The creation of jobs highlights the need for standardized training
The White House held a first-ever Offshore Wind Roundtable in late March 2021 to boost the offshore renewable energy market and create jobs with goals of installing 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and to finalize reviews of at least 16 construction and operations plans by 2025.
This supports the projection of 14,300 jobs for the United States in the “Powering the Future Global Offshore Wind Workforce Outlook 2020-2024” report published by Global Wind Organisation (GWO) in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
“The Offshore Wind Roundtable shines a spotlight on the need for safety and technical training of a fast-growing workforce in the years ahead,” observes Wesley Witt, Chair of the GWO North America Committee and Head of Quality Management and Health, Safety and Environment for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
“While we are seeing the number of GWO training providers grow, we anticipate this will accelerate to meet the needs of the offshore wind industry,” he adds. “With the growth in numbers of GWO training providers, this also means the number of GWO certification bodies will increase as well.”
GWO is a non-profit group of wind turbine owners and wind turbine manufacturers, committed to the creation and adoption of standardized safety training and emergency procedures to strive for an injury free work environment across the wind turbine industry.
Independent training providers deliver GWO-certified training to technicians and students worldwide. There are currently nine GWO training standards, containing a total of 24 modules. For more information on GWO standards, visit this page.
Training records are created when a GWO standard course is passed and completed by a person. These records are uploaded and stored in the GWO WINDA database, allowing workers to transfer their skills to new employers, reducing costs and eliminating retraining of basic skills.
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.