The Safety & Training Forum 2023 was GWO’s first event in the United States.151 Training Providers, Certification Bodies, Auditors, vendors, and Industry associations gathered to discuss safety training in the industry. The Forum aimed to increase engagement with North America’s Network and bring the different stakeholders to the table in a conversation about the roles standards play in the workforce challenge.
The Forum was kicked off with an inspiring presentation by Wesley Witt (RWE), Chair of NAM Committee on the workforce challenge and evolution in the adoption of GWO Standards in the region.
Following this, an insightful panel discussion, expertly moderated by Julie Brown, GWO’s Head of Training, addressed the topic "How Will Standards Help to Solve the Workforce Challenge?" The panel featured distinguished industry experts:
The conversation explored the pivotal role of standardisation in meeting industry needs, spotlighting the recent collaboration between GWO and ACP on the Guidelines for Entry-Level Wind Technicians. As Julie emphasised,
“Training standards play a crucial role in ensuring that our workforce is adequately prepared for the challenges ahead. Establishing clear and comprehensive standards sets a baseline for the knowledge and competencies required across various industries and professions ”.
The day's first workshop, introduced by Dan Ortega, seamlessly guided 18 tables of diverse attendees through a discussion on:
During the plenary session, workshop participants shared their insights, collectively voting "Attracting new workers into the Wind Industry" as the industry's top priority in the coming years.
Thomas Grønlund introduced attendees to the soon-to-be-released Instructor Qualification Standard. Following, Dan Ortega, GWO's North America Representative, took the lead in facilitating a panel discussion on the significance of instructor development. The panel featured seasoned instructors from around the globe, all of whom played instrumental roles in shaping the IQ Standard globally including:
Following a successful panel discussion and lively Q & A Session. Christopher Furlan, GWO’s Training Quality Manager, introduced the next workshop “Growing with Quality” by explaining how interrelated all the factors that make training quality
During the closing Fireside Chat, John Barrie, Chair of the GWO Board of Directors, and Jakob Lau Holst, GWO's CEO, delved into a reflective discussion, offering insights into the day's proceedings and a sneak peek into GWO's upcoming strategy. The one-to-one setting allowed them to share invaluable lessons learned from the day as active participants in the workshops and as table facilitators.
Throughout the conversation, they underscored the prevailing collaborative spirit that permeated the day. Drawing from their experiences, they contemplated how the day's discussions seamlessly align with GWO's forthcoming strategic directions. John, in particular, emphasised:
"We often hear what can employers do? What can GWO do? But if you look at the room in here -certification bodies, training providers, employers, industry associations- collectively we have the skills to do workforce development better than we do today"
Wind industry training providers from across the world will be putting their best foot forward as the GWO Safety & Training Awards 2024 get under way today.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRAINING PROVIDERS. The credit fee for WINDA will be updated at 12:00 PM CET 1st April 24 (Copenhagen, CET). All purchases on or after that point will be at the revised levels. Credits purchased before may be redeemed according to GWO’s normal terms and conditions.
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.