The WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition in Plumbing and Heating celebrated young talent from 20 different countries including the UK. As global industry partner to WorldSkills, the Grohe brand co-hosted the international industry competition, and from the 2nd to 4th of November 2022, Lixil's competence centre for Grohe showers and shower systems in Lahr, Germany, was the chosen venue for the event. Following three intense days, Florian Bliem from Austria beat 19 peers from all around the world to be crowned world champion in plumbing and heating.
As acting co-host of the event, Grohe was able to leverage its experience in training and education to support young professionals in starting their careers. In many regions of the world, the sanitary brand already operates the Grohe Installer Vocational Training and Education Program (GIVE). Through the programme, Grohe supports schools in creating a state-of-the-art training framework by installing modern training facilities and providing learning material and experienced technical trainers.
“I am really proud of the young talents in our industry. We have witnessed so much passion, enthusiasm, and dedication to their work at the WorldSkills Special Edition in Lahr. All contestants can be very proud: they represent the future of our industry,” commented Jonas Brennwald, leader, Lixil EMENA. “Our role as global industry partner to WorldSkills complements our existing efforts to promote the plumbing profession to a wider audience. Our industry offers so many opportunities for young people around the globe who cannot only make a living but make a positive impact with plumbing for a sustainable future,” he added.
In total, more than 1,000 visitors came to see the competitions in Lahr, Germany, and guests had the chance to explore the Grohe brand via the Grohe Professional product portfolio that was showcased on the GROHE X Motion and the Grohe GIVE Trucks.