The Young Water Dragons Awards is a Future Water Association initiative aimed at getting school children aged 11-14, thinking about the importance of water and the vital role played by water utilities.
The awards are part of the 'Skills for the Future' iniative and was held as part of the four day Big Bang Fair early this year, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) and the winners were Teeside High School.
Organisations to have already backed the initiative include Amec Foster Wheeler, Artesia Consulting, blu-3, Clancy Docwra, Immerse, Inflowmatix, Murphy Group, MSC Associates, Onsite, RPS, Skanska, Water 2 Business and WRc.
Paul Horton, CEO of the Future Water Association, said: “Water is so critical to our future that is underpins our economy and way of life. We don’t just need to attract the next generation of creative thinkers, we need to show them that the water sector is a vibrant and exciting place to work, more interesting than NASA.”
The utility sector is facing a skills crisis as a result of ageing workforce and a declining skills base; by 2024, water companies will need to have replaced their entire workforce, said Horton. It is therefore essential to encourage young people to be excited by the water sector as a potential career.