This year, the World Plumbing Council (WPC) Chairman, Sudhakaran Nair, announced the launch of the WPC Education and Training Scholarship Program for 2014.
“2014 is the first year that two scholarship opportunities have been offered by the World Plumbing Council, ”Nair said. “The Scholarships provide an opportunity to increase global awareness of the contribution that plumbing has made to global health and the environment and this year, 2014 sees the introduction of a scholarship program designed specifically for developing and least developed countries in addition to the WPC Scholarship introduced in 2003, which boasts many successful applicants, who having travelled to many parts of the world in their quest for knowledge.”
Nair went on to say that he was particularly proud to announce the new scholarship program which would be known as WPC Scholarship for Least Developed and Developing Countries –Exclusively supported by IPA. He said that this was a great opportunity for WPC and IPA to assist people to access fresh water and sanitation in the least developed and developing countries through plumbing education and training and the creation of a plumbing knowledge base for future generations.
Nair invited personnel involved in the plumbing industry to make an application for these rewarding and educational industry scholarship programs. Each of the scholarships provides up to $10,000 in funding to travel to another country or countries to share innovative ideas and techniques. The scholarships are intended to provide for an educational exchange between countries focusing on plumbing industry training, while at the same time exposing the participants to new technologies and innovations in training systems. They also provide an opportunity to increase awareness of the contribution that plumbing has made to global health and the environment.
Nair stated, “The enhanced scholarship program now offered by the World Plumbing Council was a significant step towards achieving its mission, to promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment, by uniting the World Plumbing Industry for the benefit of all.”
The WPC Scholarship program provides the opportunity to live and work within the culture of another country, providing the chance to learn another language and develop friendships. Successful applicants are encouraged to focus on the following areas during their scholarship program:
- Identification of emerging vocational training needs and trends
- Plumbing training & education to address the environment and sustainability issues
- The value of water efficiency to the community and the plumbing industry
- How does plumbing training or lack of training affect public health in a country or region?
Applications must be sent to the council secretariat by July 31.