Workforce and employers benefit as GWO training up 26% in first half of 2019
Thursday 12th September 2019 – Workers employed by or contracting with the world’s leading wind energy companies increasingly follow a single, global training standard.
New figures from Global Wind Organisation (GWO), a non-profit body owned by leading turbine manufacturers and owners reveal a 26% increase in the amount of training courses delivered according to its standards.
GWO aligns the basic training programs of its member companies into a single unified standard. The training is then recognised by the member companies, helping to create a safer and more productive workforce.
Eloy Jauregui, Director of Safety at Acciona Energia and Chairman of Global Wind Organisation, said:
“Our mission is to create an injury-free working environment for our workforce and GWO standards ensure a good minimum level of training, reducing the risk of injury. I am delighted so many people now hold a GWO certificate. Our task remains to make GWO standards available to everyone, particularly in China and the Americas, where demand is very strong.”
The core purpose of the IQ Standard is to introduce a structured, pedagogical guideline for instructors leading GWO training
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.