January 25, 2023

New Irish wind techs receive funding for GWO Entry Level Training Framework

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.

The aim of the GWO Wind Technician Entry Level Framework is to offer entry-level wind technicians a specialised training in the areas of Pre-Assembly, Installation or Operations & Maintenance (O & M), allowing for a global set of standards for wind turbine technicians around the world.   


Mark Ruane of Green Tech Skillnet said:

“Wind energy companies across Ireland are determined to deliver on the ambitious wind energy targets set out in Ireland’s 2023 Climate Action Plan. It is essential that Ireland must now plan to support the workers who will build, operate and maintain our wind farms.    

“Green Tech Skillnet has developed an award-winning programme, in partnership with Skillnet Ireland, to quickly upskill jobseekers with relevant backgrounds for new roles within the wind industry.


“The GWO Entry Level Framework and will support of the work we have done in that programme  and it provides a clear overview for talent to see what is required to start your career in this sector.” 


Aoife O’Sullivan, Head of Network Development, Skillnet Ireland said:

“Skillnet Ireland are working with enterprise to ensure that Ireland’s energy sector has a pipeline of people who are equipped with the skills the country needs to leverage renewable energy and develop the essential capabilities required to help meet Ireland’s Climate Action Plan targets. Having internationally recognised qualifications for the wind technician programmes is a great step forward.”

Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of Global Wind Organisation also welcomed the partnership: “We know that many people in Ireland see renewables as the future but it can be hard to find information or support that helps you take that first step towards a new career.  

“As the industry body responsible for workforce safety training, GWO is partnering with Wind Energy Ireland and Greentech Skillnet to roll out the Entry Level Framework as part of their Skills Connect programme. This qualifies participants to enter the wind industry and have a clear career path provided through the Wind Turbine Technician Training programme.

“GWO’s mission is to strive for an injury-free working environment through its global standards for safety training. GWO certified training centres provide internationally recognised qualifications that are already endorsed and accredited by employers across the wind industry.” 

The Framework will make the transition easier for those who want to enter the wind industry and also clarify the entry level standard. These qualifications are recognised internationally and give a clear pathway into the industry at 3 different cycles of a wind farm. Pre-assembly, Installation and O&M.