RPS: New e-Learning to support UK offshore wind industry and speed up consent process



RPS was awarded a training contract on behalf of the high level government and industry forum, the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC). We will develop and deliver a modular offshore wind e-learning package for OWIC as part of the Offshore Wind Pathways to Growth (P2G) work stream.

What is Pathways to Growth?

The Pathways to Growth (P2G) work stream is part of The Offshore Wind Sector Deal – a partnership between industry and the UK government to provide a long-term strategy for offshore wind. reach 40 GW by 2030 and Net Zero by 2050 (2045 in Scotland). He provides leadership, oversight and coordination to improve some of the deployment issues inherent in offshore wind development related to UK licensing (i.e. licensing and permitting) processes. By providing online training for the OWIC, RPS will support the development of the offshore wind industry by providing a deeper understanding of technical, regulatory and environmental challenges.

Related reading: How Industry Training Could Help Solve Global Offshore Wind Bottlenecks

Why is consent so important in offshore wind?

Consent is an essential workflow in the early stages of any offshore wind farm project. Its potential for delay affects developers and project managers, but governments are increasingly aware that delays at the authorization stage are obstacles to achieving the 2030 net zero carbon goals. One solution is to endow decision-makers with better knowledge of the consent process, improving efficiency and removing bottlenecks. To this end, RPS’s training activity will provide OWIC with comprehensive and readily available e-learning tools, ensuring that new employees who are unfamiliar with the consent process and the industry at large can be integrated quickly and act with confidence.

Real experience in the offshore wind industry, combined with high quality training

RPS has spent 20 years at the forefront of the offshore wind industry in the UK, Europe, America, Australia and Asia. We work throughout the life cycle of offshore wind assets, issuing approvals for revolutionary ‘firsts’ such as the world’s largest operational offshore wind farms, Hornsea one, two and three, and the Berwick Bank and Marr Bank projects, which will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farms when completed. We are currently support the bp and EnBW consortium as a leader in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitat Regulation Assessment (HRA) for the development of their concession areas in the Irish Sea.

Our training programs draw on our extensive expertise in the energy sector and our experience in instructional design; We have been providing learning and development solutions for the entire energy industry for over 20 years. We provide technical training to audiences of different skill levels, including those without technical training. This has included recent e-learning packages for a US state government agency and a large national energy company.

Designed to be clear and accessible, our e-learning modules work with major learning management systems and offer a variety of interactive materials. RPS online learning can be offered as part of a blended training program (a combination of instructor-led online and / or in-person training and self-paced learning), and with content and a personalized brand image.

Brian McFarlane, P2G Workflow Manager, SSE Renewables, said: “We chose RPS as a training provider because of its great expertise in offshore wind and the quality of its training. The synergy between a solid educational design and their experience as a trusted advisor and offshore wind service provider is what sets them apart. ‘

We look forward to creating training content for the OWIC as part of this vital project to reduce the bottlenecks in the industry and accelerate the new offshore wind development needed to meet the UK’s net zero carbon goals.

For more information on this project, please contact Alun Williams, Director – Offshore Renewables – [email protected]



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