Welcome to our new VP Sales & Marketing Ben Dickens

Welcome to our new VP Sales & Marketing Ben Dickens.

 

As STL USA continues to grow and develop as the USA’s premier provider of GWO accredited training courses we welcome our new VP Sales & Marketing to the company. Ben Dickens has a long career history in enterprise sales and marketing. Working for and with some of the largest global companies. Latterly Ben has worked with a number of fast growing scale-up businesses with responsibility for customers and growth.

Ben’s remit at STL is to continue driving our business in the North America. This will include opening new training centers, developing our core business offer and working closely with our customers big and small to ensure they continue to receive best in market training solutions.

“I’m excited to be joining STL USA at a pivotal pint in their growth. Wind energy in the USA is booming, coupled to the fast pace of adoption of GWO standards in all areas of the sector. These factors combined with STL’s market leading offer put us in prime position to be the trainer of choice across the USA. My job is to ensure that happens and that we continue to deliver a service that sets us apart from our competitors.”

Ben Dickens VP Sales & Marketing

 

Ben joins us at a time when we are actively opening new training facilities, have recently launched our onsite offer and are cementing our position in the USA market as the leading provider of GWO training.

 

“We are very pleased that Ben has joined us at this crucial time in STL USA’s growth. He brings a wealth of experience and modern know how to the sales and marketing process however it is his proven ability to build lasting relationships that should see him make a success of this role and in turn successful establish an exciting future for STL USA.”

Bob Dickens, Global Chairman Safety Technology

 

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New Kansas City GWO training venue

STL USA are pleased to announce the addition of a new Kansas City GWO training venue.

The new Kansas City GWO training center will initially offer GWO Working at Height training.

Technicians taking the GWO Working at Height course will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at heights, specific to a WTG
  • understanding of current national legislation regarding working at heights.
  • correct identification of PPE, including identification of European/Global standard markings e.g. harness, hard hat, lanyards, etc.
  • the knowledge and skills to correctly inspect, service, store and don the relevant PPE, e.g. harness, lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment.
  • correct use of the relevant PPE, e.g. harnesses lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment. This includes correct identification of anchor points and correct ladder conduct.
  • correct use of evacuation devices.
  • how to approach rescue situations in WTGs and use rescue equipment efficiently.

We are now taking bookings for the center, follow the link below to find out more.

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Introducing onsite GWO training

We’re pleased to announce STL USA as the first GWO training provider to offer onsite training services in the USA.

 

 

Onsite training allows us to increase the flexibility of STL USA’s GWO training solutions. The solution is very simple, STL can now certify a client site for training purposes and then train technicians directly on the equipment they maintain.

The USA is a big country and whilst it has some of the best training facilities in the world it can be logistically challenging to send technicians across country for training, especially when it takes them away from their vital work. Onsite is therefore the perfect training option for smaller teams and technicians working in areas a long way from training centres. Subject to an initial risk assesment and certification which can happen a few days before or on the day training starts if we don’t encounter any surprises, both first time trainees on GWO and technicians refreshing their accreditations can be trained.

The ability to train directly on the equipment used everyday provides trainees with an an “in-country” knowledge of safety applications tailored to their specific environment. However as with all our GWO training courses this doesn’t mean they are only accredited to work on their own turbines the accreditation is universal.

Running an onsite course couldn’t be easier:

  • STL trainers come to your site
  • STL completes a full risk assessment with the customer to ensure candidate and trainer safety to complete the works on site and ensuring GWO standards are met.
  • STL issues the relevant accreditation certificates subject to successfully passing the course

Courses last the same amount of time as those run at STL’s training centers with the following Basic Safety Training modules on offer:

  • Working at Height
  • Fire Awareness
  • Manual Handling
  • First Aid onsite

If you’d like to talk to us about how we can “come to you” to run GWO training get in touch via the link below:

Updates to GWO training standards

GWO training standards are regularly updated. The most recent took place on July 1st this year. We explore what this means for technicians seeking accreditation and those renewing.

 

GWO standards are continually improving ensuring that all modules are at the cutting edge of safety and process. With a recent update taking place on the 1st of July this year we thought it was a great opportunity to explore what this means from a trainer and technician perspective and how this might affect your GWO training and accreditations.

 

What’s changed?

GWO training standards are frequently updated. Both BST and BTT have recently been updated, moving from version 11 and version 4 respectively to 12 and 5. Training providers, that’s us, can continue to use the old standard for a 3 month grace period, which ended on July the 1st this year, at which point delivery needs to move to the new version.

