Frequently asked questions

1. Who can enter the GWO Safety & Training Awards?

The Awards are only open to teams and individuals employed by, or contracted to, GWO certified training providers.

1. Who can enter the GWO Safety & Training Awards?

The Awards are only open to teams and individuals employed by, or contracted to, GWO certified training providers.

2. When is the deadline to submit my entry to the GWO Safety & Training Awards 2024?

The submission period for entries begins on February 6th and closes on April 30th 2024.

2. When is the deadline to submit my entry to the GWO Safety & Training Awards 2024?

The submission period for entries begins on February 6th and closes on April 30th 2024.

3. We are a recently certified GWO training provider, can we enter the awards?

The Safety & Training Awards are only open to GWO certified training providers certified before 31st December 2023.

3. We are a recently certified GWO training provider, can we enter the awards?

The Safety & Training Awards are only open to GWO certified training providers certified before 31st December 2023.

4. I cannot complete my submission for the Safety and Training Awards.

This could be for various reasons, but a common problem is entrants forgetting to verify their email address. Check your email inbox to see if you have received a verification email from GWO and that you have replied to it. If you continue to have problems, contact comms@globalwindsafety.org and we’ll reply as soon as possible.

4. I cannot complete my submission for the Safety and Training Awards.

This could be for various reasons, but a common problem is entrants forgetting to verify their email address. Check your email inbox to see if you have received a verification email from GWO and that you have replied to it. If you continue to have problems, contact comms@globalwindsafety.org and we’ll reply as soon as possible.

5. Instructor of the Year Award: How does it work?

Introduction of the Instructor of the Year Award in 2024 aims to globally recognize exceptional instructors. The process for determining the winners is outlined below:

a. Upon completion of a course at your training centre, Course Participants have the opportunity to nominate their instructors after completing their participant survey in WINDA.

b. GWO will curate a list featuring the top-nominated instructors, considering both the quantity of nominations and the quality of recommendations.

c. Between May 1st and 17th, the training centre will receive an email requesting completion of five questions to officially accept the nomination within a two week period.

d. To aid them in their evaluation the external judging panel will receive information provided by the training provider, including noteworthy comments from participants.

e. Regional winners will be selected by the judging panel based on their assessments.

f. Shortlisted candidates will be notified during August.

g. Winners will be announced during the Safety & Training Awards Ceremony on October 9th in the United States.

5. Instructor of the Year Award: How does it work?

Introduction of the Instructor of the Year Award in 2024 aims to globally recognize exceptional instructors. The process for determining the winners is outlined below:

a. Upon completion of a course at your training centre, Course Participants have the opportunity to nominate their instructors after completing their participant survey in WINDA.

b. GWO will curate a list featuring the top-nominated instructors, considering both the quantity of nominations and the quality of recommendations.

c. Between May 1st and 17th, the training centre will receive an email requesting completion of five questions to officially accept the nomination within a two week period.

d. To aid them in their evaluation the external judging panel will receive information provided by the training provider, including noteworthy comments from participants.

e. Regional winners will be selected by the judging panel based on their assessments.

f. Shortlisted candidates will be notified during August.

g. Winners will be announced during the Safety & Training Awards Ceremony on October 9th in the United States.

6. Where can course participants nominate an instructor?

Course participants will shortly be encouraged to nominate their instructors when they complete their WINDA feedback survey.

You can also create QR codes for participants to nominate following this link: https://forms.monday.com/forms/c7f0f669a061382d3aa83f43e6e97a91?r=use1

6. Where can course participants nominate an instructor?

Course participants will shortly be encouraged to nominate their instructors when they complete their WINDA feedback survey.

You can also create QR codes for participants to nominate following this link: https://forms.monday.com/forms/c7f0f669a061382d3aa83f43e6e97a91?r=use1

7. My company has training facilities in multiple continents. How should we apply for Training Team of the Year?

Irrespective of how many facilities a business operates, there is a single Training Team of the Year application process. Training teams from different facilities may apply individually (entering single submissions- see below) or collectively. This is a business decision as there is no limit on the number of entries.

After the submission period, all the entries will be divided into regional groups for judging. Each region will have a Training Team of the Year regional winner. Applications with outstanding scores in an individual assessment criterion (for example: ‘Contribution to Community & Industry’) may be considered, by the judging panel, for a ‘Highly Commended’ award.

7. My company has training facilities in multiple continents. How should we apply for Training Team of the Year?

Irrespective of how many facilities a business operates, there is a single Training Team of the Year application process. Training teams from different facilities may apply individually (entering single submissions- see below) or collectively. This is a business decision as there is no limit on the number of entries.

