Castrol has launched a new wind academy that aims to address what it says is a critical skills shortage in the sector.
The UK-based lubricant provider claims that demand for technicians and site managers within the industry is set to triple in the next 3-4 years.
The academy is a multi-channel training programme designed to
up-skill wind energy operations and maintenance (O&M) technician
teams with the latest insights, technologies, processes and examples of
how best practices in O&M can improve operational efficiency,
equipment life and profitability, Castrol said.
Aimed at technicians with 5 years’ experience or less, the Academy is a capability building programme for technicians and site managers.
It is made up of online programmes, seminars, webinars and face to face training sessions
The course consists of three stages, the first of which is an online training course to educate technicians on Wind O&M basics, from gearbox and drive train technologies to predictive maintenance.
The second stage sees advanced topics taught via a virtual class and the third, an in-person training session on site.
On completion of the course, technicians will be awarded a certification by the Castrol Wind Academy.
Castrol & BP Lubricants chief marketing officer and global VP of marketing S Ramchander said: “The Castrol Wind Academy has been launched in response to the core challenges being faced in the industry and to directly address wind energy’s skills shortage.
“The Academy aims to empower operations teams to effectively support the growth of the industry through education, certification and best practice.”
Castrol Lubricants global marketing offer development manager Charudatta Joshi said: “the Castrol Wind Academy pilot course was very successful and, building on a collaborative development process, we are now looking forward to welcoming our first intake of technician teams into the Academy course.”