Working in Wind

A wide and exciting range of job opportunities await in the offshore wind industry.

The growing sector needs a supply of skilled, well trained workers – from offshore technicians and mariners to onshore control room and support staff.

Offshore wind farms need people to build and maintain them, but also an army of other trades and professions through the planning, development, installation and operational phases.

The offshore wind industry is attracting school leavers, graduates and people with experience from other industries transferring their skills to a new arena.

But whatever the role, safety is vital for people working in the offshore wind industry – for their own and colleagues’ sake.

Workers, for instance, must be well trained in the theory and practice of safe working in the demanding conditions offshore including wind, waves and rough weather. It is essential therefore that certain training courses, particularly GWO (Global Wind Organisation) registered courses, are completed.

The Offshore Wind Skills Centre, through its partners, offers a menu of courses covering everything from manual handling to crane loading and signalling, safety and fire awareness, first aid and sea survival and how to work in high or confined places.

Most employers will request a minimum of the following certificates:

  • WINDA Registration
  • OGUK Medical
  • Chester Step Fitness Test
  • GWO Working at Height
  • GWO Sea Survival
  • GWO First Aid
  • GWO Manual Handling
  • GWO Fire Awareness
  • GWO BTT (Basic Technical Training)
  • City and Guilds Confined Space Level 2 (Low, Medium or High Risk)
  • ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) CCNSG (Client/Contractor National Safety Group) – Safety Passport

This list is not exhaustive and further tests such as drugs and alcohol screening may also be required by employers.

Contact us to see how, through our partners, we can help you achieve these qualifications ahead of a move into the offshore wind sector.