Analysis shows up to an 80% commonality between GWO members' existing blade repair training programmes in terms of basic safety and skills.
The wind energy industry's first global training standard for blade repair technicians has moved a step closer, with a draft created and pilot testing scheduled early next year.
The GWO Blade Repair Standard Working Group has worked to align various manufacturer training programmes and deliver a recognised benchmark of skills for technicians. The standard was requested by GWO members representing a majority of the world's largest turbine manufacturers alongside globally leading site owner/operators.
Jakob Kristensen, SGRE Global Competency Manager, Organizational change, Product Management, Strategic Analysis, Execution has led the work group. He explains:
"There is a genuine demand for this type of training standard, given both the maturity of turbines and the rapid increase in their scale. Our analysis from the working group shows up to an 80% commonality between GWO members' existing blade repair training programmes in terms of basic safety and skills so it will support our goal of standardising generic training and allowing employers to recognise the certifications of technicians trained according to a GWO standard.
The training vwill be pilot tested during the period beginning 21 January - 15 February 2019, at three sites; one in the United States of America, a second in the United Kingdom and finally in Germany.
"We are very pleased to have some expert partners ready to test the standard," adds Jakob. "The principal factors put to the test will be timings; Can learning objectives and enabling objectives be achieved within the timings of the draft standard. By testing with three independent facilities in three different countries we will have an excellent reference to refine the standard béfore launching on April 1 2019."
All GWO training can be merited against similar training. First, the training must be merit assessed, using a gap analysis. This identifies how similar the training is and if there are any gaps where the existing training needs to be 'topped up'.
On the other hand, training courses may include modules that match or even exceed those trained by the GWO Blade Repair Standard. Provided the merit assessment has been completed, a GWO certificate can be awarded and uploaded into WINDA.
The GWO 2019 work plan includes several new and enhanced training standards. All are the result of close collaboration between 16 globally leading wind energy companies who are the industry's largest employers.
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