 

How does this affect technicians?

It’s important to know whether your training provider is delivering the correct standard. Outside of the grace period accreditations to obsolete standards with be considered non-compliant and this affects your ability to work at GWO accredited locations. As the grace, or handover, period has now finished all courses should be delivered to BST v12 or BTT v5.

 

Is STL compliant?

In a word, yes. It’s of paramount importance to STL USA that we are delivering training to the correct training standard and are completely compliant with the GWO in respect of this.

 

When is the next round of updates?

GWO regularly review and update the training standards with the next round scheduled for the second half of 2020 and first half of 2021. We’ll ensure to keep you  informed of developments via the website and social media.

 

Should I worry about compliance?

As we’ve mentioned it’s important to verify if you’re trainer is delivering the correct version of the BST or BTT. You can be assured that this is the case with STL USA courses but we can’t speak for other providers. If in doubt or if you have questions please reach out to us and we can hopefully help.

 

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American Wind Week

This week is American Wind Week, an opportunity to celebrate wind energy and demonstrate how wind energy works for all Americans.

The AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) hosted the inaugural “American Wind Week” in 2017 in celebration of wind power emerging as America’s No. 1 source of renewable energy. This quickly became an annual event where wind companies and supporters host a wide variety of events around the country to show how wind works for all Americans.

Each year in August, elected officials will visit wind farms and factories across the country to show their support. It’s an initiative that STL USA is 100% behind without a wind industry we wouldn’t have anyone to provide GWO training to!

 

Some of the great stories from American Wind Week

New York celebrates Wind Week

 

 

New jobs encourage young New Mexicans to stay in the state

 

There’s a ton of news over on the AWEA’s news feed just follow the link here.

 

The key themes of American Wind Week 2019

Each day through wind week we’ve been focusing on a different aspect of wind energy. We’ve covered wind’s contribution to rural communities, job creation, jobs for ex service men and woman and the reduction in carbon emissions. Head over to our social to see more.

Wind week is a brilliant initiative by the AWEA and we hope to be a part of it for years to come.

 

2019 Wind Energy review, so far..

2019 has already been a huge year for wind energy so we thought we’d look back on some of the big developments so far and those still to come.

2019 has gone so quickly, with so many major developments taking place it feels like we’ve had a full year already and it’s only July! This week’s blog looks at the major sector developments and looks ahead to what’s to come in the sector for the rest of the year. As a GWO trainer we’re well placed to see what is really happening in the sector from an infrastructure and employment perspective and one thing is for certain that wind energy continues to grow, fast.

2019 a year for firsts

Wind energy generated more electricity than coal for the first time this year. April saw wind surpass coal for the first time ever and indications suggest that this will only accelerate the decline in the coal industry. As it becomes ever cheaper to generate power via renewables less profitable fossil fuels are surely on the way out. Much of this demand has been driven by states, cities and corporations commiting to clean energy despite the national backdrop.

New projects show no sign of slowing

Big wind farm news has been coming through at regular intervals. So far this year we have seen the Vinyard offshore farm, Ocean wind off the coast of Atlantic City and two major projects off the Long Island coast announced. This comes against a backdrop of numerous new onshore farms being awarded contracts. The sector is moving fast as the USA catches up with the rest of the world.

Corporates and cities leading the way

Major cities like Dallas and Chicago have made bold commitments to renewable energy. In both cases they have set targets to use 100% clean energy. Despite a national backdrop at odds with renewable energy these are just two examples of cities, states and municipalities taking action into their own hands where energy is concerned.

Corporates are also doing their bit. There is a clear drive towards clean energy as corporates look to secure their energy needs now and in the future. Well known organisations like Facebook have made a clear commitment to wind energy creating hundreds of jobs in the process with other well know organisations following such as AT&T and Google. These companies have set impressive targets and on the face of it it’s great PR but there’s more to it than that. These companies know that renewable costs are steadily reducing vs. increasingly expensive fossil fules. They also know companies who take an active role in managing their energy efficiency perform better over the long term.

STL USA’s year so far

It’s been a super busy year so far at STL USA. 2019 is on course to be a record year for students trained and accredited with GWO qualifications. We’ve attended some great industry events particularly AWEA’s conference in San Diego and we hope to make more friends in the industry over the next months and years.

