With an increased focus on green energy, the need for new competence within electrical safety also increases. In close collaboration with Equinor, Trainor has now prepared a training program that sets a completely new standard.
Professionals are increasingly working with renewable and green energy solutions, which places new demands on training, and makes it necessary to develop new forms of training.
- Working with Equinor to develop a new course that meets these needs has been invaluable, says Ole Michael Holth, instructor at Trainor.
The new training course is specially designed for professionals who work with wind power, including both technicians, engineers, switchers, and people in the control room. The purpose is that those who work with offshore wind and wind turbines gain a thorough understanding and knowledge of electrical safety, as well as experience in how to handle the powerful energy that occurs. Communication is also a central part of the course:
- Yes, we practice communication a lot. Operating from a control room means you’re having contact with both personnel on ships, land platforms and inside the wind turbine, connecting the operations via several links. It is of great importance that you know how to communicate clearly, says Holth.
The future is renewable
Renewable and green energy is popular as never before. For Trainor, who has always had the spotlight on sustainability, investing in fields such as renewable energy, wind, batteries, solar cells, and hydrogen is a natural next step.
- There will be an increased demand for new training and competence in the energy and power industry, and we believe that this course is an important step towards increasing safety in this and other sectors, says Holth.
Aiming for the Norwegian shelf
Close collaboration has always been important to Trainor both in the development of training and training methods, but also in day-to-day life. This particular course is no exception:
- We are in close dialogue with the industry all the time. And the process with Equinor and the training program for offshore wind and wind power really shows that great results come from great collaboration. Having the biggest players in the industry involved in the course development is an indication of quality itself, says Holth.
This also strengthens the belief that this training could set a standard for wind power competence for personnel working on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Experience in own test centre
The course is divided in a theoretical and a practical part. The practical exercises take place in Trainor's high-voltage lab. The practical exercises have shown very good results:
- Yes, during our test phase we received a lot of questions from the participants from two days of theory. However, the three days of high voltage lab training gave answers to all their wonderings, Holth reveals.
There is something about having the possibility to experience for yourself what you have read, heard of, or discussed in theory. This precisely is the key to good learning experiences that provide knowledge that you really remember and can make use of in your everyday life.