s £171 million Industrial Decarbonisation programme – and how they will benefit Grimsby businesses, jobs and the reduction of carbon emissions across the UK.
Over the next three years the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage industry (CCUS) will start to build pipelines to collect the carbon emitted by our larger industries, creating hundreds of construction and engineering jobs. It is anticipated that within the next five years the industry will be fully operational and will include a wide range of new jobs in the industry for collection, storage, maintenance and expansion of the technologies. It is vital that we can work to make those opportunities achievable and accessible for the people who live here, so that we can take advantage of the high-skilled, high paid jobs that will emerge as the industry grows.
Later in the day, I attended a Humber Zero briefing where a presentation was given by representatives from Phillips 66 and VPI about their plans for carbon capture. It is very promising to see these projects coming to life.
To find out more:
Press release on the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-blueprint-to-create-green-jobs-and-slash-emissions-from-industry-schools-and-hospitals
Humber Zero: https://www.humberzero.co.uk/
Numbers of apprentices – currently on programme 19, intake of new cohort in September in Humber and West Yorkshire 55 plus transfers of Y2/Y3 learners so expected total figures to be on roll by September is 91.