At the beginning of July, this second group of interns started the program with online delivery. In August, they started work placements in their water treatment plants. They are working alongside interns that joined the program earlier in the year. Hands on learning and integrated mentorship in the treatment plants creates a unique experience for Water First interns.
Since the router was sent, all three have completed the Small Water Systems Certification that was delivered online.
With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted it was essential to communicate about safety protocols with our partners at Bimose Tribal Council. We were very excited to be invited to travel to Kenora with clear social distancing and hygiene measures in place. The joy and excitement of the team to be able to meet with the interns face to face was immense. Walkerton Clean Water Center delivered the second week of Entry Level Course training and certification exam in August to the entire group.
A second certification that the Internship program prepares the interns to take is the Operator in Training (OIT) certification exam. Passing this exam is mandatory to become an OIT.
The exam has been set for the end of September. The interns are deep into their studies and preparations for this important milestone of the Water First Internship program.