We are delighted to announce we are a finalist in the Global Wind Organisation Safety & Training Awards.
The Safety Training Awards reward and acknowledge the best of the best amongst the world’s wind training providers so we are truly thrilled to reach the final stage.
The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) is a non-profit body founded by wind turbine owners and manufacturers. The body standardises training across the sector and those who are accredited, as we are, can offer training which is recognised by those in the wind turbine industry.
Nominated in the Training Team of the Year: 0-500 WINDA uploads category, the complete shortlist has been shared this week and you can read more here.
We are proud to be an accredited GWO training provider and have been providing this training for around 10 years. In the early days, we worked hard to meet the GWO standards and began delivering training, culminating in being awarded the Green Energy Award for the contribution to skills category. We have since invested in our people and premises to deliver best in class training using first-class facilities. Our teams are passionate about what we do, and all work towards the same goal, unchanged since our inception in 1902, which is to keep people safe.
We are delighted to be able to support the wind industry and provide training that keeps delegates safe and capable of applying their learning in real life. Our instructors hold nationally recognised teaching and assessing qualifications and are experts in their subject matters. They are also operational rescuers working on turbines – so they have real-life stories, which brings the theory to life in the classroom. And our state-of-art facilities replicate the conditions that candidates experience working in their typical environment.
Our expertise in working at height and delivering GWO accredited courses has developed over many years, as have our facilities.
We currently offer GWO accredited training at two of our training centres, in Fife in Scotland and Knottingley in West Yorkshire. Facilities include a purpose-built indoor training facility to deliver an ultra-realistic training environment, a 17m tower for work at height training, and a decommissioned wind turbine. In addition, we have an 8m scaffold access system designed to simulate industry scenarios for Working at Height, rescue, and training drills. Key features include ladders to perform ascending/descending exercises using twin hooks (for ladder rescue), trap doors, gates, hatches and guard rails, sloping and flat roofs, both with open edges. Additionally, freestanding towers enable training in suspension, a suspended rescue and a casualty stretcher rescue.
As well as investing in facilities, our trainers undergo an extensive training programme before delivering GWO training to candidates. As a result, they are fully competent and aligned to GWOs systems and standards.
Since those early days, our expertise has developed, and we are now a leading provider of training, advice and consultancy to the industry.
The GWO Safety & Training Awards ceremony will take place at a ceremony in November 2021 at the Wind Europe Electric City Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.