Forecasts for offshore wind installation on the US east coast point to an immediate need for investment in standardised safety and technical training, new figures reveal
Global Wind Organisation (GWO), the industry-owned non-profit responsible for wind technician training standards, has forecast that over 25,000 people will require the basic entry-level standard training to work on offshore wind turbines over the next five years.
The training is essential for jobs in construction, installation, operations and maintenance segments of the wind power value chain, and does not cover jobs in procurement, manufacturing (the most labour-intensive segment), or transport.
GWO North America representative Dan Ortega explained, “The United States’ offshore wind pipeline includes several projects entering next-stage development and 9.1 GW by 2025.
“Many training providers have already responded to demand by certifying to GWO standards, but investment must pre-empt development and be ready to deliver as soon as foundations begin to be placed in our waters.”
A pipeline of almost 100 community colleges, maritime academies, and universities from across North America are actively of seeking certification to provide these wind industry-recognised GWO standards.
“Together, these institutions will help deliver safety on the job, reduce duplication in training and improve the productivity of tens of thousands of people working on wind turbines offshore in the US,” said Mr Ortega.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy head of quality management and HSE, Americas region, and chair of the GWO North America Committee Wesley Witt said, “Manufacturers and owner-operators have created GWO standards to work safely according to the known risks and hazards they face every day. Our forecasts are based on experience from established markets in Europe and provide clear guidance of the scale of this task.”
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