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Pilot PoVE Water is a transnational project that draws on existing and emerging vocational competences and skills needs in the water sector, translating them into an approach of vocational excellence. This ensures upward convergence of VET with (EU) knowledge triangles and a strong engagement with the regional economic and social ecosystems. The project intends to create the infrastructure necessary to embed vocational excellence in the water sector in Europe, thus laying the grounds for vocational curriculum development and consequently competence development of VET students.

Pilot PoVE Water aims to:

  • Ensure that VET is at the forefront of research and technological developments in the water sector;
  • Ensure that current and future water sector professionals have the work attitude, knowledge and competences that the rapid changing EU water industry demands;
  • Identify the existing and emerging labour market needs and enhance the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems to these needs;
  • Promote synergies, cooperation and cross-fertilisation.

Main outputs will be:

  • Vocational Excellence Scanning tools to identify the existing systems of Vocational Excellence of the participating organisations and prepare the knowledge sharing process;
  • 5 Centres of Vocational Excellence Water, acting up as regional ‘Skills ecosystems’;
  • The platform of Vocational Excellence Water, bringing an EU dimension to Vocational Excellence in the water sector;
  • An Upscaling strategy, for the PoVE Water, to grow and create a critical mass and sustainable ground for further development.


The Pilot PoVE project intends to excel in vocational education in the Water sector developing regional/national CoVE Water and unite these centres under the umbrella of the PoVE Water. The infrastructure that will be put in place and the sustainable strategic cooperation’s that will be the main output of this project will constitute a solid basis for the development of joint curriculum.

PoVE Water is a European project in the renewed Erasmus program that aims to strengthen the skills of VET professionals in the water sector. In addition to the skills that are important now, the project focuses on the emerging skills that will become increasingly important in the future.


The main outputs being the results of the implementation work packages lead directly to the achievement of Pilot PoVE Water objectives, horizontal results such a  management, evaluation and dissemination results in a more indirect way as they support the cooperation between partners, the development and quality of results and ensure impact.


Friesland college Stichting voor Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs, Netherlands


National Water Conference 2019

Researching the future

On October 18th, 2019 the fourth Annual National Water Conference was held at the Institute of Applied Science within the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST) [Details about the event can be found in Annex A & B]. Each year the Water Research and Training Centre – MCAST organises the national water conference with the aim to showcase the latest local developments within the field of water.

The 2019 edition theme was focused on ongoing fundamental and applied research projects. The target audience for this edition were students that held an interest to the subject theme. The main objective was to inform students about the current and emerging water research projects. The intention was to kindle an interest in students to become tomorrow’s water researchers and technologists.

In addition to students, over fifty participants attended the conference, including a number of people interested in water, persons from Water Services Corporation (WSC), water researchers, water industry professionals, MCAST and UoM staff, as well as UniCT, and CNR staff.

To reach this aim the conference was divided into 3 parts. The first part was about innovative developments happening on a national scale within the field of water whereby Ms. Elisabeth Cremona from The Energy and Water Agency gave a presentation about the development of a research and innovation strategy.

The second part of the conference saw the launching of a new project entitled Platform of Vocational Excellence in Water or PoVE Water. This project falls under the Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) – Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances framework.

This conference section was opened by a video address by project leader Ms. Erna van der Weff from Learning Hub Friesland. She explained that Pilot PoVE water is a transnational project that draws on existing and emerging vocational competences and skills needs in the water sector, translating them into an approach of vocational excellence. Furthermore, she highlighted the importance of the project in a European context within the water sector.

Mr. Edwin Zammit, Deputy Director for Innovation (Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology), was the next speaker. During his presentation he explained how the different partners will be working together to achieve the main project goals and how the development of the platform is going to continue in the next couple of years.

Afterwards Mr. Pablo Micallef, Media Engagement and Corporate Image of the Water Services Corporation, gave an inspiration speech about empowering the new generation of water researchers and technologists for a new sustainable work force. Additionally, he explained the different projects WSC is currently working on with the help of students.

The third part of the Conference related to the MicroWatTS project which is an Interreg project. This session was chaired by Prof. Maurice Grech from the University of Malta and project leader of Micro WatTS, and consisted of talks by the key academic Italian and Maltese partners.

The first speaker was Dr. Ing Stephen Abela, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

of the University of Malta, who introduced the project and illustrated its implications on sustainable water usage.

