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Specialist in Water Technology
The Hidden Champions

Organizer: German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste in co-operation with BIBB, UNESCO-UNEVOC, WorldSkills Germany (WSG)

Date: Thursday, 4 July

The Conference "Water Operators – The Hidden Champions?" on July 4th 2013 introduced career opportunities in the water sector. International speakers discussed the needed qualifications, as well as how the education and training coud be improved.

For further information and agenda of the conference, please visit DWA’s website

Agenda for the day:

09:00 – 13:00 Visit Demo Skill – Water Technology – at Stanley Hall
13:00 Welcome
Robert Schmidt, Board of Directors, DWA, Munich, Germany 
Ruediger Heidebrecht, Head of Department Training and international Cooperation, DWA, Hennef, Germany
13:30 Introduction to the world water sector 
Kirsten de Vette, IWA, Den Haag, The Netherlands
13:50 Greening TVET – environmental changes needed – a world perspective 
Shyamal Majumdar, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Bonn, Germany (tbc)
14:15 WorldSkills Germany – The new WorldSkills discipline “Water Technology”, promoting vocational qualification in the water sector around the world. 
Elfi Klumpp, Managing Board Member WorldSkills Germany, Denkendorf, Germany
14:40 The German Occupations in the water and waste sector – 29 years experiences. 
Marion Krampe, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Bonn, Germany
15:00 Break
15:30 The German Water Operators – Education and Skills Competition/IFAT 
Dr. Andreas Lenz, GWP Working Group and Bavarian Administrative School, Munich, Germany
15:50 Water Training around the world 
Ruediger Heidebrecht, Head of Department Training and international Cooperation, DWA, Hennef, Germany
16:10 WEFTEC/USA - 25 years of Operator Challenges 
Steve Harrison, WEF-Coordinator Ops Challenge, Alexandria, USA (tbc)
16:30 Global Water Operators Partnership 
Faraj El-Awar, UNW-DPC & GWOPA/UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya
16:50 BMBF Research project TransRisk – New Technology needs new training content 
Prof. Dr. Manuela Niethammer, Ulrike Krauße Technical University Dresden
17:15 Discussion (30 Minutes): Water Treatment Technology – a development and future orientated WorldSkills competition discipline? What can we do to promote and accelerate the qualification of our hidden champions?