Looking Ahead: Training Opportunities at GEV Wind Power
In 2021, GEV Wind Power established its first UK-based training academy at the HOTA training center in Hull. Following its ongoing success and growing demand, the academy has engaged with over 200 technicians through dedicated open sessions, pre-project mobilization training, and upskilling. This has set the foundations for further training development across the wider GEV Group, from North America to Australia…
The inception of the Training Academy enabled GEV as a business to enhance existing skill sets with our in-field resources in various disciplines, such as LEP, PCU, Blade Repair, and specialist cosmetic repair techniques, while also allowing us to train highly skilled technicians with client-specific application methods and techniques.
GEV Wind Power Academy Open Sessions
The two-day-long open sessions have provided newly qualified technicians with the opportunity to hear from industry experts, brush up on valuable skills, and test themselves with blade application techniques in a simulated environment on a test blade.
When discussing the growth of the academy and plans for the space, GEV’s Field Blade Technical Manager and Training Instructor, Andy Rendell, stated:
“The GEV Academy has gone from strength to strength in the 3 years we have been in partnership with HOTA. We started with a vision when I joined the business to upskill current technicians before project mobilization, reducing potential learning curves at the beginning of projects. We have achieved this and more, with the feedback from both technicians and clients being nothing but positive.
The new year will see the academy begin a new phase, with added testing to help us assess the skills of technicians coming through, while developing new talent along the way. This is part of our wider commitment to staying ‘Best in Class’ in what we achieve through positive culture and enhanced training.
A big thank-you goes to HOTA – Hull, for coming on our journey with us, and we are excited to continue working alongside them for many more years to come.”
What to expect in 2024?
GEV Wind Power is set to expand its training opportunities on a global scale, providing technicians with access to valuable training courses across all divisions as the team continues to grow. We recognize the value of providing quality training opportunities, allowing skilled technicians to develop within their careers and provide clients with the best-qualified support to complete all projects.
Following the successful opening of GEV’s North American headquarters in Fort Worth, the new Texas facility is set to become a GWO qualified training provider, offering accredited training courses with experienced instructors and technical support.
The facility will strengthen GEV’s North American division and play a leading role in supporting future and current employment in the local and wider regions. The 32,000 sq. ft. property will provide the ability for GEV to create a best-in-class training space to help develop our technician pool and create a dedicated onboarding program for new-to-industry personnel.
In November 2023, GEV Wind Power welcomed RIGCOM to the GEV Group, opening possibilities for further growth within the APAC region and complementing the existing service offerings. (Take a look at the official press release [link here])
With a strong presence and established headquarters, RIGCOM has become the leading Australian ISP, providing in-field rotor blade solutions. The facility boasts a cutting-edge training space, delivering industry-specific training for technicians working in the wind energy sector, including a fully certified GWO blade repair course.
As we approach the new year, we look forward to expanding our offerings in line with GEV’s growing global team. The enhanced training courses will allow GEV to further support clients on a wider scale and provide technicians with greater opportunities to refine crucial skills for high-quality maintenance and repairs.
We encourage technicians to stay tuned over the coming months as we continue to share more information about the developments taking place across all divisions, globally.
GEV Wind Power has several exciting opportunities for projects across North America, Europe, and the UK. Visit our application page to apply your interest or look at our technician area to learn more about what to expect as a technician at GEV Wind Power.
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