GAN Networks in Latin America


Launched in 2015

Focus areas: 

  1. Share and promote best practices on workreadiness programmes.

  2. Influence legislation and public policies on youth employment, at the local level

  3. Develop a proposal to modernize the education curriculum.

USDOL funded GAN Network


Hosted by Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI)

Launched in 2016

Focus areas: 

  1. Position apprenticeships as a priority in the national agenda, influencing policy framework and rooting the GAN’s concepts in the Colombian economic and cultural context.

  2. Strengthen the education for work, i.e. tertiary education, dual training, soft skills trainings, etc.

  3. Design practical solutions for youth unemployment and sharing best practices on skills development.


Hosted by Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado (UCCAEP)

Launched in 2017

Focus areas: 

  1. Facilitate the exchange of best practices and knowledge between companies, employers’ federations and administrations.

  2. Raise the status of apprenticeships and advocate for work-readiness programmes.

  3. Contribute to the reduction of obstacles faced by employers to increase apprenticeships opportunities.

  4. Promote work-readiness programmes at national and local levels.

  5. Bring visibility and recognition to companies committed to create opportunities for youth and partner with other companies.

  6. Participate in multisectoral dialogue focused on training and labor insertion.

USDOL funded GAN Network


Hosted by Comité Coordinador de Asociaciones Agrícolas, Comerciales, Industriales y Financieras (CACIF)

Launched in 2018

​Focus areas: 

  1. Promote human capital with skills relevant to businesses and jobs for youth;

  2. Close the existing gap in the Guatemalan labour market by aligning the country’s labour demand with university and technical and academic institution curricula to cover the businesses’ needs;

  3. Promote internship, traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities to give Guatemalan youth the opportunity to develop the skills that businesses seek, while they are completing their studies or training programmes;

  4. Promote and facilitate the exchange of best practices and knowledge between companies, employer organisations, government, universities and training centres on internship, traineeship and apprenticeship programmes;

  5. Influence public policies and legislation on internship, traineeship and apprenticeship programmes and youth employment on a local and national level through public-private partnerships;

  6. Give visibility and recognition to the companies and organisations committed to creating opportunities for youth.


Hosted by Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (COPARMEX)

Launched in 2016

​Focus areas: 

  1. Influence public policies to motivate companies to create formal apprenticeships, to train youth and thus give them opportunities to experience the world of work.