For the first time, Pacific people will be able to undertake a diploma course in resilience competence to mitigate the effects of climate change in the region.
The Pacific Community has launched two new accredited qualifications that represent a new standard of credentials.
The Level 5 and 6 Diplomas in Resilience are the first batch of resilience qualifications at a diploma level that focus on providing the Pacific with graduates who will act as agents for change in their local communities.
The regionally endorsed qualifications aim to open new doors for current resilience professionals to advance in their fields and also looks to encourage non-professional volunteers and workers to pursue a career in the region’s resilience sector.
In a statement by SPC, Dr Rohit Kishore, Director of the Fiji Higher Education Commission said it was a step towards recognising Pacific solutions.
He said the work done was much needed.
Melinda Mathers, PACRES TVET Coordinator said partnerships and collaboration to support growth in resilience education recognises Pacific solutions for Pacific people, to spur professionals in climate resilience.
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The level 5 resilience qualification introduces trainees to new concepts not covered at certificate levels, including project prioritisation tools, research methodologies, and promoting a resilience culture in communities and organisations.
The level 6 course is more project focused and builds on the breadth and depth of the level 5 course, which includes writing project proposals, accessing climate finance, and developing a leading role in setting a new benchmark for resilience competence in the Pacific.
Rajendra Prasad, EQAP’s Team Leader Qualifications, explained that the new qualifications have a very strong regional flavour as they are designed to meet the needs of the region.
“The two courses have been developed and endorsed by experts and stakeholders from the region, are owned by the region, have been accredited by a regional body and will be available for delivery by training providers in the region,” he said.