SPECIALIST energy sector partner, Aventus Energy, is set to launch what will be the Highlands and Islands’ first Global Wind Organisation (GWO) accredited training facility at its Alness headquarters. The Easter Ross facility – which will offer GWO certification courses to participants to equip them with the knowledge and competencies to work safely in the onshore and offshore wind sector – will open in the coming weeks with the first courses set to run from Q3, 2022.
The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) framework aligns safety and technical training standards, common to all wind energy companies. Since 2012, it has set the standard for people working in the wind industry, both onshore and offshore.
Speaking about the new facility, Aventus Energy General Manager, Allan Mackenzie, said:
“The opening of our GWO-affiliated training facility is eagerly anticipated. For the first time, North-based candidates for the onshore and offshore wind and renewables sector will be able to receive the safety and skills training needed to work in the sector, particularly in wind turbine and generator environments.”
“We are proud to be working in partnership with Opportunity Cromarty Firth on this one-stop shop training centre, with critical support from Port of Cromarty Firth, The PowerHouse (the global centre of excellence for floating offshore wind and green hydrogen technologies), and University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI).”
Joanne Allday, Strategic Business Development Manager for Port of Cromarty Firth said:
“We are delighted to be able to support this positive initiative to provide training for local people, especially at a time when offshore wind opportunities are developing with the potential to place the Cromarty Firth at the centre of demand for this type of service.”
Aventus Energy’s new training facility will offer both new and existing candidates the following standalone courses: GWO Fire Awareness Training, GWO Sea Survival Training, GWO First Aid Training, GWO Working at Height, GWO Manual Handling, GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling Training, and GWO Advanced Rescue Training.
The following training packages will be offered:
GWO Basic Safety Training Package (Offshore)
Consisting of five elements – Sea Survival, Fire Awareness, Working at Height, Manual Handling and First Aid.
GWO Basic Safety Training Package (Onshore)
Consisting of four elements – Fire Awareness, Working at Height, Manual Handling and First Aid.