Why does the wind energy industry need GWO Standards? As they grow, wind energy companies invest millions of dollars each year to train an ex- panding workforce. GWO is a global framework enabling collaboration between companies to identify gener- ic training that can be standardized. Basic Safety Training (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT) are the two main standards used by GWO members. Over 67,000 technicians from more than 125 countries are now GWO certified 1 . GWO standards are created by the industry, for the industry. They reflect the risks a wind turbine technician faces at work. Our members represent a clear majority of global installed wind energy capacity and can share risk information to improve safety on an industry-wide level. Experienced and highly skilled training providers, certified according to GWO criteria, deliver the training and have lower development costs, with the savings passed on to the industry. Employers accept the training of technicians educated outside their own companies if they are GWO certified. This means they do not have to retrain them in the basics; they avoid duplicating training and technicians are available for an increased number of productive workdays on site. Most of our members have standardized over 30% of their basic training for wind power technicians in this way, creating a safer and more productive workforce. Why do GWO standards work?
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Five measurable benefits of GWO standards 1) Safety 2) Productivity 3) Standardization 4) Locally sourced training 5) Supply chain alignment and contract certainty
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1) Source: GWO WINDA Database. Data correct at Q3 2018
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