Worley, leading global provider of professional project and asset services in the energy, chemicals, and resources sectors, has entered into an agreement with safety training specialists RelyOn Nutec.

This move will allow Worley to expand their current training facility in Great Yarmouth, which is home to their operations and maintenance wind energy division. The facility will offer an enhanced range of training courses to their own team of wind technicians, individuals looking to join the industry, and new and existing customers within the offshore and renewables sectors.    

Leading global safety training firm, RelyOn Nutec, has been delivering GWO (Global Wind Organisation) training at its Teesside centre since 2014 and introduced the accredited training at its Aberdeen centre in 2020, which highlighted a move towards expanding its renewables training offering in addition to traditional oil & gas safety courses.  The investment in the new training academy will see the firm expand its GWO footprint into the south east of England to support existing customers.

Industry recognised GWO (Global Wind Organisation) training will continue to be delivered from the facility. Worley will provide technical training and RelyOn Nutec will deliver safety and competency programmes. This combined course content will provide delegates with a comprehensive training experience from a team of subject matter experts.

Joint enhancement plans include significant investment of new technical equipment for delivery of courses such as Avanti, Hiab, Skyman, Palfinger, Demag, Skyman, Goracon, PSSR alongside enhanced learning solutions - including the digital delivery of Basic Safety Training (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT).

This collaboration also provides new local employment opportunities to the training team, and it is estimated the facility will train up to 2000 delegates in the first year.

Worley’s Operations Director for Wind Energy, Alex Baker, said: “Worley is well established in the offshore wind sector and we’re excited to launch a differentiator to the market. 

“The development and digitization of both RelyOn Nutec’s core safety training alongside Worley’s technical training will enhance our inhouse training capability, technician competency, and standardisation of solutions to our long-standing customers.”

 For RelyOn Nutec, this facility will act as their East Anglia Training Hub and they will manage training delivery through their existing suite of digital systems.

RelyOn Nutec (UK) Managing Director, Bob Donnelly, said: “RelyOn Nutec has a proven track record providing best-in-class training, applications and services in offshore wind environments. Together, we are uniquely positioned to provide the marketplace with an offering that both leverages our individual expertise and maximises our combined strength as end-to-end solutions providers.

“Great Yarmouth is the first step on RelyOn Nutec’s journey to further expand our GWO footprint across the UK and it was strategically selected as one of the key areas with existing technician requirements. The UK is the epicentre for technical development in renewables so as a leader in safety training, we must be at the forefront of working towards safety standardisation in the renewables industry.”

RelyOn Nutec has over 33 training centres worldwide including two in the UK, in Aberdeen and Teesside, which have 39 and 17 employees respectively.       

Earlier this year the Offshore Wind Industry Council published new research estimating that the number of people working in direct and indirect jobs in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry is set to rise significantly, from 26,000 currently to over 69,800 by 2026.  It also stated that the private sector was set to invest £60.8bn across the UK over the next five years in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind projects as the industry expands rapidly to help the Government to achieve its net zero emissions goal.

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