Humber training provider secures £300k funding to boost facilities

Training provider Catch has secured £300,000 of funding to upgrade welding, pipefitting and electrical training facilities at its Stallingborough site near Grimsby.

The specialist firm , which works with energy, engineering and process industry clients, is under way with a plan to increase training capacity at the south Humber bank facility over the next two years – part of the broader Humber Skills Plan to increase training output by 1000% by 2029. The first phase is a £2m joint venture with investors Harbour Energy, Phillips 66 and VPI Immingham power station, and supported by the funding from Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB) £1m Regional Skills Hubs pot.

Upgrades will be made during a refit this summer while phase two of the project will established a £60m National Net Zero Training Centre by 2029, which aims to deliver for 1,000 learners a year.

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David Talbot, chief executive at Catch, said: “This £300,000 funding from the ECITB marks a significant milestone for Catch. It secures the transformation of our training facilities in Stallingborough, as we move towards our goal of increasing our learning capacity by 100% this year as part of scaling up the number of new entrants to industry to create the workforce that is required for our region to build net zero infrastructure.

“As we embark on this exciting journey, we are extremely grateful for the support of our industry partners and the ECITB, aligning with our vision to provide a pipeline of skilled workers for the Humber region’s engineering construction projects.”

Andrew Hockey, ECITB chief Executive, said: “The ECITB is delighted to support Catch as it continues to develop a pipeline of trained, skilled workers for major engineering construction projects in the Humber region. We know from the Labour Forecasting Tool (LFT), launched in December, that the labour demand gap for new workers in the engineering construction industry will get wider with an estimated shortfall of 40,000 workers by 2028.

“The Regional Skills Hub grant is targeted specifically on capacity-building projects in the UK’s industrial heartlands that will directly increase the flow of workers into the industry. The proposal clearly highlighted the project participants’ commitment, externally leveraged funding and clear outputs and delivery milestones.

“Our investment will support the training of more skilled workers to help decarbonisation projects, such as the Viking CCS projects in this area. This decarbonisation project has Track 2 status and a diverse range of cluster members.

“Catch and its stakeholders have ambitious expansion plans to increase the extra skilled workers needed to support the UK’s largest industrial cluster contribute to the country’s net zero goals.”

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