“When a student calls and says we helped save this person’s life, that’s what it’s all about. GWO will save somebody’s life.”
– Taylor Burnett, Assistant Superintendent, High Plains Technology Center, Woodward, Oklahoma
"Academic diplomas combined with accredited GWO training increases significantly the job prospects and employability of the graduates of these colleges as future workers of the wind industry.’’
– Isabelle Le Beau, Executive Director, Enercon Canada
"As one of the largest wind power developers in North America RWE sees huge benefit from there being more GWO training providers in the USA and Canada. We have approximately 600 employees in scope for GWO training and our contractor base would be very near 1500. A single set of standards will make us all safer and more productive."
– Wesley Witt, Director of HSSE, RWE Renewables Americas
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.
Global Wind Organisation is a non-profit body founded by wind turbine manufacturers and owners. Our members strive for an injury free work environment in the wind turbine industry, setting common international standards for safety training and emergency procedures.
In 2019, The GWO North America Committee was established. It is responsible for introducing GWO standards to North America.
The committee is attended by current members, in particular major manufacturers from the region such as GE Renewable Energy, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Nordex and Enercon, as well as owner operators including Avangrid Renewables, Ørsted, Acciona, and RWE Renewables.
The Safety & Training Forum 2023 was GWO’s first event in the United States.151 Training Providers, Certification Bodies, Auditors, vendors, and Industry associations gathered to discuss safety training in the industry. The Forum aimed to increase engagement with North America’s Network and bring the different stakeholders to the table in a conversation about the roles standards play in the workforce challenge.