CATCH (Centre for Assessment of Technical Competence Humber) is an industry led partnership supporting the process, engineering, energy and renewables sectors in the Humber region. Created in 1999 to support the development of the £6 billion Humber chemical and chemistry using sectors, CATCH now boasts members and partners drawn from across the process engineering, energy, engineering and renewable sectors, their associated supply chains, regional and national government agencies and local authorities.

CATCH’s approach to industry training is unique. Not only do we have world class facilities, but we work in partnership with multiple training providers including local further education colleges and private organisations who are recognised as leaders in their field – finding you the right solutions. CATCH operates the world renowned £12 million training facility in North East Lincolnshire that offers industry authentic training and assessment without the risks associated with processing hazardous materials. Our combination of facilities and flexible, responsive approach attracts local, national and international learners from many leading companies operating in the high hazard industries. So, if your organisation has a training or assessment need, why not talk to CATCH Skills and find out how we can help?

Become a Member of CATCH!

Becoming a member of CATCH gives you various opportunities to network with companies such as; Cristal, Philips 66, BASF, Novartis, Total LOR and many more. The membership gives you access to all the networks and events. The CATCH networks are forums where colleagues share best practice, discuss issues and collaborate on projects across the industry. Networks include Engineering Managers, Environmental Managers, Health & Safety, HR Managers, Science Industry Apprenticeship Consortium and Skills & Competency. We also host a variety of events and conferences including Major Hazards, a full programme with guest speakers allows for in-depth considerations to be voiced. This level of membership is appropriate for manufacturers and producers in the chemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, process, energy and renewable sectors. Also included in this category are local authorities and universities. The membership fee will be required annually. Having access to the networks allows you to get an inside on what is going on in the various companies within our Humber region. To find out who are already CATCH members you can find the list on our website under ‘CATCH Network’ –

Since 2016, CATCH have also been offering employers training through CATCH Skills, a technical training provider specialising in Mechanical, Process and Health & Safety training. We have a wide range of courses available for both individuals looking to learn new skills or employers looking to develop their existing team. We also work with clients to build bespoke courses to match their specific training needs and can deliver @ CATCH or on client site. CATCH Skills are also ECITB accredited which allows us to deliver MJI10, Small bore tubing, Safety Passport, LATs and Technical Tests for MJI10 and Small Bore tubing. The training provision of CATCH Skills comes from the requirements of the members and the output from the networks. This ensures that we can assist our members with all their training and competency requirements from booking a short course, to offering a managed service.

We pride ourselves on offering quality, real-life practical industry training utilising our impressive facilities including an operational three storey process plant with control room, bunded tank farm, process simulator, Skills Enhancement Centre, access zone, CompEx zone and confined space entry zone as well as engineering workshops and classrooms. Through this we can contextualise our training courses to include scenario based practical examples of the hazards of industry, without any of the risk. All of our trainers come from an industry background to ensure they have the relevant skills and experience to be delivering a high level of competency based training.

The range of training we offer varies from an Introduction to industry for University Chemical Engineering students as part of their degree course, Pre-apprenticeship programmes for employers to help induct their new apprentices into industry before they start their course, bespoke training packages delivered on clients site to meet their requirements and short courses that delegates can book on regularly here at CATCH.

The USP of the CATCH facility is the fully operational Process Plant. This allows us to offer Process Operations training at all levels including emergency scenarios and response training. CATCH Skills are now expanding their reach by delivering more out of region, national and international training with a view to replicate the CATCH model in other countries.

CATCH and ConCom members receive 10% of bookings when booking a room or a CATCH Skills training course. To find our course calendar or to book courses online you can find this on the CATCH Skills section of our website,   or call the team on 01469 552841.

CATCH is made up of training providers that we have on site. This allows CATCH to offer apprenticeships and higher education learning. The site itself has around 120 apprentices a year train in a variety of disciplines including Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance, Instrumentation, Welding & Fabrication and Process Operations. The apprentices spend a year here on site full time combining classroom based theory knowledge with practical training ensuring they leave the centre with a high level of skills to be able to contribute to industry straight away. The variety of training providers on site also allows us to offer a wider range of training courses as all providers specialise in different areas such as Electrical, Process Safety, Bulk Liquids Storage and Operations, Scaffolding and more. These training providers are; North Lindsey College, Safety and Access, Reynolds, Roxby, AIS, HETA and ESC.

Contractor Competency

The Humber Contractor Competency Forum was formed in 1999 by a group of collaborating clients and supporting contractors to establish and develop high standards of competency for companies and their employees working on the Humber Bank process industry sites. Membership of the scheme for clients is by acceptance of the principles of ConCom, the responsibilities of client members and payment of the appropriate annual membership fee. The ConCom team carry out audits around every 2 years on contractors who are working on, or clients are intending to use. The audits are made available to the client members, so the contractor is only audited once. ConCom supports contractors in improving their systems and competency by promoting and sharing best practice and providing training targeted at areas found to be weak during system or site audits. The Humber Pre-Qualification scheme (PreQual) is a joint part of ConCom where the client companies share a common Pre-Qualification Questionnaire template and nominate new suppliers/contractors to be pre-qualified. A new scheme called PreVal (short for Pre-Validation) has been introduced which gives companies interested in working for the Humber bank industries a first opportunity to be Pre-validated to our Clients PQQ standards. Several companies have successfully completed PreVal and are now working for clients along in the Humber process industries.

As part of CATCH we have sub brands, each brand represents what we do here at CATCH. Room Hire is a very popular feature here at CATCH, whether you are organising a big event or just need a room for a meeting. Many rooms can be hired out for as long as they are required for. Our brand-new CATCH Skills building, ‘The Hughes Building’, now allows delegates to have access to our restaurant whilst on site and each building is equipped with hot drink machines for break times when required. The bookings team aim to find the perfect room for your group size, date and duration. Flipcharts, projectors, speakers, free wifi and many other pieces of equipment are free to hire during your event or meeting. We had a visit from our local MP who said the facility was “very impressive”. We are continually receiving positive feedback from our customers. Pre- booked tours are free of charge and are a fantastic way of seeing how CATCH can accommodate you. You can also pre-book a tour of our process plant to see how CATCH operate and where the training is carried out.

How to contact us?

You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In just by typing in ‘CATCH’.

Visit our website to read more about what we can offer –

Alternatively you can call the team on 01469 552828 or email

Simply inform the team what you’re enquiring about and we will put you through to the correct person.