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.”
Read more about the workforce forecast here
• Global specialist offshore wind business Corio Generation joins as leading member • Corio's growing global windfarm portfolio will increase demand for standardised training
Global Wind Organisation is delighted to announce that Energy Ireland, as the promoting organisation for Green Tech Skillnet, will be adopting the new GWO Entry Level Framework for their award-winning Skills Connect Wind Turbine Technician Programme.
One of the defining characteristics of northeastern Brazil’s status as a prime location for wind farms is also causing problems in recruiting local talent. Now, thanks to a new programme called ‘Keep it Local’ 25 residents of Caiçara do Rio do Vento are being trained in GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) and are on the pathway to begin new careers in wind.
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