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The GAN is a business-driven alliance with the
overarching goal of encouraging and linking business initiatives on skills and employment opportunities for youth - notably through apprenticeships. The GAN is a
network where private sector companies, business federations and associations come together to
share best practices, to advocate and to
commit to action around youth employability
and skills development. The initiative is driven
by business leaders, who use this global
platform to promote apprenticeship and internship
programmes worldwide. They reach out in their
respective countries and industries to mitigate the youth unemployment and skills mismatch crises. At the same
time they strengthen their companies' competitive
strategies by investing in their workforces.
"If the unemployed formed a country, it would be the fifth largest in the world."
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF
As a solution to one of the world's biggest social challenge – the GAN is about jobs for youth.
Young people are the most vulnerable victims of the global recession. They are willing to work, but have no opportunities. The doors to their future seem closed with new perspectives out of reach. Latest reports from the ILO show that youth unemployment is around 2.9 times greater than adult unemployment and yet, young employees are the backbone of our future. According to the IFC, by 2020, over 600 million job opportunities will be needed in developing countries only.
Overall, 1.7 % of young Malawians are over-qualified for the work they do while 81.1 % are under-qualified.
ILO Study, 2013
In countries with high proportions of young apprentices relative to the employed population – such as Switzerland, Austria and Germany– youth unemployment is much lower. 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 training matches the needs within a company or industry
keeps up-to-date with changes in technology, work practices, and market dynamics
links classroom and workplace training so that young people acquire relevant skills
equips young people with critical 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