The second speaker was Dr. Alessandro Di Mauro, Senior Researcher at the Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, who talked about the Novel Synthesis of ZnO/Polymer nanocomposites application in water treatment. He discussed various deposition techniques used and identified that Atomic layer deposition + solution casting and direct ALD on PMMA is the easiest and industrial scalable model. 

The third speaker was Dr. Frederick Lia, Senior Researcher for MCAST, speaking about Electron Transfer Based Methods for the Determination of Titanium Oxide Doped Surfaces.

The fourth and final speaker for the day was Dr. Maria Antonietta Buccheri, Senior Researcher at the Università Degli Studi Di Catania. She spoke about looking for Allies in Water Purification, an Analysis of Antibacterial activity of ZnO Based Nanomaterials. She showed how different coatings placed on different materials (Quartz, Silicon, and PMMA) exhibited different antimicrobial properties. It was shown that the best results were obtained with PMMA as asubstrate for ZnO nanometric coatings.

The session ended with a discussion on the presentation and water recovery in general. Questions asked and audience participation in the discussion were encouraging.

Kick-off partner meeting in Brussels

The Platform of Vocational Excellence Water (PoVE Water) project kick-off partner meeting took place on the 21-22 January 2020 in Brussels. The project intends to create the infrastructure necessary to embed vocational excellence in the water sector in Europe, thus laying the grounds for vocational curriculum development and consequently competence development of VET students.

The Brussels meeting started with a welcome message by Pieter Hoekstra, the project coordinator from CIV Water.

Nicola Murray from the Glasgow Clyde College, in charge of WP3, introduced the Vocational Excellence scan exercise. The purpose was to showcase the partners’ best practise and determine areas of improvement. The WP3 intends to reflect where the opportunities for learning are by doing a PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental) and a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.

Taking this into account, partners made an exercise for updating their collaborations with Government, regional authorities, industry, and educational institutions with regards the water sector management in their countries. After discussing these relationships, all partners concluded by answering some questions depending on the type of organisation they are (education or business) and reflecting what are the aims of each one taking part in this PoVE water.

Sanne Ligthart from CIV Water presented the PoVE Water project website.

Water centres of excellence in Africa

Murray Biedler from UNESCO Liaison Office Brussels introduced the ‘’Water centres of excellence in Africa’’, an initiative of NEPAD and part of the AU Institution. The mission is to reach a sustainable capacity development in the water sector and as a long-term goal, the creation of NEPAD in Central/Eastern Africa and strengthen institutional networking. EHCDP (Environmental Health and Communicable Disease Prevention) aimed at addressing junior professional and technician level capacity challenges in the water sector. This is experience is a showcase of what in other countries are already working on and sharing knowledge among different stakeholders is one of the main goals of the PoVE Water pilot project.

Last part of the meeting was held by Valentina Chanina from EfVET, in charge of WP8 – Dissemination. EfVET in collaboration with the other partners will use various resources to disseminate project outputs, activities and achieve their exploitations.

The last day was dedicated to the discussion of the EU Water Week planning and the involvement of regional stakeholders.

The next project meeting will be host by the Scottish partners Glasgow Clyde College.

Project partners CREA Hydro&Energy and Mendel University

in Brno Czech Republic

First months of the PoVE WATER project has been productive in all respects. Project partner cluster CREA Hydro&Energy set up the final project team and in January attended the kick-off meeting in Brussels.

During the small regional project meeting in Brno, organised in February, we introduced the main outputs from the partner meeting in Brussels to our stakeholders and opened discussion with the representative of the South Moravian region, representative of Mendel University and VET school in Brno. VET school was also acquainted with the possibility to participate in the European Water Technology Week 2020 in Leeuwarden which was warmly welcomed and nowadays, are being planned next steps.

CREA Hydro&Energy is preparing a methodology draft of the Project Impact Evaluation. Along with the questionnaire, methodology tool serves for assessing and providing information about the project impact, changes produced during project period affecting both project partners and stakeholders.

Mendel University project team has been extended by two researchers Dr. Jana Markova and Ing. Ondrej Hemr. Researchers complemented the project team with the objective to communicate with secondary schools and other educational stakeholders to prepare

tools serving to vocational education on the school level.

Mendel University has started to prepare a school consortium. In this phase, it is planned to contact possible partners and compile the networks consisting of one university, five secondary schools and one non-government educational organisation.

In the framework of the organisational activities, university set the project contracts, induced some meetings of project team and project team and stakeholders. One of the main objectives in this phase is to start searching for other supporting financial tools (Erasmus+ etc.) sponsoring related project activities.


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