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Following World Health Organization advice GWO removes temporary Corona exemption
The guidelines will explain how industry standard training like GWO, meet the needs of employers in North American wind energy
An introduction of the Bolt Tightening Module within the GWO Basic Technical Training Standard
Learn more about GWO's Standard updates and releases
Note on Working at Heights as a pre-requisite for Sea Survival
Eleven Board members elected with John Barrie, Vestas as chair supported by Eloy Jauregui, Acciona as Vice-Chair
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
7th February - Due to personal circumstances, GWO announces today that its Executive Committee Chair, Lisa Mallon, will step down from her role with immediate effect.
• 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.
GWO training programmes delivered by AIS Survivex to reskill former military personnel for the wind industry has helped army mechanic, Jack Taylor scoop a full-time renewables job with Correll Group.
Dominion Energy, a Fortune 500 utility company based in Richmond, Virginia, has today joined as leading member of Global Wind Organisation.
Recent changes in the GWO Requirements for Certification Bodies (Version 11) and its introduction of the multi-site certification scheme have required changes within GWO’s Auditor Qualification Training (AQT)
GWO is today (6 December 2022), updating its advice with reference to an item in the equipment lists contained in some standard annexes. This specifically relates to GWO standards with the following codes: ART, ART-R, BST, BSTR, BSTR-P, Lift and WLA
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will present a compelling case for training centres to invest in standardised training as region develops substantial pipeline of on and offshore wind
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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRAINING PROVIDERS The credit fee for WINDA will be updated at 12:00 PM CET 1st November 22 (Copenhagen, CET). All purchases on or after that point will be at the revised levels. Credits purchased before may be redeemed according to GWO’s normal terms and conditions.
An update to the Sea Survival Module within the GWO Basic Safety Standard (V16) was published 1st October 2022
The first of October 2022 saw Global Wind Organisation launch the latest version (V11) of its Requirements for Certification Bodies. This updated guidance on how certification bodies interact within the GWO community again focusses on the role of audit and certification of training providers. 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.
Global Wind Organisation welcomed training providers from across the globe for this year’s Safety & Training Awards in Copenhagen.
GWO releases new Entry Level Framework and updates to Enhanced First Aid (EFA) Standard and Basic Safety Training Standard, Sea Survival Module (BST-SS)
New analysis from GWO and GWEC finds that: -Global wind power expansion will require 568,800 technicians to work on the construction, installation, operations and maintenance of wind assets by 2026 -More investment in standardised training will be crucial to attract new talent, ensure workforce safety and build sustainable careers
Wind energy employers are supporting the onboarding of thousands of new technicians, with a trio of simplified routes and recommended training for entry level profiles.
Training providers certified to deliver the GWO First Aid module of Basic Safety Training are today informed that version (V14) will remain valid for use until April 1 2023. It will co-exist with version 15 that was released for use on 1st April 2022.
Meet the ex-military personnel and oil & gas workers working in wind.
Exploring the training needs of entry level wind technicians
The milestone represents a significant step in the endorsement of GWO safety standards across wind industry markets globally
October 4th will be a special day as our community of safety and training in wind energy gathers in person for an all-new event in Copenhagen.
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.
The GWO Lift standard brings a coherent safety training framework for wind technicians working on installing, commissioning, and maintaining lifts in WTG towers.
- First female leader elected in GWO’s 10th Anniversary Year - New Executive Committee confirmed with cross industry representation
Following completion of its Annual General Meeting, the GWO General Assembly has elected and confirmed the nominations of its new Executive Committee.
October 4th promises to be a great evening recognising the best that the GWO network has to offer in wind safety and training, save the date!
Following an incident at a training provider (in which a course participant jumped from a height of four meters and injured his back during the fall ending in hospitalisation), the GWO Audit & Compliance Committee has issued a new mandate
From snowmobiles to Telecommunications, the latest group of newly certified training providers show us how anyone can join the GWO network.
Enel Green Power (Enel) has today joined Global Wind Organisation, accelerating the industry’s global effort to strive towards an injury free working environment.
Download GWO's latest report on partnership models to help get your training center certified
8,000 GWO certificates for approximately 2,000 technicians uploaded to the WINDA database
Global Wind Organisation welcomed award winners from across the world to Copenhagen on November 24th for its inaugural GWO Safety and Training Awards.
