One of the highlights of 2021 was the inaugural GWO Safety Training Awards held in Copenhagen in November. The awards offered a vital moment to recognise the skills and highlight the outstanding work and best practices of GWO certified training providers and instructors whose diligent work keeps the wind workforce safe every day.
In a competitive market with over 440 training providers in more than 45 countries, employers have a lot of choice in who to use for training . GWO’s ambition for the Safety & Training Awards was to create a training quality mark that generates long-term value for training providers. With an impressive number of highly qualified entries, finalists came from GWO certified safety training providers on every continent and, despite the pandemic, many were able to join the celebration in person and so simultaneously strengthening the GWO training provider community.
The awards were divided into two categories that championed; first, training teams and secondly, individual trainers. In turn, the Training Team of the Year category was divided into seven sub-categories which allowed training providers to be judged against their peers. Judging for the awards was by a panel of 11 industry experts. So impressed were the judges by the standard of the entries they created two additional ‘highly commended’ distinctions for each finalist category: a total of 24 awards in all. To round off the celebration judges own ‘Achievement Award’, was presented to industry stalwart, Claus Rose.
Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of Global Wind Organisation reflected on the event: “It was a real pleasure to celebrate the very best our network of training providers has to offer at the GWO Safety & Training Awards 2021. The standard amongst the finalists was extremely high and we were thrilled to have so many at the ceremony in Copenhagen, travelling as they did from countries like Brazil, South Africa, Australia and from across Europe.”
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Safety is important to me because everyone that goes to work deserves to go home safely to their families. No matter how old I get or how much experience I have under my belt I'm never going to stop learning and that’s the same mindset it want to bestow on individuals that take my class
To me wind safety means that my friends, my family, a colleague or even a stranger can all go to work without worrying and go home with a smile. I’m really proud and honoured to be one of the finalist of young achiever award. This not only represents the hard work of me and my company, but it also means we have more responsibility to make this industry safer. I’m really proud I can make this world better through this training.
To me wind safety means that my friends, my family, a colleague or even a stranger can all go to work without worrying and go home with a smile. I’m really proud and honoured to be one of the finalist of young achiever award.T his not only represents the hard work of me and my company, but it also means we have more responsibility to make this industry safer. I’m really proud I can make this world better through this training.