GWO has adopted new statutes to maintain efficient governance while we grow our global membership of wind turbine manufacturers and owners.
All members will meet twice a year in a General Assembly in March or April, and a strategy session in September/October. In these sessions, the members will formally agree on work plans for coming years and will elect Chairs of the Association and the Committees.
The new structure establishes an Executive Committee to oversee the operational aspects of the association work and to ensure coordination between the committees. TheExCo will have a chair and two vice chairs at the helm. These roles last for two years, with the vice chair terms overlapping. Chairs of the Committee will be represented in the ExCo as ordinary members.
The Training Committee will continue to drive standardization work and prepare decisions on reviews of new standards going forward.
The Audit and Compliance Committee will continue to drive improved governance and quality assurance of the training provider network, as well as performing a compliance function for the association.
Regional Committees shall be created in key markets, to promote recognition of GWO standards in these regions, and to ensure that the global standards align and can co-exist with regional and national legal requirements.
The first General Assembly will take place in Bilbao on 4th April. GWO will elect its new Executive Committee and make announcements in due course.
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.
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.