May 7, 2018

GWO supporting developers with global training expansion

17 sites added as GWO training continues worldwide growth in Q1, 2018

17 sites added as GWO training continues worldwide growth in Q1, 2018

  • GWO actively supporting developers’ expansion into new markets
  • 248 GWO training sites in 40 countries now in operation
  • US offshore market primed for growth in next 12-18 months

PRESS RELEASE - 7 May 2018 - Global Wind Organisation Certified training providers are expanding their operations and investing in new sites around the world.

New data from the GWO WINDA Database, shows that 17 new training sites opened their doors between January 1 and March 31 2018, with sites in the Americas a particular feature during the first quarter. The GWO global independent training provider network now consists of 248 training sites in 40 countries.

The expansion is positive news for GWO member companies and those looking for a recognized training standard in basic safety training, said Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of Global Wind Organisation.

“Investors in new wind power generation need a properly trained local workforce. Basic safety training is a foundation of that.

“GWO members expect the technicians they employ and those within their contractor network to have the Basic Safety Training (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT) packages, as a skills baseline.

“When there is an established training provider available in a new market like many of those launching in Q1 2018, this is a very positive sign.”

North America growing

During Q1 2018, ENSA North America opened its fifth training centre in the United States, and North America is expected to be amongst the fastest growing global regions as its offshore market sets sail. For example, Aeolus Energy Group recently announced its intention to invest a number of new GWO Certified training centres on the United States’ Eastern Seaboard.

“Training providers see the USA, particularly its offshore market as a major growth area,” adds Jakob Lau Holst. “We have been approached by several companies seeking GWO certification for Sea Survival training that they will deliver off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and look forward to receiving their certifications.”

Meanwhile, Mexico now has six Certified GWO training providers, following the addition of Buzos Inspectores Asociados in March and in South America, Maersk Training launched its first site in Brazil during February, with a training centre opened in Rio de Janeiro.

Developers and suppliers in neighbouring Uruguay can now also find three training centres in the country’s capital Monetvideo, with the opening of Weir Yes in March.

The full list of newly certified training providers and sites can be viewed in the table above. For more details on where your nearest GWO Certified Training Provider is located, please take a look at our Interactive Training Provider Map.