Across the world, GWO is celebrating Global Wind Day and the vital role safer working environments play in developing sustainable wind energy and in reshaping all our energy systems.
Wind technicians encounter considerable risks and hazards at work. At GWO we want this workforce to know how to avoid incidents and be prepared to respond quickly and with the right competences should incidents occur. By helping leading global wind companies engage in deep collaboration to understand the risks our workforce encounters every day, and to agree on standardised ways to train safety knowledge, skills and abilities, we make an important and a growing difference.
Currently, more than 100,000 people hold a valid GWO certificate. Each person is trained at one of a network of over 400 training providers in 44 countries who stand ready to meet the rapidly expanding demand from employers.
Our forecasts are that at least half a million technicians are needed meet agreed wind power installation targets towards 2025, not counting further agreed action from governments at the COP 26 Climate Conference later in 2021. GWO Chief Executive, Jakob Lau Holst says;
“Our ambition at GWO is to further grow the availability of recognised safety training to all wind markets, to ensure COP 26 ambitions are matched by a similar drive from society and industry to keep our technicians safe at work. With this promise, I wish you a happy and safe Global Wind Day.”
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The Safety & Training Forum 2023 was GWO’s first event in the United States.151 Training Providers, Certification Bodies, Auditors, vendors, and Industry associations gathered to discuss safety training in the industry. The Forum aimed to increase engagement with North America’s Network and bring the different stakeholders to the table in a conversation about the roles standards play in the workforce challenge.
New member Skyborn will bring its international expertise to GWO, as they work together to strive for an injury free work environment in the offshore wind industry.
The latest GWO North American Market Briefing forecasts high growth of the wind industry and the associated need for more standardised training.
The MOU, signed at the Global Offshore Wind Summit, emphasizes GWO's role in developing entry-level skills. This collaboration aims to reshape workforce development, addressing Japan's labor challenges and carbon neutrality goals. A pivotal move for the growth of Japan's wind industry, especially in offshore projects.
Workforce safety and training were the subject of GWO's Wind Workforce Masterclass in Busan, South Korea, where over 100 delegates witnessed strong support for international standards.