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Beacon Humber training facility Catch to launch its own industry apprenticeships

Beacon training facility Catch is to launch its own apprenticeship programme.

Having opened 15 years ago to ensure the right skills and learning environment was in place for the industrial might on the Humber, until now the Stallingborough site – with a large replica process operations facilities at its heart – has hosted third party providers.

Now it is looking to take in 60 new starters in 2022, while creating nine jobs – adding almost a third of the workforce.

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James McIntosh, chief operating officer, said: “I am delighted to be able to formally launch the Catch Apprenticeship brand. Becoming an apprenticeship provider is the next evolution of Catch and builds on the previous five years of Catch Skills delivering high quality employer-led training and the extensive experience over the past 20 years of us working with our members closely with their skills, competency and apprenticeship solutions.

“Feedback has been excellent from employers and learners so far and we look forward to working with all stakeholders as we develop our programme for a September 2022 intake.”

A suite of standards will cover process operations, electrical, instrumentation and mechanical operations engineering and plate and pipe welding.

Jobs as trainers, assessors and commercial coordination roles have been created.

Mr McIntosh, who joined from HETA – an on-site provider – said: “We have evolved as a business in the last 12 months, during Covid. This is a game-changer for the region, previously we have been an employer facilitator, and on-site we have had other academic institutions. We have now made the bold decision to become an apprenticeship provider ourselves.

“I would like to think we can play a strong role in solving the skills gap. We see all the work coming in decarbonisation and wider industry and we need to crack on now and get ahead – so we’re ready five or 10 years down the line.

“We at Catch have a real responsibility to work with industry, to provide for industry. A lot of these emerging roles will be available for local young people and those who want to re-skill or upskill.

“We want to create a through-life development pathway that brings people to site as school- children to learn about industry, to then come back as apprentices, then for higher education, and all the way through so these people become the next plant engineers or site directors. We want them to have a touchpoint with Catch throughout their careers.

“This is a big step for Catch.”

It comes after a small cohort was taken on in West Yorkshire, working with Kirklees College’s Process Manufacturing Centre.

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Syngenta, Nufarm, BASF and Lubrizol provided 10 apprentices as part of Catch’s expansion into the wider region with the YCC brand.

Training and apprenticeship manager Nikita Seabright said: “Initial delivery of training has been of a high standard with commendable organisation, planning, communication and training delivery. We have visibility of our apprentices progression throughout their training and share the same passion with the tutors and programme leaders to develop all learners to the best of their ability which will be invaluable to our organisation and industry.”

An informal breakfast meeting will provide further detail to employers on Monday, December 13 at 8.30am, with a host of open evenings in early 2022.

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