Wednesday 25th October 2017
We are pleased to announce that, at long last, we have secured acceptance for our workboat crewmember apprenticeship in the new ‘Trailblazer’ format. This format attracts a higher level of government funding and will enable you to receive additional funding to train new crews for our industry in the future.
Our hard-working Training and Trailblazer group will now get down to work to design and secure approval for the final End Point Assessment process for this apprenticeship, which also needs to be approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships, before the first course can be enrolled.
However, all being well, we should see the first of these courses take place in Q2 2018. Further details and a full launch of the scheme will be announced in due course. For further information in the meantime, please contact the Secretary.
In advance of our AGM last Friday (19th), we held the latest meeting of our Safety Forum on Thursday afternoon. The forum – rescheduled from November – included its usual safety pause, and covered a number of pertinent issues including near miss reporting and accident statistics. It also provided an opportunity to recap on some of the key themes from last year’s events and consider how the programme will look in 2018.
The G+ has now released the revised 2nd edition of its Good practice guideline: the safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry. The publication has been made available for download via the Energy Institute website.
2017 was another busy year for the NWA – and its Secretary! - as we continued to push forward with important initiatives in the areas of training and vessel safety, while grappling with a number of legislative and regulatory issues affecting our membership.