In today’s competitive marketplace, employers are often seeking those with experience in addition to qualifications. This is particularly important within the environment sector, where hands-on field experience can provide candidates with a competitive edge over their peers. The Blue Economy strategic roadmap is currently looking towards exploring further the natural capital stored within the nation’s vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as Seychelles strives to become a sustainable ocean-based economy.  The implementation of a national framework is the first step in creating economic diversification across a broad range of sectors, which should create numerous employment opportunities. This is great news for the local work force.

For those looking to pursue a career within the Blue Economy, be that in conservation, research, business or education, the GVI National Scholarship Programme is an opportunity to gain valuable skills that will be directly transferable to future roles. These range from learning how to SCUBA dive, to conducting field research, assisting with environmental education programmes, and gaining essential professional skills that can be applied to any career.

“During my stay at GVI not only did I get trained on how to identify coral and survey coral recruits, but I also got the opportunity to learn about the newly developed crown-of-thorns starfish control methodology and participated in the eradication programme. This experience has definitely increased my knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystems, but most of all my love for the sea and dedication to marine conservation. Thank you GVI!” says Jennifer Appoo, Aldabra assistant science coordinator, Seychelles Islands Foundation.

The GVI Seychelles projects include a number of research areas directly linked to the Blue Economy in which participants can gain firsthand experience. Coral reef monitoring, shark tagging, mangrove monitoring, beach profiling and nesting sea turtle surveys are just a few of the skills that they can learn. Furthermore, participants who join a GVI programme will receive internationally recognised qualifications such as the PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Coral Reef Research Diver and Emergency First Responder certifications.

Placements on the GVI National Scholarship Programme last for four, eight or 12 weeks and run year round. Candidates must be 18 years or over and should have an interest in conservation or research. Interested applicants can send a CV accompanied by a statement of interest to the GVI Country Director, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.