FEATURE PRESENTATIONS & PANEL SESSION – Hosted by CATCH

Resilient Process Industry Skills for the Future

Time & Location

Wednesday: 15.00 to 16.00, Stage 3

Session Host:

Session Host: David TalbotCEO, CATCH

About this Session

The well documented skills gap in process manufacturing continues, but how are organisations responding to this and what strategies do they have in place to access the required skills and future proof their business?

CATCH is delighted to bring together an engaging skills panel of industry leaders to encourage lively debate and best practice sharing and who will provide an insight into resilient process industry skills for the future.  Our experienced industry panel will also explore topics such as, green skills and job opportunities for the energy transition, strengthening diversity and inclusivity, and solutions and opportunities for through life development from apprenticeships to reskilling and training.

CATCH works with over 300 employers across the Yorkshire & Humber region, in sectors such as Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Cosmetics, Food & Drink, Energy and Pharmaceuticals, and its associated supply chain.

Visit us on stand K43.

Feature presentation themes:

  • Moving to a more diverse organisation – Tracy Hughes, Operations Manager, Prax
  • Fabricom’s plans to tackle the short, medium and long term skills shortage and how this can support clients and other contractors – Joe Hodgson, Head of business development, Engie Fabricom
  • Cognitive diversity in teams – Cognitive diversity is the inclusion of people who have different styles of problem-solving and can offer unique perspectives because they think differently – Jenny Sutcliffe, Principal Consultant, Regulatory Affairs, P66
  • Green Skills and job opportunities in the Energy Transition – A perspective from Zero Carbon Humber – Ian Livingston, Project Manager – Humber Cluster, Equinor

PLUS, additionally joining the round-up panel discussion:

  • Ian Nunn, Apprenticeship Programme Manager – Syngenta
  • Joe Castle, 2nd year apprentice – Syngenta
  • James McIntosh, COO & Director of Skills – CATCH

 

Host Bio:

David spent 21 years as an RAF officer specialising in logistics and training. He left the forces as a Squadron Leader in 2007 after an exciting career that included numerous operational deployments. On leaving the military David initially worked for Serco, providing the support services for RAF Cranwell and then running a multi-activity contract at RAF Scampton, the home of the Red Arrows.

David took on a new role with TQ Education and Training Ltd (a Pearson company) in 2010, where he specialised in outsourced work based learning business development and operational delivery. In addition to being responsible for growing the business, David had a wide portfolio of activity ranging from delivering over 700 engineering apprenticeships a year to providing residential outdoor activity courses for community projects, corporate organisations and schools. He eventually moved on to work for BAE Systems as the Head of the Aircraft Maintenance Academy at Humberside airport, training the next generation of aircraft technicians working on fast jet aircraft for BAE’s military contracts within the UK and overseas.

The opportunity arose in late 2015 to lead the next phase in the development of CATCH and David took over as Chief Executive on 4 January 2016. CATCH is an industry led partnership that supports the process, energy, engineering and renewables industries. David is enjoying the challenge of engaging with stakeholders within the region, nationally and internationally, and supporting the CATCH members and wider network in supporting the UK’s Industrial Strategy and skills needs.

Guest Panellists:

Tracy Hughes

Tracy Hughes

Operations Manager, Prax

Presentation: Moving to a more diverse organisation

Speaker Bio: Experienced Operations Leader and creator of high performing teams; among current challenges is managing the impact of staff turnover resulting from retirements in a non-diverse demographic in an industry where skills are developed by experiential learning

Joe Hodgson

Joe Hodgson

Head of business development, Engie Fabricom

Presentation: Fabricom’s plans to tackle the short, medium and long term skills shortage and how this can support clients and other contractors

Speaker Bio: I’m head of business development and have worked in the engineering and construction industry for the past 15 years. I have a passion for development of others having followed the apprenticeship route myself and want to support the next generation

Jenny Sutcliffe

Jenny Sutcliffe

Principal Consultant, Regulatory Affairs, P66

Presentation: Cognitive diversity in teams – Cognitive diversity is the inclusion of people who have different styles of problem-solving and can offer unique perspectives because they think differently

Ian Livingston

Ian Livingston

Project Manager – Humber Cluster, Equinor

Presentation: Green Skills and job opportunities in the Energy Transition- A perspective from Zero Carbon Humber
Speaker Bio: Project Manager for Equinor Low Carbon Solutions. Ian co-ordinates Equinor’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge activities for Zero Carbon Humber and Humber Industrial Cluster Plan. He is a Chartered Engineer with a broad energy industry background in operations & technical leadership and project development across petrochemicals, oil & gas and gas storage.

Ian Nunn

Ian Nunn

Apprenticeship Programme Manager – Syngenta

“I am the  Apprenticeship Manager at Syngenta’s Huddersfield Manufacturing Centre. Starting in 1977 as an engineering apprentice, I have spent my whole career on site working in Engineering, Manufacturing, Process Technology and Learning & Development. I was instrumental in developing our current Apprenticeship Programme in 2012 as part of our strategy for building a workforce for the future. This year will see us recruit out 80th apprentice across a range of standards including, engineering, manufacturing, science, IT, design, HSE and business administration.

I have served on the Yorkshire and Humber Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. I am passionate about apprenticeships, the fantastic opportunities that they offer young people and the benefit to organisations.”

Joe Castle

Joe Castle

2nd year apprentice – Syngenta

“I am a 20 year old Science Manufacturing Apprentice at Syngenta in Huddersfield. I am currently working towards a City & guilds Level 3 Diploma in Process Technology and developing my skills on one of our complex process manufacturing plants.

I have always had an interest in Science, especially chemistry and wanted to have a hands on experience whilst earning as soon as I left college. Syngenta offered the perfect opportunity to meet my needs and I have never looked back since joining the company in 2020”

James McIntosh

James McIntosh

COO & Director of Skills – CATCH

James joined the CATCH team in May 2017 after spending 7 years at Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) as part of the Senior Leadership Team through the role of Business Development & Marketing Manager helping to grow the business across the Humber region and beyond.

As Director of Skills at CATCH, James is responsible for leading the industrial skills agenda and ensuring CATCH delivers high quality training and apprenticeship programmes.  CATCH is an employer lead membership and competency organisation based across the Yorkshire and Humber region. James has a strong background in apprenticeships & competency based training for industry in addition to working with employers across a variety of industries.