2020 Half Year Report reveals challenging six months for training providers
GWO training providers returned to action quickly after COVID-19 lockdown eased, but courses in the first six months of 2020 reduced by -15% versus the same period in 2019.
GWO today publishes its 2020 Half Year Report, Training in the Pandemic, revealing how activity across the global network fell by up to -86% during March, April and May.
The normally busy period between weeks 13-17 from March into April saw sharp falls from an average of around 5-6000 GWO courses per week, to fewer than 1000.
However, as countries began to emerge at the end of May, activity rapidly increased, with June 2020 averaging +45% more courses than the same month in 2019.
Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of Global Wind Organisation, said: “It was encouraging to see how quickly GWO training providers were able to adapt COVID safety measures, and resume training following lockdown. In most cases they have continued this increased activity into Q3. Even so, more than 6,000 technicians saw their GWO certificates lapse when they were unable to train and our members prioritized the risk of skills fade amongst technicians affected in this way, by developing standards and requirements for virtual classroom training and blended learning solutions with digital elements. There are now over 40 training providers certified to provide digital or virtual courses. At the beginning of 2020, there was just one, and this is an immediate effect of the lockdown. Here and now, it means there are more options available should we see a second or third wave of corona. In the longer run, this may cause systemic change to the way our business trains for safety.”
Paul Robbins, Chief Health and Safety Specialist at Vestas, and Chair of GWO added: “The first half of 2020 was the most challenging period many of us has ever experienced and unfortunately it appears for a number of countries, the spread of the virus has increased again. However, our commitment to safety is the priority. Technicians will be required to install and maintain our growing wind power infrastructure in spite of many risks posed by COVID-19 and I believe the GWO network is well prepared to support our workforce and ride out the worst effects of any repeat situation this winter.”
Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, the GWO Audit & Compliance committee has issued advisory notes communicating agreed advice, guidance and exemptions from our regular governance (requirements and standards).
Global Wind Organisation (GWO) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have signed a two-year partnership agreement to highlight the importance of safety, training and job creation to power wind energy development and the global energy transition. The wind energy industry is a major opportunity for countries to create high-skilled, local jobs to boost economic growth and reach their Paris Agreement goals.
The taxonomy establishes a transparent and coherent framework to describe safety training characteristics, allowing for a better understanding of “what good training looks like”.
The modules are reviewed in response to feedback from GWO members and 2020 workplace data from G+ which places manual handling incidents in the top three most reported injury processes.
The new standard focuses on risk management when working with or close to hazardous energies in the wind industry.