Are you a recent graduate (> 2 years) or final year undergraduate or a post-graduate student enrolled in a Renewable Energy, Natural or Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Development Studies, Economics or Sustainable Energy related programme? The CARICOM Regional Energy Apprenticeship Programme is your starting point to power-up your career in the sustainable energy sphere.

The CARICOM Regional Energy Apprenticeship Programme (REAP) offers the opportunity of a minimum three (3) to maximum twelve (12) month paid internship at a pioneering sustainable energy institution in the Caribbean.

Successful candidates will gain valuable, on-the-job experience with relevant regional agencies and institutions directly and indirectly involved in the deployment of sustainable energy technologies and applications.

In addition to practical training, successful candidates will benefit from mentorship support, networking and development opportunities geared at advancing technical competencies and enhancing prospects of employability across the regional energy sector.

The application period for the REAP is now open and will continue on a rolling basis as opportunities arise in participating organisations.

REAP was conceptualised by the Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat and is implemented by the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) through the financial support of the European Union.

Successful candidates will be placed at one of the six (6) regional participating institutions in one of the twelve assignment areas. Candidates must be a recent graduate of or enrolled in, a relevant undergraduate or post-graduate programme which matches the assignment area.

The REAP application period is now open and will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis as opportunities become available in participating organisations.

Successful candidates will serve the agreed duration of their apprenticeship during the period August 1st 2020 to July 31st 2021.

Participating Institutions and Agencies:

REAP Assignment Areas:

Who Can Apply:

• Candidates enrolled in a post-graduate programmes may apply. Candidates also in the advanced stages of their undergraduate programme (i.e. final year students) will be considered and therefore may apply.
• Recent university graduates and young professionals who have completed either a post-graduate or undergraduate programme may also apply—provided that the start date of the assignment is less than two (2) years following completion of studies.
• Applicants must be proficient in English. However, knowledge of another language (i.e. Dutch, French or Spanish) would be an asset.
• Applicants must be a national of a CARICOM member state.

Additional Considerations:

• Special consideration will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled or have completed their studies at one of the regional universities which are part of the Regional Universities Network (RUN) or exist across CARICOM member states. The institutions which make up the Regional Universities Network include University of the Bahamas; University of Belize; University of Guyana; University of Technology (Jamaican); Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname; University of Trinidad and Tobago; and the University of the West Indies.

• Female university students, recent graduates and young professionals are especially encouraged to apply.

The energy industry at the regional and global level has been traditionally characterised as a male-dominated field with significant gender disparity as it relates to women and their participation across all levels of the industry. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), notes that gender targets and quotas provide practical solutions to addressing some of the gender imbalances which exist across the renewable energy field.

In the implementation of the REAP, active consideration is given to addressing such imbalances and disparities through the imposition of key gender targets and quotas. This will require that each qualifying institution hires at minimum, where possible, one (1) female apprentice as part of the REAP recruitment process.

The REAP Programme aims to provide practical on-the-job training opportunities to university students, recent graduates and young professionals interested in pursuing future career opportunities across the sustainable energy industry. By ensuring the active participation/recruitment of female apprentices, REAP will address some of the current gender in balances within the sustainable energy field, as apprenticeship programmes have traditionally been credible avenues to accessing future career opportunities in the energy sector.

REAP Application Process

  • Interested applicants must first download and complete the REAP Application Form. The completed form must be compiled with the subsequent documents and submitted via the application portal.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, no more than 90 days old, detailing the bio profile of the applicant, qualifications, relevant experience (where possible) and references.
  • A Statement of Philosophy, no longer than 500 words, indicating the reasons and motivation for participation in the Programme and interest in the area of preferred focus.

N.B Airfare, accommodation, transportation and meal costs will not be covered under the REAP Programme; applicants are asked to consider this when selecting an institution to undertake the internship.
If you have any further questions, please email us at info@tapsec.org with the subject “REAP Enquiry”.

REAP APPLICATION FORM – Download here

The Regional Energy Apprenticeship Programme is now accepting applications for the following opportunities:

Position

Organisation

Deadline

Country

Apply

Energy Policy Associate CARICOM Energy Apply by
Oct-29-20
Guyana
EXPIRED
Sustainable Energy Intern CDB Apply by
Oct-05-20
Barbados
EXPIRED
Energy Systems Engineer Intern (Supply-Side) CCREEE Apply by
Sept-07-20
Barbados
Expired
Project Preparation Facility Programme Intern CCREEE Apply by
Sept-07-20
Barbados
Expired
Energy Systems Engineer Intern (Demand-Side) CCREEE Apply by
Sept-07-20
Barbados
Expired
Credit Risk Abatement Facility Implementation (CRAF) Support Intern CDF Apply by
Sept-07-20
Barbados
Expired
Regional Programme Development Support Intern CDF Apply by
Sept-07-20
Barbados
Expired

Here’s an overview of the stages in the post-application process:
ii. Application Review– Once the application period is closed, the relevant organisation will receive and evaluate all application packages.

iii. Interview– Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a mandatory interview with the institution in which they are seeking to complete their internship. The institution will determine the date, time and modality of the interview. Due to the volume of applications we usually receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

iv. Assignment of Intern– Following the completion of the interview process and further evaluation, successful applicants will be notified of their interview results and the next steps.

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