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EMERGENCY RESPONSE


FEATURE SPONSOR


MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TRAINING APPROACH


INDUSTRY TRAINING SERVICES DEMAND GROWS


Leading industrial trainer, AIS is experiencing huge demand for wind services as its reputation for response and bespoke training within the renewable energy sector grows.


With UK wide coverage AIS’s multi-million pound Renewable Energy Training Centres of Excellence in North Shields and Grimsby are now seeing unprecedented levels of delegates. Most are coming through the companies GWO and RUK wind industry training packages as large projects in the UK and Europe grab headlines.


INVESTMENT


Queen’s Award-winner, AIS has invested heavily in these state-of-the-art facilities, which are purpose-built for the wind industry’s requirements. As well as climbing and rescue platforms, vertical fall-arrest safety systems and evacuation hatches the company has also developed a mock nacelle to enable delegates to train in more advanced rescues. In addition the company has new technical engineering facilities ready for the release of the new GWO Basic Technical Training Standards, due to be released later this quarter.


WORKING WITH INDUSTRY AIS is working with many windfarm owners and operators to plan and deliver competency training and have a number of preferred supplier framework agreements in place.


Many Round 3 farms will involve helicopter transfer, meaning long emergency response times as are already experienced in oil & gas. It is imperative that project team members can deal with emergencies if and when they occur. A multi-disciplinary training approach including drills and scenario based exercises ensures that employees can think on their feet and cope with any eventuality.


Renewable Energy Specialist, Alison Isbister, believes that the company’s success is down to its unrivalled industry relationships and ability to deliver above and beyond the expected. She said: “We have forged strong links with some of the industry’s biggest players to deliver tailored training programmes for their employees. Our ability to understand the nature of their business and respond quickly to their needs ensures that we are often the first point of call for any training requirements.


“Often for larger companies with a large number of employees, it can be a logistical nightmare to organise multiple training courses. To help we offer multi- site delivery, weekend training, onsite training and help with planning.


“We can also deliver training at short notice on weather days, enabling employees who can’t transfer onto projects to practice key skills, emergency evacuations and identify any potential risks in procedure.”


EMERGENCY RESPONSE SKILLS & EXPERTISE


Specifically the company is working closely with industry to deliver the skilled and competent workers required to meet industry objectives and the needs of tomorrow’s workforce.


Unlike the oil & gas industry the wind sector is still growing in maturity. Skills and competencies are constantly changing and developing. Using their vast experience in oil & gas, AIS is helping the industry shape standards by developing courses and involving key industry players in proposed changes and pilot projects.


Emergency Response, Advanced Rescue and First Aid training is particularly important as offshore and onshore windfarms become more remote and logistically challenging.


The facilities feature a ten metre tall PUMA helicopter simulator to provide realistic simulated heli-deck fire-fighting scenarios, as well as purpose-built structures that mirror some of the internal structures present on an offshore installation. Within these facilities, students experience the heat and smoke conditions of a real offshore fire.


AIS also offers a life-saving four day Advanced First Aid and Incident Management Course. Highly experienced rescue instructors and paramedics deliver scenario based training which gives learners advanced skills and the confidence and ability to manage an emergency situation.


MULTI-LOCATIONS AND FACILITIES AROUND THE UK


The leading training company now has four world-leading training facilities across the UK in…


• Newcastle • Aberdeen • Grimsby • Huddersfield


State-of-the-art facilities offered in one location include…


• World-class 12 acre industrial training village


• Offshore survival pool • Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence


• 30m wind turbine training tower • Emergency Response Facility • Rigging and Lifting Centre • Rope Access Centre • CompEx Electrical Unit • Welding and NDT Centre • Onsite hotel with rooms starting from just £25 per night


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