Survivex invests in Scottish GWO training centre

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 30/06/2020 Survivex
Survivex is launching a Global Wind Organisation (GWO) wind training in Aberdeen to service Scotland’s wind industry.

More than £100,000 has been invested at Survivex in new facilities and equipment to align the centre to the highest GWO standards. As well as all the mandatory safety courses and refresher training required by the global wind industry, Survivex will offer GWO Slinger Signaller and Enhanced First Aid courses.

The first courses will run from the 6th July onwards following a robust audit process by the GWO and will adhere to strict safety measures as set out by government to prevent the spread of Covid19.

Survivex’s sister company, AIS Training is one of the largest providers of GWO training in the UK operating from its Renewable Energy Training Centre in Newcastle. Survivex stated it will be utilising this knowledge and expertise to deliver its new portfolio of wind courses.

Paul Knowles, Vice President for Survivex and AIS Training, said: “We are delighted to bring our unrivalled expertise and knowledge in wind training to Aberdeen. Offshore wind is high on Scotland’s agenda from both an economic and an environmental point of view. Statistics from Scottish Renewables highlight the industry’s incredible growth, with more than half of Scotland’s electricity generation now coming from renewables. The sector is also producing enough electricity to supply 90% of Scotland’s electricity consumption.

“Major offshore wind projects such as the Beatrice, Hywind and Kincardine windfarms, are helping to create more than 17,000 jobs in Scotland and developing a skilled workforce to support the industry as it grows is of paramount importance.

“Our extensive heritage in oil and gas means we are also in a position to assist Aberdeen’s oil and gas sector as it transitions into low carbon industries.

“AIS Training has an exceptional record of developing competent and talented workers with the appropriate skill sets for the renewable energy industry. We will be using this extensive knowledge with Survivex to help Aberdeen become a global leader in renewable energy skills.”

Crown Estate Scotland, manager of Scotland’s seabed, recently announced (10 June 2020) the launch of the first round of offshore wind leasing in Scottish waters in a decade. The round, called ScotWind Leasing, enables companies to apply to build Scotland’s new generation of offshore wind farms. Total investment in ScotWind Leasing projects could potentially surpass £8 billion and could deliver more than enough electricity to power every Scottish household. Over 6 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved per year.

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