What’s in store at STL USA

The rest of 2019 is about cementing STL USA’s place as the leading provider of GWO training solutions in the USA. We’re actively recruiting for new trainers and we hope to have secured an additional world class training facility by year end.

 

 

STL USA are taking course bookings for August & September GWO training, click below to find out more

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We’re hiring! Want to become a GWO trainer?

Want to become a GWO trainer? We have a great opportunity to join the USA’s fastest growing industry, wind energy.

STL USA are recruiting for new GWO trainers as demand for GWO training courses increases. the wind energy sector in the USA is one of the fastest growing markets with double digit job creation happening yearly. Growth is being driven by cities, states and corporations committing to clean energy, fuelling the boom we are at the center of. There’s no better time to become a GWO trainer.

GWO, Global Wind Organisation, is the industry body responsible for setting common safety standards for technicians in the wind energy sector. Created by its members the GWO have two main safety standards which STL train. The Basic Safety Standard and Basic Technical Standard. Course content covers all aspects of safety for onshore and offshore turbines as well as regular refreshers.

STL deliver training from two main hubs, Texas and Iowa. The facilities at each are world class with extensive climbing systems and turbine mock-ups to practice training.

As a course instructor, you will be delivering GWO and other courses to wind energy technicians at Safety Technology USA’s main training locations in Texas and Iowa as well as remotely onsite with clients.

Friendly and outgoing you will lead training courses of small groups of students. Instructing them on the key safety elements required for them to gain GWO accreditation.

Working with the course delivery teams in the USA and at our UK head office you will deliver training courses to the latest standards.

The following qualifications would be desirable

  • SPRAT or IRATA Level 2
  • OSHA 10 / OSHA 30
  • NFPA Fire Fighter Qual
  • Ergonomics/Material Handling Certified

As would previous teaching experience (military, safety training, climbing or mountaineering). Strong Verbal and written communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Outlook

It’s really important that you can travel as this role requires lots within the USA.

Please forward a full CV along with availability to interview/ start and salary expectations for immediate feedback and a confidential chat.

 

info@safetytechnologyusa.com

Texas the Wind Energy state.

When you think of energy wind isn’t the first source that springs to mind when you say Texas. But given Texas’ is the leading state in wind energy so we thought we’d explore in more detail.

 

Texas produces the most wind power of any US state, it’s also home to one of our premier GWO training centers. In 2017, 16% of electricity generated was from wind. Texas has over 40 projects the largest of which is the Roscoe wind farm others include the Hollow Wind Energy Center, Sherbino WInd Farm and the Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm.

Texas is well positioned for a thriving wind sector, west and southern areas benefit from strong predictable winds especially during the day when consumption is at its highest. This is heavily reflected in the jobs market. Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sectors in the USA and a large percentage of those jobs are in Texas. In fact Texas has become somewhat of a mecca for people looking for the steady paycheck that wind energy can provide. There are an estimate 230,000+ jobs in clean energy as a sector (solar, wind, energy efficiency) and an estimated 10,000+ jobs were created in 2018 alone.

Put into context if Texas were a country it would be the sixth largest wind energy producer in the world, the bulk of which is generated in Nolan county. At peak output wind energy has contributed as much as 50% of the states power needs although this normally sits around the 15% mark. It’s these kind of figures that show just what an important role Texas has to play.

It’s not just the turbines themselves that have contributed to job creation it’s the supply chain businesses that are cropping up as part of the wider ecosystem that will continue the growth. From blade manufacturers and components manufacturers through to companies recycling older parts and turning them into building panels the entire sector is awash with opportunity.

Texas’ position as the nation’s wind energy jobs leader is also driving changes in education with many technical and four-year colleges now offering degrees and certificates related to the wind industry.  These include turbine service technicians, wind energy project managers, engineers and operations managers.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas employs 1,440 wind turbine service technicians, with the average technician making approximately $53,650 annually.

It’s also good news for consumers who enjoy lower costs with the growth of this energy industry with residential power rates approximately 10 percent lower than the national average and industrial power rates approximately 20 percent lower than the national average.

As the leading state for wind energy Texas is the perfect place for our GWO training facility. Located in Sweetwater the center is a modern, state of the art training facility. For more information and to book a training course click the link below:

 

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Linking to Texas training centres, focussing on Texas as the leading state for wind energy in the USA.

GWO training center Texas

Our GWO training center Texas is the second in our roster of centers in the USA. A truly amazing facility housed within the Texas State Technical College.

