But only 46% of wind technicians hired in Canada are graduates from wind tech training programs
Electricity generation from renewable sources is expected to continue increasing as Canada transitions to a lower-carbon economy, according to a report titled “Canada’s Renewable Power” released in March 2021 by the Canada Energy Regulator, which oversees the energy infrastructure.
Furthermore, Canada is ranked ninth in the world for installed wind energy, according to the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA). The association recently conducted a wind tech survey of its membership to understand hiring trends, and it found that 54 percent of wind technicians hired are graduates from non-wind tech programs, while 38percent of experience profiles are from outside the industry. What’s more, of the total wind technician workforce, less than 3 percent are women.
If there were more recruits with common or standardized wind industry training, companies would find efficiency and effectiveness increase for recruiting, along with gains in productivity and a decrease in costs.
“At ENERCON, we have learned that investing in promoting the wind industry and opportunities to high school and college students, as well as conducting training for our employees and our wind industry partners at our training center has proven most efficient,” says Isabelle Le Beau, Executive Director at ENERCON and member of the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) North America Committee.
Isabelle points out that several opportunities exist for salary and / or training subsidies through a range of institutions and governmental agencies such as:
When hiring experienced wind technicians, GWO certification is the avenue to improve safety and productivity because training is standardized, documented and easily verified. In fact, GWO training volumes grew 13% from 2019 to 2020 in Canada, giving more recognition to the effectiveness of standards which align requirements of employers, including basic safety and basic technical training.
Renewable energy is a bigger part of the future and efficient hiring and training will benefit companies and the Canadian workforce alike.
New member Ocean Winds will bring its international expertise to GWO, as they work together to strive for an injury free work environment in the offshore wind industry. Ocean Winds’ 15 offshore wind projects in 7 countries and across three continents are expected to push up demand for standardised training.
🔹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
• Global specialist offshore wind business Corio Generation joins as leading member • Corio's growing global windfarm portfolio will increase demand for standardised training
Global Wind Organisation is delighted to announce that Energy Ireland, as the promoting organisation for Green Tech Skillnet, will be adopting the new GWO Entry Level Framework for their award-winning Skills Connect Wind Turbine Technician Programme.
One of the defining characteristics of northeastern Brazil’s status as a prime location for wind farms is also causing problems in recruiting local talent. Now, thanks to a new programme called ‘Keep it Local’ 25 residents of Caiçara do Rio do Vento are being trained in GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) and are on the pathway to begin new careers in wind.
On November 1st Global Wind Organisation (GWO) releases the Wind Limited Access Standard. This new standard was developed to provide a minimum viable safety training for infrequent visitors to onshore and offshore wind turbine generators (WTG) environments when supervised by at least two GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) qualified persons.