RelyOn Nutec, global safety training expert, has updated its centers at Foinavon Close and Wellheads Road with a £60,000 refurbishment to accommodate new wind safety training courses.
The company has recently achieved GWO (Global Wind Organization) accreditation in Aberdeen, leading the way to new courses being launched in January 2020 to support the growing wind industry in the region.
The accreditation will allow RelyOn’s safety experts to transfer their offshore knowledge to deliver GWO basic and refresher training, enhanced first aid, and slinger signal courses.
It follows a demand from the wind industry for access to more training as developments are expected to increase in the next decade. It is estimated that up to 6,400 additional jobs will be required in Scotland’s offshore wind industry by 2032 with more than 1000 wind turbines being installed in coastal waters north of the border.
The global safety, skills and competency training organization has been delivering GWO training at its Teesside center for the past five years. The Aberdeen investment includes an extension to the platform in the pool area to mock-up realistic safety transfers from a vessel to a turbine, an updated fast rescue boat, new ancillary equipment for working at height and rescue, and extending the existing working at height platform at Wellheads.
James Dixon, product development manager, RelyOn Nutec UK, said, “There are major offshore wind developments underway in the UK, in the northeast of Scotland and the northeast of England, so both of our UK centers are very well positioned to fully support the industry, with required accreditation as it grows around our shores."
The GWO courses available at RelyOn Nutec from mid-January will provide entry level training for people looking to retrain for wind industry opportunities and advanced training for those already working in the industry and looking to enhance their skill base.
RelyOn Nutec, has 33 training centers across the world, including two UK centers in Aberdeen and Teesside, which have 72 and 23 employees respectively, and delivers safety and skills training to more than 250,000 delegates annually in high-risk industries.