Located in Sweetwater our second GWO training center Texas is a modern, state-of-the-art training facility and works in conjunction with our headquarters in Abilene, Texas just an hour down the road. Providing some of the best GWO Training in Texas.

Home to a renowned Wind Energy program the center provides; climbing structures, fall-arrest ladders, and various facilities for rope access.

GWO training center Texas

Facilities in detail

The Building; Roof Height 30’ X Width 50’ X Depth 50’

Climbing Structure Height 25’ and one Platform at other end.

2 Fall arrest ladders. (Wind Energy, Telecoms & Industrial Use)

Evacuation Hatch (Wind Energy Use)

20’ Edge Negations for Rope Access and Wind Energy Evacuation.

Training Rooms X 1. With Projector

25’ Mobile Training UNIT with classroom

Services

Open plan Seating Area.

Men’s Restrooms.

Women’s Restrooms.

Vending Machine.

Smoking area External to the building

Courses

We offer the full suite of GWO Basic Safety training courses at our GWO training center in Texas. Including modules for both the Basic Safety Standard and Basic Technical Standard. Including:

  • Working at Height
  • Manual Handling
  • First Aid
  • Fire Awareness

Training is managed and delivered by our highly qualified team.

What to expect

One thing you are assured of is a warm Texas welcome! Our GWO training center in Texas is one of the premier sites in the USA. A recognized center of excellence for training Wind Energy technicians the center’s facilities provide us with everything we need to ensure we deliver best-in-class training to our regular cohorts. The center is proud to have launched and nurtured many careers in the wind sector. The center also boasts a mobile training unit which enables us to deliver onsite training at applicable sites in the vicinity.

Texas itself is widely recognized as one of the USA’s premier wind energy states. Texas dominates wind energy production with wind accounting for 15% of electricity produced, surpassing coal in 2018. Texas has an enviable location with vast wind resources in West Texas and the Panhandle, which account for most of the state’s wind-generating capacity. texas is responsible for a large chunk of the stellar growth of the sector across the USA, the output is nearly double in other states and this means many jobs are created.

All in all, it’s one of the best places to train!

Find out more by contacting us, just click here.

GWO training center Iowa.

Our GWO training centre Iowa is a truly world class facility. In fact we’re very lucky that all our locations are widely recognised as some of the best in the USA. This week we shine a spotlight on Iowa, looking at the courses and facilities available for our trainee technicians.

 

Our GWO training centre Iowa is run in partnership with Iowa Lakes community college. It is recognised as one of the best wind energy training centres in the country. The training center is home to a host of facilities including climbing structures, fall arrest ladders, evacuation hatches and various lecture rooms.

 

GWO training centre Iowa

Facilities in detail

The Building; Roof Height 30’ X Width 50’ X Depth 50’

Climbing Structure Height 25’ and one Platform at other end.

2 Fall arrest ladders. (Wind Energy, Telecoms & Industrial Use)

Evacuation Hatch (Wind Energy Use)

20’ Edge Negations for Rope Access and Wind Energy Evacuation.

Training Rooms X 1. With Projector

Services

Open plan Seating Area

Men’s Restrooms

Women’s Restrooms

Vending Machine

Smoking area External to the building

 

 

Courses

We offer the full suite of GWO training courses at our GWO training center in Iowa. Including modules for both the Basic Safety Standard and Basic Technical Standard. Including:

  • Working at Height
  • Manual Handling
  • First Aid
  • Fire Awareness

Training is managed and delivered by our highly qualified team.

What to expect

First and foremost you can expect a warm welcome at our GWO training center Iowa. Second you can expect to find yourself in the midst of one of the USA’s premier training facilities. As well as hosting our accredited courses the center also offers the nation’s first Associate in Applied Science Degree in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology. Starting in 2004, Iowa Lakes has been a leader in delivering training and education to meet a rapidly growing demand for operations and maintenance (O&M) technicians across the country and abroad.

In January 2011, Iowa Lakes was one of the first three programs nationwide to earn the American Wind Energy Association’s Seal of Approval for Wind Turbine Service Technician Programs, It truly is a mecca for wind energy. But don’t just take our word for it this is from a former student:

Because of Iowa Lakes’s Wind program having so much prestige in the wind industry, we had a lot of wind companies come in and meet with us. This allowed us to have great job opportunities once we graduated. Without Iowa Lakes I would not have the career I do now.”

We’re super proud to call this home in Iowa for our GWO training if you’d like to find out more about the full range of courses on offer get in touch via the button below.

 

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