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New wind turbine inspection and maintenance training launched

New courses from Hexis Training will raise the level of competency for technicians undertaking statutory inspections and maintenance duties on wind turbines.
Hexis Training Manager (Dave Carter) with delegates on skyman service lift simulator
Hexis Training Manager Dave Carter with delegates on skyman service lift simulator. Picture: Hexis Training

Following the successful pilot of the new ECITB standards at East Coast College in November 2021, Hexis Training based in Lowestoft, Suffolk, has become the first global training provider approved to deliver training courses in Wind Turbine Statutory Inspection and maintenance training standards.

Designed in response to the statutory equipment inspection and maintenance requirements placed on developers, the new training standards deliver the skills needed to safely and competently perform inspection and maintenance duties in this expanding sector.

With the Offshore Wind Industry set to quadruple its generating capacity to 40 GW by 2030, including 1 GW of floating offshore wind, the safe and effective maintenance of those turbines is of critical importance to meet the UK government’s net-zero targets.

To support the industry through the energy transition, Hexis Training has worked with the ECITB and major offshore wind developers and supply chain companies, including Stowen, Scottish Power Renewables, Vattenfall, Worley, Equinor, SSE, Iberdrola (Scottish Power), Orsted, Applus and Petrofac to create a suite of training standards that will support the safe and effective delivery of wind turbine statutory equipment inspection and maintenance.

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said: “As the employer-led skills body for the engineering construction industry, the ECITB funds a wide range of training across the offshore wind sector and has developed industry-leading training standards to help reach the UK’s net-zero targets.

“We’re used to working in highly regulated, safety-critical environments and this training will help ensure technicians work safely and effectively, meeting the legal requirements.

“With around a quarter of engineering construction companies operating in the renewable energy supply chain, the ECITB has a crucial role to play in developing the skills of the workforce and the thousands of new jobs this investment will create.”

Denise Hone, Training Director at Hexis Ltd, said: “Hexis identified this training was needed for the offshore wind sector and we’re proud to have helped develop and to deliver these new ECITB training standards.

“The ultimate goal is we are raising the competencies and reducing the risks to ensure the level of personnel going out to certify offshore equipment have been trained at an accredited level.”

You can watch a short film about the training standard here or to find more details or to check availability, please contact Denise Hone