Leading safety and technical training provider for the wind, oil and gas and maritime industries, Maersk Training in the UK (Maersk Training), has recently announced 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 which will launch Maersk Training into the Central belt of Scotland is the seventh facility which the organisation has opened across the UK, allowing the delivery of its market leading GWO (Global Wind Organisation) accredited courses for the renewables industry.

The modular training unit, an innovative and unique design using recycled and highly modified freight containers, offers quick deployment and a solution to take training capabilities to clients, removing the need for delegate travel offering a safer solution in the current climate of COVID-19. This on-site solution allows for a safer learning experience, promoting a positive atmosphere amongst learners allowing them to focus on enhancing their safety skills.

The concept has already been tried and tested for the renewables industry in the North West of England, providing delegate training on the Walney Wind Farm, and in Taiwan, where the modular unit was deployed to support the construction and development of a state-of-the-art wind energy training facility. The Paisley facility has been purpose-built to deliver a wide range of GWO accredited courses including GWO Basic Safety Training (Onshore), GWO Advanced Rescue and GWO Slinger Signaller.

James Costello, Senior Sales Manager, UK Renewables at Maersk Training, said: “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.”

Mark Graves, Managing Director, Babcock Marine Training said: “Our talented team and state-of-the-art facility at Paisley offers a range of specialised 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.”

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