A constant challenge identified in Phase I of the RESLIM-O project was the scarcity of skilled personnel in the climate change, water and biodiversity sectors. There was also evidence that some organisations needed support to mentor young people joining these sectors. For that reason AWARD, as part of the capacity development phase, has embarked on an Internship Programme that aims to provide an educationally sound professional development programme for new entrants, unemployed or underemployed graduates in NRM related positions.
Through the internship initiative, Reslim-O’s intention is to strengthen organisational capacity to work with young people entering the field; encourage them to stay and to be not only effective functionaries, but also dynamic, transformative leaders in the workplace – thus improving resilience in the face of challenges like climate change. With this in mind, a comprehensive, learning programme has been designed and was initiated in June 2016. The programme includes face-to-face group sessions with experts and facilitators, individual mentoring; and field work as well as collaborative activities with partner organisations. Parallel to this, AWARD hosts a series of mentoring capacity development workshops for both AWARD mentors and partner organisations.