Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Annual Report 2019

The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) recently issued its 2019 Annual Report and we’re delighted to share its key points with you. Reports like this are useful for keeping both us and our customers informed.

Paul Knowles, Vice President for UK and Europe for AIS Training and its sister company, Survivex talks us through the highlights:

“This latest report shows continued strong growth for global wind with capacity increasing by approximately 50GW year-on-year. This translates to approx. 90,000 people who now hold a GWO certificate, whilst GWO’s own target for 2020 is for 25% growth in workers who are GWO trained. There is significant buy-in from wind operators to standardised training and the report highlights an increasing number of wind companies conforming to GWO standards. In fact, the report says there are now 17 companies representing five of the top 10 global owner operators and eight of the world’s largest turbine manufactures amongst those requiring GWO standards.

"Whilst the UK remains an important global hub for offshore wind, America and China are emerging as strong growth areas and GWO has formed a North America committee, headed up by Brian Walencik. In addition, within Europe we see demand growing in Germany as those regional markets here in the UK.

"GWO has ambitious plans for the future and is looking to extend its range of GWO courses, following the success of specialised courses such as Blade Repair and Advanced First Aid in 2019. Over the next three years, the target is to more than double the number of technicians getting regular GWO training. We welcome this aim, which will continue to raise standards and standardisation for our clients across the sector.

"Technology is one of the cornerstones of AIS Training’s approach and we are pleased to see that digitalisation will be a huge future focus for the wind training sector moving forward.”

Read the full GWO Annual Report 2019 >>