World's largest turbine manufacturer re-commits to global standard. Calls on schools to become certified and meet global demand for 500,000 workers by 2025
Global Wind Organisation’s Audit & Compliance Committee has completed an investigation into a chain of non compliance by an auditor, a certification body, and a training provider. Action was taken against all three.
Both the First Aid and Manual Handling working groups have been fully resourced
This November GWO is taking a moment to reflect on the lessons learnt from the past two years of progress that the wind industry has achieved despite the pandemic. Join us at Electric City in Copenhagen on Tuesday 23rd November to reflect on employers’ and training providers’ experiences in this still evolving story.
Training providers, certification bodies and employers are encouraged to join us on November 24th 2021 at Electric City, Copenhagen for our Stakeholder Forum. The event will play a key part in the programme of the Safety, Skills and Training Zone and will be a great opportunity to learn, network and engage with GWO face to face
RelyOn Nutec and Clyde Training Solutions unveiled as 2021 demonstration partners
GWO training providers can prepare early by delivering pilot testing and giving feedback to developers
On October 1, 2021 GWO’s Requirements for Training Providers and Certification Bodies will be updated to versions 11 and 9 respectively. Both documents are revised to include changes resulting from GWO’s September 2021 update of its WINDA platform.
On October 1, 2021 GWO’s Requirements for Training Providers and Certification Bodies will be updated to version 11 and 9 respectively. Both documents are revised to include changes resulting from the recent update of WINDA.
More than 80 entries were received and judges have created a shortlist of the top 5 finalists in eight categories
WINDA 3.2 puts users in control drives savings for training providers
Over 25,000 workers will need industry-recognized safety training to meet 9.1GW installations to 2025
Senior hire will assist with adoption of global standards in fast growing market
The Global Wind Organisation Audit & Compliance Committee has approved the withdrawal of VINDA LT from the approved list of GWO Training Providers
WINDA 3.2 puts users in control drives savings for training providers
Training providers are encouraged to update their procedures and lesson plans, following a safety critical change to the ART and ART (Refresher) Standards
The Global Wind Organisation Audit & Compliance Committee has commenced an investigation following receipt of significant evidence of a major noncompliance at a training provider.
Across the world, GWO is celebrating Global Wind Day and the vital role safer working environments play in developing sustainable wind energy and in reshaping all our energy systems.
Apply now to become a Demonstration Partner or Zone Partner in the Safety, Skills & Training Zone
Chinese wind turbine manufacturer CRRC Zhuzhou Institute commits to GWO Standards
New analysis from GWEC, GWO and RCG finds that 480,000 workers need to be trained to GWO standard to deliver onshore and offshore wind market forecasts safely from 2021-2025.
The NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge is a competitive grant program that will award a grant of up to $1 million to a New Jersey community college that collaborates with union trade organizations and industry partners to establish an offshore wind turbine technician training program.
But only 46% of wind technicians hired in Canada are graduates from wind tech training programs
The creation of jobs highlights the need for standardized training
GE Renewable Energy HSE leader takes position on GWO Executive Committee
Cubico Sustainable Investments commits to GWO Standards as the first ever asset management business to join GWO
Global Wind Organisation is launching the first course module of its new Wind Turbine Lift Basic User Training Standard, driving increased standardisation across the industry.
The GWO Slinger Signaller/Rigger Signal Person Training Standard was released for the first time in 2019 and in April 2021 the first review of the standard will be published.
The GWO Blade Repair Training Standard will launch an updated version 2.0 on April 6, following comprehensive review by a working group of subject matter experts.
On April 6, 2021, an update of the GWO Basic Safety Training Standard’s Sea Survival course module will be published.
The GWO Basic Technical Training Standard has completed its latest review and version 6.0 will be launched on April 6, 2021.
GWO releases improved requirements for Training Providers and Certification Bodies on April 6, 2021. In addition, GWO is improving quality control with a requirement for all audit reports to be completed and sent using a GWO template from May 1, 2021
Global Wind Organisation has strengthened its team with the appointment of three new colleagues in key areas of training, business support and communication.
Number of workers trained and courses completed increase by double digit percentages year-over-year
• Wind industry on track to establish global standards for safety training • 75,000+ workers in EMEA, 13,000+ in Americas and 10,000+ in Asia Pacific now part of GWO trained workforce
Collaboration is key to success
Take a moment and remember your best ever learning experience. Why was it so rewarding? What did the teacher or instructor do to make it memorable?
Companies need qualified technicians now.
Four control measures deliver safety in training