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					       Getting it right

       The role and value of

INTERNSHIPS & BURSARIES
to attract, retain and nurture skills


         Dr. Glenda Raven: WWF-SA

         Dr. Ferozah Conrad: SANBI
          Workshop Overview

•   The value of internships and bursaries
•   Some insights
                                                      Glenda
•   Some continuing challenges
•   Some recommendations

•   A response – some further insights               Ferozah


•   Getting it right                         Group discussions
          Internships & Bursaries
… to attract, retain and nurture skills development




•   Link between learning and work
•   Support transition
•   Gain experience
•   Explore career options
•   Contributions to organisational development
       Two sides to the same story …
                  Studentships  Internships  Research placements
                    Undergraduate  Graduate Post graduate
              Individual                               Organization

• Shortage of opportunity                  • Intern preparedness
• Lack of knowledge of opportunity         • Lack and / or inappropriate
• Little or inappropriate work                mentoring capacity
   integrated learning                     • Curriculum requirements
• Lack of funding beyond the salary        • Absence of structured programmes
• Lack of monitoring and assessment           to support development
• Limited scope in opportunity –           • Work ethic
   beyond natural sciences                 • ‘Return on investment’ /
• Poor or little induction                    expectation of employment
                                           • Manager / mentor tension
       Bursaries … another side
• Often inadequate in amount and scope of coverage
• Mainly focused at masters and doctoral level, few at
  honours and even less at undergraduate
• Availability limited in scope – natural science
  dominance
• Seldom available for part time studies and studies
  beyond minimum duration
           What to do?
     QUALITY                           INTERACTIONS
•   guidelines for
    improved                       • learning and work
    approaches                     • mentors
•   Induction for                  • interns
    interns




                     FUNDING
                 •   sector funding
                 •   broader scope
                 •   top up existing
                     opportunities
                      Getting it right!!!!
NSDS III
PIVOTAL
programmes            QUALITY                INTERACTIONS
                  guidelines – mentors
                      source book              skills summit

                  Induction workbook




                                     FUNDING

       labour
   amendment ….
                                         ?                 2011 Budget …
                                                        • youth employment
   implications for                                     • bursaries … teachers
  interns contracts                                         and post grad
                                                            natural science
        Internships & Bursaries
… to attract, retain and nurture skills development




   •   Link between learning and work
   •   Support transition
   •   Gain experience
   •   Explore career options
   •   Contributions to organisational
       development
            Tipping the scale
Studentships – involves work on a research
project, pay a bursary, student works towards a
degree

Internships – at undergraduate, graduate and
post graduate level; various lengths

Research Placements – employment
       Two sides to the same story …
              Individual                         Organization

• Shortage of opportunity             • Intern preparedness
• Lack of knowledge of opportunity    • Lack and / or inappropriate
• Little or inappropriate work           mentoring capacity
   integrated learning                • Curriculum requirements
• Lack of funding beyond the salary   • Absence of structured programmes
• Lack of monitoring and assessment      to support development
• Limited scope in opportunity –      • Work ethic
   beyond natural sciences            • ‘Return on investment’ /
• Poor or little induction               expectation of employment
                                      • Manager / mentor tension
       Bursaries … another side
• Often inadequate in amount and scope of coverage
• Mainly focused at masters and doctoral level, few at
  honours and even less at undergraduate
• Availability limited in scope – natural science
  dominance
• Seldom available for part time studies and studies
  beyond minimum duration
          Networks …

•   GSN – coordinated SAEON
•   ACCESS - hosted by CSIR, bursary holders

				
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