European Junior Water Programme

Dive into the programme, designed to provide young water
professionals with a robust learning experience through a mix of
theory, practical exercises, and field visits, developing skills and
knowledge needed for a successful career in the water sector.

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.

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.

You receive trainings and workshops about:
– Personal & communication development
– Co-creation strategies and evaluation
– Project and self management
– Leadership and pro-active strategies
– Future century skills for sustainability

Our programme is based on 3 pillars:

  1. Knowledge creation and transfer: masterclasses on European policies,
    cooperation, and primary water challenges – including local water
    projects of participating organizations
  2. European network opportunities through EJWP community building:
    integration in Water Europe, EJWP Ambassadors, and event participation
  3. Personal and professional skills development in international teams:
    emphasis on cultural awareness and diversity cooperation in projects.

Benefits for organizations

By cultivating leadership skills, young water professionals can grow into the next generation of leaders in the water industry. It increases awareness of diversity and helps build a network that connects professionals across Europe.

This training offers a cost-effective and professional approach to skill development. You can count on innovative solutions to address challenges in the water sector.

How to start (business)

Attend an informational presentation for organizations, and contact us if you need more details. Identify employees in your organization who would benefit from our program.

Interested? Let’s get started! Schedule a consultation call with us to discuss the next steps.

Benefits for professionals

During the programme we build valuable networks, which opens doors to collaboration and knowledge sharing across the continent. You will develop diverse communication skills crucial for translating technical information into clear, accessible messages for stakeholders and the public.

You will collaborate with peers to create innovative solutions for the industry’s complex challenges. By co-creating with others, you can foster creativity and drive meaningful change.

How to start (professionals)

  1. Join a presentation or Q&A session to learn more, and feel free to contact us for additional information.
  2. Send us your CV along with a motivation letter to express your interest.
  3. Schedule an intake call with us and your organization to discuss the next steps.

Ready to begin? Let’s get started!


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),
  • utilities,
  • 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. Self-employed participants or participants supported by a host organization within the European water-sector can be considered in the design of the group.

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. Therefore we do 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 is around 8 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. A group will start with a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 12 participants.

Yes. The EJWP is open to PhD candidates and other junior professionals from academy background, up to about 40 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 at 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 also occasionally accept participation from outside/ the boarders of the Europe to support collaboration, network and development beyond Europe.

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 (excluding taxes) 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.

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