Blade repair and inspection specialist Altitec has been issued with a Training System Certificate following a successful assessment by independent energy experts and certification body DNV GL. Certification of the Altitec Academy’s ‘Rotor Blade Repair and Inspection Training’ course according to DNV GL guidelines for the certification of training in the wind energy industry and DNV GL Rotor Blade Standards provides a stamp of approval to the Altitec course and reassures new technicians and employers alike that the training offered by the Altitec Academy provides technical and safety competency.
Blade damage will continue to be the most common cause of wind turbine downtime, given that more than 150 GW of wind installed capacity has been installed in Europe alone, and that more and more wind farms continue to come online around the world. This offers a significant economic growth opportunity for Europe and the UK, with significant scope for job creation. Indeed, there are already a large number of positions in the sector that need to be filled. Only by equipping more technicians with the necessary skills will the demand for well-trained technicians on sites around the world be met.
Each year, Altitec trains around 150 new blade inspection and repair technicians for a career in the wind industry at its dedicated training centre in London. Each trainee needs to be confident that their newly acquired skills will be recognised across the industry, not only by Altitec. Previously, the lack of a widely recognised qualification of blade repair standards was a key factor in dissuading job-seekers from entering the wind sector, resulting in a skills gap in the labour market.
Certification from DNV GL demonstrates the quality of the training technicians have received to employers across the world. The certification of the Altitec Academy means employers can be confident that they are hiring well-trained technicians with the appropriate skillset.
“We are delighted to have received this certification from DNV GL, which reflects the high standard of training provided by the Altitec Academy” said Tom Dyffort, Managing Director, Altitec Group. “Employers around the world can be confident of the competency of new technicians leaving the academy, whilst job-seekers looking to transition into the wind industry can be assured that they are receiving high quality training. Well-trained technicians are in demand right now, and the Altitec Academy offers a chance for many more to develop these skills and pursue a new career path.
Image: Trainees at the Altitec Academy
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