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Team Spotlight: GWO Training Instructor Sarah Dunne

Consistently receiving five-star reviews, 3t GWO training instructor Sarah Dunne always delivers for delegates.

Sarah joined 3t (previously known as AIS Survivex) three years ago and is our Newcastle-based GWO instructor teaching the full range of basic safety courses, as well as first aid and enhanced first aid.

3t instructor in a navy t-shirt in front of the GWO wind training centre.

Here’s just a small selection of outstanding delegate feedback, we’ve received for Sarah recently:

“Sarah was a great instructor and made the course engaging with lots of practical scenarios. Definitely one of the best first aid courses I have been on.”

“Excellent course, very well given by Sarah. Came away feeling much more confident in a first aid situation.”

“Sarah is an excellent instructor and very informative. She has an in-depth knowledge of what she was instructing.”

“Sarah was amazing, best tuition I’ve ever had.”

3t instructor with a neon helmet standing on a blue and yellow working at height skills frame.

Sarah has been in the education and training sector all her working career, starting out as a freelance outdoor instructor teaching everything from climbing to paddle boarding and kayaking at outdoor centres all over the UK and abroad. As well as outdoor sports, Sarah also delivered compliance training such as first aid, HSE courses and fire awareness.

Born and bred in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, and married with two children, Sarah loves teaching people and seeing them grow in confidence. For a while she worked for the North East Autism Society delivering an outreach education programme to those with autism, before setting up and running her own adventure sports business. Sarah found running her own business all-consuming and was looking for a better work-life balance. Joining 3t proved to be the perfect role!

3t instructor in GWO advanced rescue training structure.

Sarah said:

“I really enjoy my job. Although the training essentially remains the same, the people change every week so every day is different. It’s great getting to know each delegate and identifying how they respond and learn so that I can adapt my methods to ensure everyone gets the most from the training.

“My outdoors instructing background means I can bring lots of relevant experience to delegates to give them more insight. After all, rescuing someone from a remote mountain crag uses all the same skills as rescuing someone from the top of a wind turbine – only the equipment varies.

“We have a fantastic team here at 3t, everyone supports each other and it’s a really lovely place to work.

“Being a female in a predominantly male environment also makes the role even more rewarding. You can sometimes see the scepticism on the faces of some delegates when they walk in and are greeted by a female instructor running their working at height or rescue type courses. That makes it even more special when you know you’ve changed perceptions and gained trust and respect over the course of the training.”

3t instructor with a neon helmet climbing up a ladder for GWO training.

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It’s predicted that the number of people working in direct and indirect jobs in the UK’s offshore wind industry will increase to over 100,000 by the end of the decade (OWIC June 2023 Offshore Wind Skills Intelligence Report).

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