Why and how the BSTR-P can help you during the COVID-19 pandemic
In April, GWO released a new standard specifically to address the looming problem of skills fade that the COVID-19 had caused for wind power workers.
Given that many countries have been locked down since the middle of March, and social distancing regulations were implemented in many regions, thousands of wind technicians were unable to travel to the training centres where they normally participate in GWO courses and refresh their vital safety skills.
Our members quickly identified the potential risk of skills fade in the workforce, as up to 1000 people per week were approaching the date they would need to refresh but with no means of doing so.
GWO launched the new Basic Safety Training Online Partial Refresher as an INTERIM solution. Here we round up five of the key benefits of the new standard for technicians and their employers:
BSTR-P can be implemented by certified training providers (with a valid extension to their existing third-party certification) in its current form until 31 December 2020. It will be reviewed by GWO Committees and working groups from 1 October 2020.
Wind energy employers are supporting the onboarding of thousands of new technicians, with a trio of simplified routes and recommended training for entry level profiles.
Training providers certified to deliver the GWO First Aid module of Basic Safety Training are today informed that version (V14) will remain valid for use until April 1 2023. It will co-exist with version 15 that was released for use on 1st April 2022.
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Exploring the training needs of entry level wind technicians
The milestone represents a significant step in the endorsement of GWO safety standards across wind industry markets globally