Maersk Training has reached an agreement with Babcock Marine Training, part of the Babcock International Group, to develop a custom-built wind energy training facility in Paisley.
The facility that will launch Maersk Training into Scotland’s Central Belt is the seventh facility that the company has opened across the UK, enabling the delivery of certified courses for the renewables industry through its market leading GWO (Global Wind Organization).
The modular training unit, designed using recycled and highly adapted freight containers, provides quick delivery and a solution to take customer training capabilities away from the need for delegated travel to provide a safer solution in the current COVID-19 environment.
This on-site approach facilitates a safer learning environment, cultivating a positive climate among learners that helps them to concentrate on developing their safety skills.
The Paisley facility is planned to offer a number of GWO approved courses including GWO Basic Safety Training (Onshore), GWO Advanced Rescue, and GWO Slinger Signaller.
“In spite of the challenges that 2020 has presented, the wind energy sector has continued to grow. The expansion of both offshore and onshore wind in Scotland will increase job opportunities and boost the economy.
“Technician safety is the number one priority of our customers and now more than ever training must be delivered in the safest way possible. This means observing social distancing and reducing the distance that people need to travel.
“The Paisley facility allows us to deliver training in smaller, controlled groups and with so many technicians working around the central belt it allows a significant reduction in both the risks and costs associated with travel.
“The news has been welcomed by our local clients and for the first time in the UK there is now a single GWO training provider who can deliver training in all the major wind energy clusters.”James Costello, senior sales manager, UK renewables at Maersk Training.
“Our talented team and state-of-the-art facility at Paisley offers a range of specialized training capabilities and Babcock is pleased to be able to work with Maersk Training to support the wind energy sector. It is great to be working together to support UK skills and prosperity, and we look forward to forging more opportunities like this in the future.”Mark Graves, managing director, Babcock Marine Training.