A new initiative that aims to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in Britain’s wind energy sector has been launched.
The Renewable Training Network (RTN) has unveiled two new training courses intended to establish a UK standard for blade maintenance, repair and inspection training.
The RTN was set up in 2011 by RenewableUK, which said the present lack of an agreed standard “can make it hard for employees to demonstrate their skills and experience across the industry” and in the long run could mean extra costs by affecting wind farm performance.
Patricia Knightley, Head of the RTN said: “The industry has told us that there is a need for training and standards on blade maintenance, repair and inspection. In response we’ve brought together all those involved to devise a robust standard and set of modules that will address the skills shortages which exist in this area”.
The new training courses will be launched in November. The RTN is working with Energy Skills Partnership and analytics firm Renewable Strategy Limited.