The following article appeared in May 2021 edition of SubseaUK, and is reproduced in full below – Subsea UK Magazine May 2021
Recognised as the premier Marine and Offshore Training centre in the central belt of Scotland, Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) is further expanding its GWO Renewables service offering and training infrastructure.
The Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to deliver 50% of Scotland’s total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030 is increasing the requirement for qualified Renewables sector personnel.
Already recognised since 2018 as a GWO Certified Training provider, CTS is now expanding its Clydebank facilities to include a Working at Height training simulator, scheduled to open Q3 2021.
Delegates will have the unique opportunity to complete all five basic and refresher safety training elements on one site in central Scotland.
This will be accompanied by the addition of additional GWO training infrastructure, including a nacelle simulator, allowing courses such as ‘GWO Advanced Rescue Training’ to provide personnel with the skills and knowledge to transport an injured colleague from an unsafe area within a remote workplace.
Plans are also being finalised for Renewables-associated technical and crane training, with a virtual reality initiative also being explored, such that CTS will be one of the very few providers globally that can deliver a comprehensive GWO training offering.
The facilities expansion has been matched by the recent addition of senior personnel with sector experience at leading GWO training providers.
John Abate and Adam Wright have joined as Global Head of Training and Global Business Development Lead, respectively.
The investment in infrastructure and industry experienced personnel is a tangible statement of intent in supporting the diversification into the Renewables sector.
“It’s an exciting time to be joining the Group,” remarked John. “The drive and commitment are there to support this vital part of our training strategy.
“Whilst a perceived demise of global hydrocarbon-based industries is a little premature, what is clear is that society’s move to a more carbon neutral economy is accelerating every year.
“We will play our part in supporting that transition by leading in the delivery of training programmes that will ensure competent, qualified sector professionals are in place.”
In the last 4 years, John has overseen the creation of GWO training facilities in several locations throughout the UK, Taiwan and the US East Coast, while Adam has collaborated with a number of blue-chip organisations in this field.
This experience is pivotal in ensuring that CTS not only has the right infrastructure in place, but also the knowledge and capacity to deliver ‘Competency Beyond Compliance’.