The Highlands’ First Global Wind Organization-Certified Training Facility Opens

Specialist energy sector partner, Aventus Energy, is set to launch what will be the Highlands and Islands’ first Global Wind Organization (GWO) accredited training facility at its Alness headquarters.

Aventus EnergyThe 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 Organization (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:

2 GWO training Allan Mackenzie 2Allan Mackenzie, GM, Aventus Energy

“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 center, with critical support from Port of Cromarty Firth, The PowerHouse (the global center of excellence for floating offshore wind and green hydrogen technologies), and University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI).”

3 GWO Training pic 3 1Joanne 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 center 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.

4 GWO training pic 4 1Aventus Energy is a specialist energy sector partner headquartered in Alness, Ross-shire. Through its multi-skilled access teams, Aventus Energy provide maintenance and upgrade solutions across the energy sector with specialist services both onshore & offshore.

Aventus Energy’s maintenance services range from coatings repair, inspection, clean down, mechanical and electrical repair and installation, weld repair and follow up NDT inspections.

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