We believe that work-readiness programmes are part of the solution to the problems of youth unemployment and skills mismatch.
The GAN Principles
GAN Members adhere to the following powerful and action-oriented principles:
Strengthen the commitment and visibility of companies’ and organizations’ engagement in apprenticeships and internships as part of a sound human capital development strategy.
Share the best practices in the areas of apprenticeships, internships, mentoring and on-the-job training.
Encourage a network of committed companies and organisations, at the global and local levels, to support effective knowledge sharing action programmes and partnerships and to scale up international cooperation to this effect.
Why Apprenticeships & Work-Readiness Programmes
Work-readiness programmes include training for apprentices, learners, trainees, interns, and artisans. They are key to create jobs for youth and skills for business, because it:
ensures that trainings matches the needs within a company or industry
keeps up-to-date with changes in technology, work practices, and market dynamics
links classrooms and workplace training so that young people acquire relevant skills
equips young people with critically important core skills, such as problem solving, teamwork, and communication
offers young people a small income while preparing for the job market
helps them clear the hurdle of having no job experience, a barrier that prevents many university graduates from securing their first job
GAN Global Network – the global platform
GAN National Networks (GNNs)– tailored work plan in member countries
The GAN Global Network coordinates efforts of member companies, mobilizes resources, enables and shares best practices and platforms, and consults.
It works on a strategic level, facilitating multi-stakeholder exchange on a global scale (with organizations like the EU, ILO, OECD, etc.) and reinforces the links between coalition members and GNNs.
The GNNs increase work-readiness opportunities in the country/region in which they operate by committing global and local companies; organizing apprenticeship days and workshops; awarding companies for their good practices; developing toolkits; and influencing public policies.
GNNs root the GAN concept in individual member countries and reflect the distinct national, regional, cultural and institutional context. They are the link to the actual workplaces.
The Holistic Approach
in joining private and public forces
simply and positively
in striving for tangible actions
in quick and agile environments
in adapting to specific markets needs