After the submission period, all the entries will be divided into regional groups for judging. Each region will have a Training Team of the Year regional winner. Applications with outstanding scores in an individual assessment criterion (for example: ‘Contribution to Community & Industry’) may be considered, by the judging panel, for a ‘Highly Commended’ award.

8. Can we create more than one submission for Training Team of the Year?

You can, providing each submission represents either a different training facility (with a different address) or a different instructor team at a single training facility.

For example, a GWO training provider/company operating more than one site may enter the same award for each site but may not enter the competition as a collective entity.  Please note multi-site entries will be considered separately.  For example; if Company A holds facilities in multiple locations (A1, A2, A3, A4) Company A may not participate collectively as a single entity: only as companies A1, A2, A3 and A4 individually

8. Can we create more than one submission for Training Team of the Year?

You can, providing each submission represents either a different training facility (with a different address) or a different instructor team at a single training facility.

For example, a GWO training provider/company operating more than one site may enter the same award for each site but may not enter the competition as a collective entity.  Please note multi-site entries will be considered separately.  For example; if Company A holds facilities in multiple locations (A1, A2, A3, A4) Company A may not participate collectively as a single entity: only as companies A1, A2, A3 and A4 individually

9. Is submitting easy?

In the Training Team of the Year Category, there are 10 questions. Three on contact and entrant information and seven free responses questions where entrants can tell us about their success based on the four criteria. The entry form ends with entrants giving further reason on, 'why we should win'. All the free response questions have a 200-word total maximum count. Entries should be specific to GWO safety standards training courses and participants rather than any other training also carried out by the entrant.

9. Is submitting easy?

In the Training Team of the Year Category, there are 10 questions. Three on contact and entrant information and seven free responses questions where entrants can tell us about their success based on the four criteria. The entry form ends with entrants giving further reason on, 'why we should win'. All the free response questions have a 200-word total maximum count. Entries should be specific to GWO safety standards training courses and participants rather than any other training also carried out by the entrant.

10. What supporting materials should we provide?

A good award entry includes supporting material. For example, if you have created a unique method of delivering training, it would be helpful to provide the judges with documentation of how it works and what the benefits are. For example, did you achieve improvements in learning? If so, how did you measure them? Do you have any customer recommendations you would like to share? There is a place in the application to upload relevant documentation.

10. What supporting materials should we provide?

A good award entry includes supporting material. For example, if you have created a unique method of delivering training, it would be helpful to provide the judges with documentation of how it works and what the benefits are. For example, did you achieve improvements in learning? If so, how did you measure them? Do you have any customer recommendations you would like to share? There is a place in the application to upload relevant documentation.

11. Young Achiever Award: Who should apply?

The Young Achiever Award spotlights exceptional individuals in your organization who are under the age of 30. We invite nominations for outstanding contributors such as instructors, business development professionals, or any young person within the wind industry who is leaving a lasting impact in your organization.

Consider submitting a video for this category to provide the judges with a deeper insight into your personality and passion. Although videos are not mandatory, they serve as a valuable medium for showcasing your dedication. Please note that the production quality of the video is not a significant factor; a recording made with your phone can be sufficient to make a compelling submission.

11. Young Achiever Award: Who should apply?

The Young Achiever Award spotlights exceptional individuals in your organization who are under the age of 30. We invite nominations for outstanding contributors such as instructors, business development professionals, or any young person within the wind industry who is leaving a lasting impact in your organization.

Consider submitting a video for this category to provide the judges with a deeper insight into your personality and passion. Although videos are not mandatory, they serve as a valuable medium for showcasing your dedication. Please note that the production quality of the video is not a significant factor; a recording made with your phone can be sufficient to make a compelling submission.

12. Young Achiever Award: Can I participate if I’m already 30?

The answer is yes! As long as you are under the age of 30 at the time of entering the competition, you are eligible to apply. Go ahead and share your story and accomplishments with us!

12. Young Achiever Award: Can I participate if I’m already 30?

The answer is yes! As long as you are under the age of 30 at the time of entering the competition, you are eligible to apply. Go ahead and share your story and accomplishments with us!

13. Can I nominate a colleague for Young Achiever Award?

Certainly! Feel free to nominate a colleague for the Young Achiever Award. We welcome nominations from colleagues who wish to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of their peers. When submitting a nomination, go beyond simply listing achievements – share compelling stories that vividly illustrate the nominee's impact and journey. Narrate their success in a way that captivates and resonates, allowing the judging panel to truly understand and appreciate the unique qualities that make your colleague deserving of the Young Achiever Award. Your narrative storytelling will help paint a more vivid and compelling picture of their achievements.

