March 8, 2023

Impressive year for wind energy safety as GWO Trained Workforce passes 149,800

🔹2022 Annual Report shows 21% increase in GWO Active Workforce 🔹104 new training providers certified as network expands 🔹153 existing training providers broaden their GWO standards portfolio certification

PRESS RELEASE – 8 March 2023, Copenhagen – Global wind markets turned to industry training standards in record numbers last year, as GWO training courses became the go to safety option for employers worldwide.  

Global Wind Organisation (GWO), a non profit body representing the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers and owner/operators has today published its Annual Report 2022, showing a 21% growth in the size of the GWO Active Workforce , reaching a total of 149,809 people at year end 2022 (2021: 122,573).

GWO strives to create an injury free working environment in wind by ensuring workers receive a standardised, basic minimum level of training. The organisation’s long term strategy, aims to grow the availability of courses, supported by quality assurance and a growing portfolio of safety and technical training standards fit for use on any platform.

During 2022, 104 new training providers were certified, bringing the global network to a total of 517, spread across 51 countries. Growth in training has also come from its established network of training providers with 153 of these expanding the breadth of the GWO standards portfolio they were certified in. Meanwhile, GWO training, particularly in Asia, North America and South America has been growing faster relative to the rest of the world.

Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of Global Wind Organisation, explains: “This has been another year of successes for GWO and our thriving community. Our 2022 Annual Report tells just a small part of the global story created by the many people from our members to the individual technicians who together work towards a safer workplace while also delivering on global energy goals.”