- Research area
Build and support a sustainable workforce
University of Sheffield
- Research project
Undertaking and activating transfer of non-technical skills safety training to workers in the offshore windfarm sector
- Lead supervisor
- PhD Student
This Research Project is part of the Aura CDT’s Occupational safety and health for offshore windfarm workers (OSHOWW) Cluster.
Safety training is widely acknowledged as an effective way of improving safety at work. Whilst attention has been paid to the technical skills in safety training in the offshore windfarm sector (e.g., offshore wind service technicians, site manager and supervisors, project engineers), little attention has been paid to non-technical skills such as communication and decision-making skills which are equally important in maintaining the safety of technical workers. For example, good communication skills determine how effectively technical workers communicate about safety with their supervisors and peers, raise concerns about safety. Similarly, effectual decision-making can minimise accidents are that are typically caused by poor judgement of risk and unrealistic risk assessment and hazard analysis. Specifically, when technical safety training is delivered to technical workers, it is not clear how non-technical skills are also delivered and how these skills are transferred to the job by the trained worker.
Training transfer refers to the extent to which trained workers apply the skills and knowledge acquired during training once they return to the work setting. As around 40% of trained workers fail to transfer their learning to behaviours immediately after training, training transfer may be an important explanatory mechanism for changes in training outcomes.
This project will identify mechanisms of the transfer of two non-technical skills: communication and decision making and will then design and test the mechanisms of skills transfer to technical workers’ job. The project will also examine how these skills are maintained over time.