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    The European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) is the flagship programme and official trade name of H20-people. Registred in 2015, H20-people became active in the public sphere with EJWP, which is its largest initiative in action to date. The H2O-people mission is to enable personal & professional growth through unique programmes aimed at connection of talent to realize potential through all career phases.

    We support the engagement of young professionals and employees to be fulfilled in their roles in creating a new water world together. To do this, we guide, train and challenge our clients with new ideas going out of comfort zones to work on new projects, and enlarge networks to learn how they can collaborate with new people and concepts. This positive emphasis can contribute to talent retention in organisations and within the water sector.

    H20-people is also a collaboration partner designing tailor-made strategies for participation and funding within EU and other collaboration projects. We focus on the human capital element in programs – thus empowering people to develop their potential for generating solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. H20 people is available to enter into small–medium project partnerships to facilitate larger trainings like summer school instruction on water-related topics. Our challenging programs support ambitions of managing a future of natural and technical transformations in the water sector.

    Contact us if your organisation will benefit from tools to create tangible results through training or project partnerships with our dynamic community of human-centric professionals.

    Our philosophy

    Empowering people not only for technical solutions, but also reinforcing human elements of partnerships for social innovation in the water and environmental sector.

    Our programme participants develop a broader scope of professional and personal opportunities, leading to positive impacts in their engagement with organisations that are committed to a better living environment. H20-People structures interaction with participants to create a space for further inspiring exchanges among trainers and the program designers. We apply personalised approaches and follow-up in a commitment to target results. An eye for synergies is developed through pairing the right people with the right expertise to broaden the scope of development.

    We believe in operational partnerships with our participants, and from this connectivity comes a more real potential for participants to contribute to their communities. Our expertise centers on programs that highlight links between the content of participants’ work within the physical environment, to identify optimum paths for projects and personal development.

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      Hands-on experience for development has always been more interesting to me than classroom learning. I began my civil engineering career in a work-study arrangement. My first post was supporting a project manager looking after contract elements, then into project management – until an opportunity came up in 2013 with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) for a position in wastewater networks contracts team. In the past two years, I’ve been working on a dam safety program and how businesses are investing in the future. We have a number of reservoirs in Wales that need investment to ensure their function for the coming years. Many of our risk concerns are driven by climate impacts and their impacts on l…

      In this video from EU Green Week 2021, Jo Bacallo, who is currently contributing to EJWP content, shines a light-hearted humour to engage with experts and policy makers on the serious topic of water pollution. The video focuses on the idea that the different dimensions of our planet are ailing and complaining with human-like emotions. As a result, the question is asked: What would they say to the existing pollutants on top of all the pressures of the pandemic? In this context, Jo advocates that intergenerational and interindustry dialogues on water are more relevant than ever, and results need to be a part of our daily practices both as experts and …

      De Watergroep is the largest drinking water utility in the Flanders, Belgium; and it is one of the EJWP client organizations. Like other partners in the water sector, De Watergroep is facing many of the same conerns with topography as an additional challenge. Their vision includes exploring new technological opportunities to diversify water resources and create more resilient systems. As part of its involvement in the programme, Watergroep presented “Potable Reuse, the New Drinking Water Infrastructure” project to EJWP2 participants, and challenged them to review related concepts using their different backgrounds in the water sector and their innovative thinking. The water sector faces…

      How can the EU better prevent, remedy, monitor, and report on water pollution – and mainstream the zero pollution ambition into all its policy developments? Naomi Timmer moderated an expert online panel on 2 June during EU Green Week to address this question, and to show case videos submitted in the weeks leading up to the session, 'Making waves – young people’s views on water pollution'. Compilation of participants' videos on Zero Water Pollution fo EU Green Week 2021 Ms. Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Environment, European Commission said in the session that young people will be more affected by emerg…

      EJWP is my first networking and training programme of its kind. When I read the outline for EJWP, I thought it was a good idea because it was a group of younger-generation water professionals learning and working in an EU context. As a result, we know more about the countries and organizations, and the young professionals working there. EJWP can be helpful as well for organizations that we come from, through sharing knowledge and better mechanisms for collaboration in the sector. In analysing our projects, and human capital, it’s clear that the water sector needs a continuous flow of new skills. I studied Environmental Engineering at Federico II University in Naples, Italy. Since May 2018, I…

      Joining EJWP was the right move for me because I’ve always been interested in the social aspects of water. I responded to a call within my company to participate, and was happy to be chosen. Our activities and trainings broaden my view on water problems and how they’re dealt with on a European scale. We have similar issues in Belgium, and I really see the need to cooperate more with our counterparts in neighbouring countries. I’m originally from Belgium, with a bachelor’s in environmental engineering, masters in water resources engineering with studies in sociology, and a PhD in water quality modelling. Before finishing my PhD, I saw an opportunity with the largest drinking water utility of …
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