About GWO


Training Committee

GWO members strive for an injury free work environment in the wind turbine industry, through cooperation among the members, who set common standards for safety training and emergency procedures.

The GWO Training Committee supports this aim by:

  • Driving the development and implementation of new GWO training standards for the wind industry
  • Reviewing, maintaining and updating existing GWO training standards to ensure accuracy and validity
  • Communicating benefits and business case from improved efficiency and effectiveness of GWO training
  • Monitoring and evaluating quality of training provision and certification to drive up standards of training
  • Supporting the GWO Secretariat in responding to training queries from GWO members, training providers and other stakeholders

In Q1 2022, the Training Committee has prioritised its work towards the following initiatives:

  • Control of Hazardous Energies Training Standard and Lift Training Standard

The CoHE and Lift training standards’ official launch has been set for the end of Q1, 2022 to accommodate rigorous pilot testing programmes of the two standards at GWO certified training centres in Europe, the United States and China.

The aim of the GWO rigorous pilot testing programmes is to evaluate whether the CoHE and Lift training standards are feasible, i.e., are the pilot trainings able to achieve the overall aims and learning objectives of the training standards? This aim and many others related to CoHE and Lift testing programmes will be a key focus for GWO until the end of Q1, 2022.

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  • Review of the GWO BST First Aid standard

The GWO Training Committee has requested a review of the GWO BST First Aid standard to be initiated in Q4, 2021. The two primary targets that this review is meant to address is a review of relevant learning objectives and the course duration in comparison with similar standards for first aid training.

Additionally, a continuous challenge in the wind industry has been to implement the GWO First Aid training standard in several regions due to higher cost and inability to utilize the locally acknowledged first aid courses. Solutions for this problem and other topics will be explored and be key parts of the review of the GWO First Aid training standard.

  • Taxonomy rollout

The GWO Taxonomy Framework provides guidance and insights for training providers, instructors, and auditors when planning, conducting and auditing GWO trainings. The taxonomy roll-out on all GWO training standards aligns and creates clarity of learning objectives, learning activities and evaluation of learning outcomes in all GWO training standards.

  • Review of the GWO BST Manual Handling Module

The GWO Training Committee has requested a review project focused on the GWO BST Manual Handling to be completed before the end of Q1, 2022. The primary aim of this review project is to reduce the number of injuries and loss time incidents related to manual handling in the wind industry by improving the quality of the GWO Manual Handling Module. This improvement in quality will be ensured through a focus on what the worker in the wind industry needs to be able to do and updating the GWO BST Manual handling module according to the latest findings and tools related to the manual handling area in the wind industry*

  • Entry-level technician skills framework

The GWO Training Committee has initiated a new project in Q1, 2022 with the current working title being Entry-level technician skills framework. This project is still in its early phases but is intended to develop a standardized entry-level technician framework that will establish a transparent and valid set of skills for identified entry-level technician roles in the wind industry. This framework will thereby enable the industry to recognize already acquired knowledge and skills, allow people working within other industries to assess their knowledge and skills gaps and upskill as required to move into the wind industry and provide an established path in terms of education for new starters who wants to begin their career the wind industry.

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Ann Duedahl

Chair of the GWO Training Committee
Global Learning Leader, GE Renewable Energy
Ann has been working with GWO actively in the Training Committee since 2014 with SGRE, and has been Chair of the Training Committee since 2022

Thor Inge Throndsen

Vice Chair, GWO Training Committee
HSE Manager for North Sea Offshore Wind Operations, Equinor.
Thor has more than 30 years' experience in different HSE roles in the energy industry. He joined Equinor (Statoil) in 1996 and started in offshore wind in 2018. He worked for the Norweigian Petroleum Safety Authorities from 1990-96.

Guo Chengyin

Member of the GWO Training Committee
Safety Management Department Supervisor Goldwind Science & Technology Co., LTD.

Bente Boa

Member of the GWO Training Committee
Head of Learning and Development, Off-Shore Wind, Ørsted

Marco Roverato

Member of the GWO Training Committee
HSE Manager, Cubico Sustainable Investments

Ma Chunling

Member of the GWO Training Committee
Supervisor of Offshore Wind Training Center Goldwind Science & Technology Co. LTD

Heiko Post

Member of GWO Training Committee
Product Manager Training, ENERCON Service Deutschland GmbH

Sandra Sarkute-Nielsen

Member of GWO Training Committee
Team Lead, Training Instructional Design, Siemens Gamesa

Jose Alba Perez

Member of the GWO Training Committee
Head of O&M Wind - Operation and Maintenance, ENEL