Global Wind Organisation welcomed training providers from across the globe for this year’s Safety & Training Awards in Copenhagen.
Shou Yen Chen (of MTIC) and Animesh Koya & Kim Maltby (of RWE) receiving their Highly Commended awards
With finalists coming from GWO certified training providers on every continent, the awards were designed to highlight the excellence found throughout the GWO training community. Training providers entering the Training Team of the Year category shows best practices in GWO training globally. As the second year the panel of 11 industry experts who judged, the competition noted entry quality was superior to last time.
While there could only be one winner, the judges were impressed with the quality of the entries. The number of entries coming from Northern Europe, GWO’s most mature market, allowed for an extra category focusing on Nordic Countries, the UK and Ireland. The judges also awarded “Highly Commended” mentions to training providers excelling in specific aspects of their training, such as outstanding facilities or unique inclusion practices.
The ceremony finale was the Young Achiever Award. This special award has been created for training providers to nominate the best young talent in their organisation’s. GWO was delighted to award the trophy to Matthew Thompson of Safer at Work in the UK.
• WINNER: Tech Safety Lines (USA)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED for Quality of Training: Maersk Training Brazil (Brazil)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED for Safety & Fidelity: RWE Safety Training Team (USA)
• WINNER: Fire and Safety Australia (Australia)
• FINALIST: Taiwan International Windpower Training Corporation – TIWTC (Taiwan)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED for Safety & Fidelity: MTIC by MIRDC (Taiwan)
• WINNER: Tesicnor (Spain)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED for Community & Engagement: SP Wind (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED for Diversity & Inclusion: Mira Rope Access (Turkey)
• WINNER RelyOn Nutec (United Kingdom)
• FINALIST: AIS Survivex (United Kingdom)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED for Diversity & Inclusion: Complete Training Solutions (United Kingdom)
• WINNER: Matthew Thompson, Safer At Work (United Kingdom)
• FINALIST: Szymon Wierzgacz, Windhunter Academy (Poland)
• FINALIST: Ying Yuan Liu, Taiwan International Windpower Training Corporation (Taiwan)
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.