We empower young
EJWP leverages the talent and dedication of junior water professionals over a total programme time of 8 weeks. Participants typically spend one day per week on the programme throughout the course. During the time between the quarterly training weeks hosted by their different organisations, participants work on a project for 8 days.
EJWP’s specialists provide training on competences including:
- Personal & communication development
- Co-creation strategies and evaluation
- Project and self management
- Leadership and pro-active strategies
- Future century skills for sustainability
Participants build their networks and working relationships with each other, while co-creating solutions in projects with their teammate colleagues from around Europe. And every three months, all participants come together for a training week facilitated by one of our participating organisations (meeting conditions subject to the local Covid-19 safety guidelines).
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‘In EJWP, I feel like we’re building a cross-European network which will be valuable towards the creation of one European water sector. It fosters my job’s objectives, laying the foundations for more collaboration in research and development, also for the exchange of best practices in sustainable implementation,’ Loïc Charpentier, participant in EJWP Group 1.
Join us now in the European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) for a two-year, part-time programme building networks and co-creation skills for success!
EJWP is open to organizations that are working in the water sector, or directly with issues related to water resources.
Examples of organizations include;
- water-focused companies and associations (in technology, infrastructure or cooperation),
- research and education institutions,
- governmental institutions (central, regional and local),
- agricultural organizations with a prominent water component,
- industrial water users
- and NGOs.
Joining EJWP without working with a water-sector organization is unfortunately not possible, because our program is designed to simultaneously benefit young professionals and their organizations. We support leadership and cooperation skills of young people currently working in the water business, to support the overall strength of the European Water sector. We do however invite everyone to follow us on social media, and to keep posted on our future events that may lead to future cooperation.
Our ideal group has between 8 and 12 participants. Note that the programme requires each participating organization to host one training week in their country. In the 2 years of programme, there are 8 training weeks that can be hosted by 8 different participant organizations/countries. Also, to help ensure diversity of our participants, an organization or a country can have maximum of 2 participants per EJWP group. We can start multiple groups per year. Each year, all of our groups meet as a community during the Water Innovation Week in Brussels.
Yes. The EJWP is open to PhD candidates and junior professionals in the water sector, up to about 35 years of age. Participants who are working on their PhD should be able to dedicate the required amount of time to EJWP activities, cover the participation fees, be able to organize and host one EJWP training week in their country.
Projects are designed by the participating organizations together with the EJWP. The topics of the projects can be from technical to social, from research to practical implementation, or market scan. Selections depend on the local requests of the organization and which projects are of added value for participating organizations. For an overview of projects check the library.
Participants are required to spend approximately 8 work days on assignments between the training weeks, amounting to about 1 day per week. This includes group project work, individual tasks within the project, and attending online masterclasses provided by EJWP. For participants who are organizing their hosting week, we normally require some extra time for logistical and content support (booking working rooms, field visits, hotels, and meals).
Establishing the order of the training weeks hosted by participating organization is a collaborative process between EJWP staff and hosting organizations. This takes place prior to the start of the programme as a result of intakes with all participating organizations and their young professional. EJWP takes into consideration the preferences of the participating organizations in terms of period, content provided, and logistical arrangements. We allow for an amount of flexibility during the 2 years, should changes in the order or content of the training weeks be required.
Yes. The EJWP strives to include all regions of Europe (not only EU), and aims to have a diverse representation in each of our training groups. During the selection process, extra efforts go towards including countries with traditionally low representation in European projects or in a specific group of EJWP.
We design each course group to fit the aims and needs of participating young professionals and organizations. A portion of the total cost of the programme for a participant and their organization depends on the activities and related logistics which are agreed upon at enrollment. There is an amount of €7.500 per year for the tuition of each participant. To be added are costs of transportation for participants to meet in the different countries, and expenses related to an organization that hosts a training week one time during the programme, including hotels for participants, meeting venue, meal catering etc. Please contact EJWP for a cost estimate.