13. Can I nominate a colleague for Young Achiever Award?

Certainly! Feel free to nominate a colleague for the Young Achiever Award. We welcome nominations from colleagues who wish to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of their peers. When submitting a nomination, go beyond simply listing achievements – share compelling stories that vividly illustrate the nominee's impact and journey. Narrate their success in a way that captivates and resonates, allowing the judging panel to truly understand and appreciate the unique qualities that make your colleague deserving of the Young Achiever Award. Your narrative storytelling will help paint a more vivid and compelling picture of their achievements.

16. What happens after I submit my entry?

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement email from GWO outlining the next steps. As a first step entries will be screened by GWO to ensure they are complete and fulfil the competition regulations. After this, a judging panel of external HSE experts will rate the entries. The shortlisted training teams, young achievers and instructor of the year will be announced on social media. Winners will be announced at the Safety & Training Awards Ceremony on October 9th in the United States.

16. What happens after I submit my entry?

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement email from GWO outlining the next steps. As a first step entries will be screened by GWO to ensure they are complete and fulfil the competition regulations. After this, a judging panel of external HSE experts will rate the entries. The shortlisted training teams, young achievers and instructor of the year will be announced on social media. Winners will be announced at the Safety & Training Awards Ceremony on October 9th in the United States.

17. How does the assessment process work?

Entries are judged by our panel of industry experts. For the Training Team of the Year Award the assessment criteria have equal weight in the judging process. The judging period finishes in early July.

17. How does the assessment process work?

Entries are judged by our panel of industry experts. For the Training Team of the Year Award the assessment criteria have equal weight in the judging process. The judging period finishes in early July.

18. What are the assessment criteria for the 2024 Safety & Training Awards?

The GWO Safety & Training Awards recognises outstanding work by the GWO training centres based on these criteria:

• Instructor Development: A commitment to ongoing professional development and staying current with the industry’s developments as well as GWO Standards & Requirements. This could include attending conferences, participating in GWO pilots and staying informed about the latest developments in teaching skills.

• Learning Environment & Scenario Training: Describe how you’ve designed your training environment to represent the technicians’ work environment. Describe how you use equipment, facilities, specialist areas and landscapes to design practical training scenarios that represent the technicians’ work environment. How do you accommodate the different learning needs and requirements of your students?

• Contribution to the Community & Industry: Share example of your participation in industry initiatives. What initiatives aimed at promoting workforce development are you part of?

18. What are the assessment criteria for the 2024 Safety & Training Awards?

The GWO Safety & Training Awards recognises outstanding work by the GWO training centres based on these criteria:

• Instructor Development: A commitment to ongoing professional development and staying current with the industry’s developments as well as GWO Standards & Requirements. This could include attending conferences, participating in GWO pilots and staying informed about the latest developments in teaching skills.

• Learning Environment & Scenario Training: Describe how you’ve designed your training environment to represent the technicians’ work environment. Describe how you use equipment, facilities, specialist areas and landscapes to design practical training scenarios that represent the technicians’ work environment. How do you accommodate the different learning needs and requirements of your students?

• Contribution to the Community & Industry: Share example of your participation in industry initiatives. What initiatives aimed at promoting workforce development are you part of?

14. Should I only include information from 2023/4 in my entry?

We assume that entrants will send us their most relevant information showing us why they are winners. Stronger entries will highlight current practices, recent successes and demonstrable impact while avoiding old stories and distant possibilities. However, great events in the recent past or defined plans can still be relevant if they are displayed in a way to show how they help your business win.

14. Should I only include information from 2023/4 in my entry?

We assume that entrants will send us their most relevant information showing us why they are winners. Stronger entries will highlight current practices, recent successes and demonstrable impact while avoiding old stories and distant possibilities. However, great events in the recent past or defined plans can still be relevant if they are displayed in a way to show how they help your business win.

15. Is our training outside of wind safety relevant for the Awards?

We prefer entries that focus on the delivery of wind industry-related training. The focus of all entries should be delivery of GWO certified training.

15. Is our training outside of wind safety relevant for the Awards?

We prefer entries that focus on the delivery of wind industry-related training. The focus of all entries should be delivery of GWO certified training.

19. When will we find out about the status of our entry for a GWO Safety & Training Award?

The shortlist will be announced after judging is finished at the end of August. You will be contacted at this point about next steps.

19. When will we find out about the status of our entry for a GWO Safety & Training Award?

The shortlist will be announced after judging is finished at the end of August. You will be contacted at this point about next steps.

20. When does the GWO Safety & Training Awards 2024 Ceremony take place?

The awards will take place at a ceremony in October 2024 in the United States.

To be notified when registration opens click here

20. When does the GWO Safety & Training Awards 2024 Ceremony take place?

The awards will take place at a ceremony in October 2024 in the United States.

To be notified when registration opens click here