The global wind energy sector’s workforce is increasingly trained by a single global standard, new figures reveal.

Nearly two-thirds (65%) plus GWO training modules were completed by wind energy workers in North America during the first nine months of 2019, the number reached 5,842 at the end of September. In Asia, the increase was even greater. 7,814 GWO training modules were completed; an increase of 79% in the same period during 2018.

All of the world’s continental markets showed an increase in volumes. Nothing but Africa (+ 244%), where the number of GWO training modules completed by wind power workers in South Africa alone now coincides with Oceania (Australia and New Zealand). Both regions saw almost 2,000 training modules completed in the first nine months of 2019.

The number of training providers also increased. Forty-eight training sites have been certified through the end of the third quarter of 2019, with substantial numbers open in Brazil (+5) and India (+2).