Clean energy is a new emerging sector for Cambodia. Not only does it help the environment, but it also leverages the economy, investment and job creation in the country. However, Cambodia's economy is now heavily reliant on the tourism and garment industries. This drives people out of the agriculture sector, and away from rural areas into urban areas, to work as low-skilled workers with less value. (1)
So, what can we do to shift the type of work today and in the future to bring more value to workers? Bringing youth to tackle clean energy
Youth are integral to the development of the country. EnergyLab supports university students who are passionate about sustainability and the environment, especially where clean energy supports the environment. The Clean Energy Internship
program is one of EnergyLab's key programs that collaborates with clean energy companies to place students in the workplace. Our goal is to strengthen the student's professional and technical skills so that they are ready and qualified for their job. The benefits of being a Clean Energy Intern are 1). Experiencing what it's like to work in a real clean energy company and solving real problems. 2) Receiving formal work-readiness training before work placement starts as well as monthly mentoring and allowance, 3). Joining a network of Clean Energy Alumni, who get more chances to network and be a part of the growing community.