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Alness-based Aventus Energy launches trailblazing Global Wind Organisation (GWO) accredited training centre in first of its kind for Highlands in hook-up with Opportunity Cromarty Firth

By Hector MacKenzie

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New training centre.
New training centre.

Specialist energy sector partner, Aventus Energy, has launched what will be the Highlands and Islands’ first Global Wind Organisation (GWO) accredited training facility at its Alness headquarters.

The Easter Ross facility - which will offer GWO certification courses to participants to equip them with the knowledge and competencies to work safely in the onshore and offshore wind sector.

The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) framework aligns safety and technical training standards, common to all wind energy companies. Since 2012, it has set the standard for people working in

the wind industry, both onshore and offshore.

Allan Mackenzie of Aventus Energy.
Allan Mackenzie of Aventus Energy.

Aventus Energy general manager, Allan Mackenzie, said: “The opening of our GWO-affiliated training facility is eagerly anticipated. For the first time, North-based candidates for the onshore and offshore wind and renewables sector will be able to receive the safety and skills training needed to work in the sector, particularly in wind turbine and generator environments.

“We are proud to be working in partnership with Opportunity Cromarty Firth on this one-stop shop training centre, with critical support from Port of Cromarty Firth, The PowerHouse [the global centre of excellence for floating offshore wind and green hydrogen technologies], and University of the Highlands & Islands.”

Joanne Allday, strategic business development manager for Port of Cromarty Firth said: “We are delighted to be able to support this positive initiative to provide training for local people, especially at a time when offshore wind opportunities are developing with the potential to place the Cromarty Firth at the centre of demand for this type of service.”

Aventus Energy’s new training facility will offer both new and existing candidates a number of standalone courses including fire awareness; sea survival; First Aid; working at height; manual handling; and advanced rescue training.

Through its multi-skilled access teams, Aventus Energy provide maintenance and upgrade solutions across the energy sector with specialist services both onshore and offshore.

Aventus Energy’s maintenance services range from coatings repair, inspection, clean down, mechanical and electrical repair and installation, weld repair and follow-up inspections.

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