Learning objectives in GWO standards are focused in the domains of "knowledge" and "skill". How often you refresh your training to maintain that knowledge and skill depends on a huge variety of factors.
Global Wind Organisation has published a new report providing details behind its continued recommendation of a two year refresher period for safety training standards.
Jakob Bjørn Nielsen, Head of Standards Development at Global Wind Organisation, authored the report.
"As a non-profit body representing the world's largest wind energy employers, GWO's continuing focus is to ensure the work environment stays as injury free as possible for all wind power technicians.
"A main consideration in this regard is the skills fade wind power technicians are subjected to in the normal course of their work.
"GWO, its member companies individually and training providers are actively scoping, developing and deploying initiatives to mitigate potential skill fade, especially as the Covid19 crisis forced many training centres to close during March-May 2020."
In this report, we share the GWO view on refresher training to ensure that the individual technician retains their skills by being retrained in a timely manner.
GWO is today (6 December 2022), updating its advice with reference to an item in the equipment lists contained in some standard annexes. This specifically relates to GWO standards with the following codes: ART, ART-R, BST, BSTR, BSTR-P, Lift and WLA
Over 100 community colleges teach wind turbine technician programs in North America. One GWO training provider, Safety Technology (STL) USA is moving quickly to offer a new pathway into work for college students.
EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) is the latest addition to the growing list of GWO training providers in the US market.
The next generation of wind turbine technicians were placed front and centre at GWO’s Safety & Training Forum, as training providers and employers debated the best approach to onboard thousands of new people.
Standard increases safety around supervised, infrequent WTG visitors.
Specialized safety training highlighted as a significant gap for offshore wind construction and O&M; More GWO Sea Survival training will be needed to safely deliver on the 30GW 2030 target; Companies will need to guide new technicians and rapidly deploy full-scope training for them to keep up with the hastening pace of construction activity.