The wind industry is constantly evolving and the same applies for the training required to stay safe. A GWO working group is therefore testing an update to the BST Sea Survival module and has recently completed a pilot.
The pilot aimed to verify if training can be completed in one day, rather than the current one and a half. Feedback from experienced Training Providers and Delegates showed that certain theoretical learning outcomes could be merged into the practical exercises, which could shorten the duration and support the learning retention of the Delegates.
Having gone through the full Sea Survival course in one day, the initial assessment is that it can be done within a one-day timeframe. Further evaluation of the update and pilot will result in a second pilot that is currently intended to be conducted in March. If the outcome of this is positive, the findings will be brought forward to the GWO Steering Committee for review.
Over 100 community colleges teach wind turbine technician programs in North America. One GWO training provider, Safety Technology (STL) USA is moving quickly to offer a new pathway into work for college students.
EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) is the latest addition to the growing list of GWO training providers in the US market.
The next generation of wind turbine technicians were placed front and centre at GWO’s Safety & Training Forum, as training providers and employers debated the best approach to onboard thousands of new people.
Standard increases safety around supervised, infrequent WTG visitors.
Specialized safety training highlighted as a significant gap for offshore wind construction and O&M; More GWO Sea Survival training will be needed to safely deliver on the 30GW 2030 target; Companies will need to guide new technicians and rapidly deploy full-scope training for them to keep up with the hastening pace of construction activity.
Among the provisions for version 11 are: a definition of non-conformity, further provision related to GWO’s Auditor Qualification Training, clarification on the qualification process for GWO auditors, criteria for defining multi-site training providers as well as specific requirements for their certification such as the production of an internal audit plan.