DIT lecturer wins first-ever World plumbing scholarship

29 September 2003

John Smartt, senior plumbing lecturer at DIT, has been awarded the first ever World Plumbing Council Scholarship. With a value of $5000, the scholarship is offered to enable plumbing trainers to visit another country for the purpose of researching plumbing training and methodologies.

The scholarship is intended to increase and facilitate international recognition of competencies and standards, and the recipient will be required to write a report on the training system, standards, technology and other issues related to the research undertaken.

John, who is also very involved in the major international forum for skills training, the Worldskills Competition, has elected to visit the United States of America to undertake his research. Commenting on the award, he said he was extremely honoured to be the first-ever recipient of the World Plumbing Council's Lecturer-Trainer Scholarship. "I have elected to visit the United States of America to undertake my research and I'm starting to do background research and to plan the logistics of the study trip. I must say I'm looking forward to the travel and to meeting people involved in plumbing training in the USA."

In making the award,, the World Plumbing Council noted that it was impressed by John Smartt's 'passion for his subject and his future career goals'.

In addition to receiving the scholarship, John was also recently selected as the Chief Plumbing Technical Expert for the next World Skills Competition which will take place in Finland in 2005. In addition to lecturing in DIT, he is also the Chief Examiner in Plumbing for the Department of Education and Science.

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