Boston Energy Wind Power Services are proud to be partnering with Community College of Rhode Island as a consultant for their new training program which will prepare Rhode Islanders to begin their careers in offshore wind.

Governor Dan McKee, along with offshore wind joint-venture partners Ørsted and Eversource, announced a collaborative partnership with higher education, labor and workforce development organizations, to prepare Rhode Island’s offshore wind workforce.

The partnership, together with the Community College of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Commerce, the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council and Building Futures, will be supported by $1 million from Revolution Wind, Ørsted and Eversource’s offshore wind project for Rhode Island and Connecticut.

CCRI has engaged Rhode Island-based Boston Energy, which will serve as a consultant in the facility retrofitting, equipment purchasing, instructor training, and GWO accreditation.

Work will begin on the GWO Basic Safety Training program curriculum and facility build-out this fall. Using their existing facilities, this training center will include, among other things, the pool to simulate offshore conditions for sea survival training, and 30-foot-tall structures where students will learn safe climbing practices and rope techniques.

The training partnership will establish the State’s first Global Wind Organization (GWO) training certificate program at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Flanagan campus in Lincoln. GWO training – the international standard for offshore wind safety training – provides essential safety training for workers engaged in offshore wind farm construction and operations. Workers enrolled in the program will receive training in first aid, manual handling, fire awareness, working at heights, and sea survival.

Julian Cattermole, Director of Energy, says: “I am delighted to announce this fantastic partnership with Community College of Rhode Island. We are very excited for the opportunities this will open up to those wishing to get into the wind industry including military veterans, college leavers and others with transferable skillsets from associated industries.

“At Boston Energy, we pride ourselves in supporting those making their start in the wind industry and providing the necessary training needed whether they are transitioning from the military or they are just getting started with their career.

We are looking forward to seeing what the new program brings and further supporting the onshore and offshore wind market.”

(Sources: Revolution Wind.)