Wind partnership

OPITO, the leading global safety and skills organization for the energy industry, and the National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI), based at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the terms of which OPITO will work with NOWI to optimize workforce development and provide skills and safety training for the emerging New Bedford Port cluster in South Massachusetts and its pipeline of offshore wind projects

Andy Williamson, Head of Energy Transition at OPITO commented: “OPITO also has more than 50 years of experience operating in the UK, which has created the world’s most active offshore wind market and installed the most capacity globally. We look forward to sharing best practices in training and skills development to optimize the US offshore wind market and create employment opportunities now, and in future.”

Jennifer Menard, VP Economic & Business Development at NOWI added: “The relationship with OPITO is one of several long-term arrangements we are looking to put in place with key players in the offshore wind sector. It will also complement the long-standing relationship we have with our development partner, Maersk Training, as we look to establish the NOWI as the pre-eminent offshore wind workforce development center of excellence on the east coast of the US.”