The 2021 Annual Report marks the end of year two of GWO’s three year “Safety Without Borders” strategy. At the time of its launch, two years of pandemic seemed inconceivable, but today individuals and states are still struggling. However, closer to home within the wind sector a new (nearly) normal has prevailed ensuring not only that the lights never went out, they now burn even brighter.
Good governance processes, greater transparency and evidence-based decision making leverage consistency of training quality across a growing and increasingly diverse community of training providers.
There is no doubt that the standards GWO has introduced since its foundation have produced the training framework specific to the wind environment. This has been confirmed by the rapidly growing community of training providers around the world certified to GWO requirements.
For GWO members it’s still worth remembering how different the world would be if we didn’t have the mobility of workforce GWO standards facilitate. As a forum where members, training providers and training participants can build consensus and seek compromise, GWO has an important role in removing global barriers.
GWO has matured and established a lasting position within the wind industry’s workforce and industrial supply chain. Together with our membership, training provider and certification body network, we have continued to advance standards for safety so that our colleagues who construct, install, operate, and maintain wind energy assets can return home to their families wherever they are in the world.
Progress against the ambitions of our three-year strategy "Safety without Borders" continued apace during its second year. For example, we welcomed 82 newly certified GWO training providers from across the world with five new countries.