Renewables training for PNG women

PAPUA New Guinea is one of the APEC economies targeted by the organisation to train women for management positions in the renewable energy sector.
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Staff Reporter

This initiative has been developed by the US branch of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in partnership with Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), Nedworc Foundation (NWF) and SD Strategies.
Titled ‘empowering women as managers in the renewable energy sector', the program is described as "ambitious, comprehensive and targeted capacity-building and mentoring" which aims to support the accelerated career advancement of women in APEC economies in this field of work.
"It intends to develop their full personal potential and increase their confidence and skills to become effective employees, decision makers, entrepreneurs and leaders in the public or private sector," the partners say.
Career development will be driven by:
• Increasing their knowledge of renewable energy technologies, markets and policy; 
• Enabling them to develop sound, comprehensive and convincing business plans; and 
• Facilitating professional exchanges and peer-to-peer mentoring. 
The partners say the program combines online training, mentoring program and face-to-face training allowing women the flexibility to access the training materials at a pace and time that is convenient to them.
The project consists of three consecutive components. Participants will be selected through a competitive process. The first program phase is a three-month online training, at the end of which participants will take an online exam.
Trainees passing the exam will advance to the second stage, the development of their business plan ideas through professional feedback and the engagement with experienced mentors.
Selected women with promising business plan ideas will then progress to the third phase, an intense one week in-person workshop.
The week will include further lectures and trainings, business plans pitches to experienced stakeholders, and networking opportunities. An alumni network open to all participants will facilitate continued peer-to-peer engagement and mentoring after the program's completion. 
The program is specifically designed for women holding mid-level career positions in the energy sector in the APEC economies.
Applications from women in travel eligible economies - Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam - are strongly encouraged and participants from travel-eligible economies will receive APEC funding for their attendance at the one-week workshop.
"The typical applicant will have between six and 12 years of experience working in the energy sector, including for but not limited to a ministry or other public agency; grid operator; power generation company or supplier or other enterprise providing energy goods or services; academic or lobby or financial institution or NGO working in the energy sector." 
Participation in all online and in-person sessions will be covered by the project. This includes access to online courses, all course material, as well as lunch and coffee breaks during the in-person training. 
Participants from the 11 travel-eligible APEC economies who are selected for the one-week workshop will receive funding from APEC for economy-class return airfares and a per diem to cover hotel accommodation, meals and incidentals. Advance payment may be considered upon approval of the APEC Secretariat. 
Women interested in joining the program are requested to apply through RENAC's website using this link before May 27, 2018, midnight CET. The application includes a motivation to participate, CV, information on eligibility and qualifications, and initial idea for business idea. 
The full participation in the project will require roughly: 
• Minimum of 100 hours for the online training. 
• Time for the business plan development.
• Time for up to 3 mentoring sessions.
• One week for the face-to-face training and pitching. 
For additional information about the program, please contact Emilienne Tingwey at