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World Plumbing Day – March 11

March 11 is World Plumbing Day.  It is a date that has been fixed on the calendars of the World Plumbing community since its establishment by the WPC in 2010; and is now a fixture on the calendars of political and social institutions across the globe.

The international plumbing community, as represented by the Council, has a vital role in promoting the link between good quality plumbing, health, environmental sustainability and, increasingly, economic prosperity.  A key way the Council promotes that link is through World Plumbing Day.

March 11 is marked by celebrations, competitions, seminars, and activities all around the world.  People from within and outside the plumbing fraternity come together to learn, share knowledge, build connections and find opportunities to collaborate to improve the quality of, and access to, fresh water and safe sanitation.

There are now hundreds of annual World Plumbing Day events, promoting the link between good plumbing sanitation and human and environmental health.  To get involved please contact secretariat@worldplumbing.org

 

World Plumbing Council Triennial Conference

12th World Plumbing Council Triennial Conference

Melbourne – 11-13 September, 2019

 

11th World Plumbing Council Triennial Conference

Cape Town – 15-16 September, 2016

 

10th World Plumbing Council Triennial Conference

New Delhi – 14-15 November, 2013

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WPC General Meeting

WPC General Meeting

The next World Plumbing Council General Meeting will be held on Monday, 13 March 2017 in association with ISH 2017 in the Facette Room in.. Read More →

Scholarship 2012

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Peter Miles, Australia

Applications came from France, the United Kingdom, Ghana, Brazil, Uganda, Australia, India, Canada and the United States. Amazingly, five of the applicants were very close in the scoring with Peter Miles of Australia received the highest score and won the award. Likewise, the other four applicants’ scores were also very close together but significantly lower than the top five. This disparity in the scores prompted some discussion about the applicants’ homeland and the comparative quality of training between developed and developing countries. I will continue this subject later in this piece. Let’s get back to Peter Miles.

Peter is the Head Teacher of Plumbing at the NSW TAFE (Technical and Further Education Commission), Centre of Learning and Innovation, St. Leonard’s Campus, New South Wales, Australia. Over the past five years, Peter has worked on a project to update an existing program for the recognition of prior learning (RPL) for foreign trained plumbers. This is to determine the competency of the plumber and then design the gap training necessary for the plumber to meet the registration and licensing requirements. Peter has implemented this program with students from many foreign lands.

Peter chose to visit England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to further his research and training since the majority of the plumbers with whom he works with, prior to being registered in Australia, come from these countries. His thought was that by visiting the training centers in these countries he would gain first-hand knowledge of both the training and the plumbing practices practiced there. His hope is to be able to draw a comparison of the various training techniques and qualifications of the four countries and to compare them to the Australian methods in order to create a smoother and quicker process of recognition.

In Peter’s report from his visit, he states: “I realized that the world is smaller than I first thought, the similarities are more and the differences are less. I will be making changes to my practices in reflection on what I have learnt through my research of plumbing training and practices throughout the UK and Ireland.”

Peter Miles’ full report, along with reports from other scholarship winners can be found here.

Scholarship 2013

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Lennox Shade,
Trinidad and Tobago

The discussion of the disparity of scores among the many entrants continued at the next few WPC Board meetings with the IPA making an announcement that they wished to exclusively sponsor a second WPC Scholarship for entrants from least developed and developing countries. The details of how this second scholarship will be awarded have been finalized and it will be available for the 2013/2014 award year. A great deal of gratitude must be extended to the IPA for their very generous offer.

Again, we had nine individuals apply for the 2013 Award from six different countries: Canada, Fiji Islands, Brazil, South Africa, Trinidad and the United Kingdom. The scoring results were very similar to last year with the top four entrants grouped very close together, two in the middle range and three at the lower end. Two of the three applicants were from what would be considered least developed or developing countries. Now, with two consecutive years of a great disparity in scores for those applicants from developed with those from developing countries it is very apparent that the gracious offer from our friends at the Indian Plumbing Association will be put to good use and will as we say “level the playing field” for all of the applicants.

This year’s Award went to Lennox Shade from Trinidad. Lennox began his apprenticeship as a plumber in 1975 and has almost 40 years experience in the plumbing and plumbing training fields. He has a Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) and a Masters Degree from Andrews University in the United States. Lennox currently is the Senior Plumbing Instructor at the National Youth Development and Apprenticeship Center (Presto Praesto Youth Camp), Trinidad, West Indies.

Lennox will be visiting Germany to study their vocational education and training system to further his current research project. He mentioned: “My current research project is concerned with plumbing students’ vocational identity formation and how it can become the focus throughout training to enhance all students’ chances of completing their training in school and their subsequent lifelong commitment to the plumbing practice in the future. This goal is important in the local plumbing environment where fewer new entrants are coming into the vocation, older workers are retiring and a shortage of manpower in this vital skill area exists and is projected to extend in the future. All this is occurring at a time when deaths, diseases and other less traumatic yet unheard of experiences resulting from water related activities are increasing while the status and expectation of plumbers have been upgraded by their designation by the WHO as guardians of the environment.”

It will be satisfying to see the report of his visit to Germany and how he will use what he learned and saw to enhance his project.