GAN works with members, networks, and partners to deliver activities, publications and events that promote work-based learning (WBL) and facilitate its implementation, in the context of the future of work. We participate in external events and international fora, sharing the lessons learnt and experiences of our members, networks, and partners, to inform policies and practices for work-based learning.

Our work program includes

  • Peer to peer learning – we deliver events and publications which give our members and partners the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from one another
  • Policy analysis and advocacy – we carry out research on WBL policies and practices to inform the debates on WBL. We participate in international policy processes and consultations, bringing in the experience of members and networks.
  • Private Sector Leadership – we highlight the actions of the private sector in developing and delivering WBL programs, and the benefits that employers and employees derive from these programs

Enhancing Quality Apprenticeships in Turkey

In alignment with GAN’s goal of supporting the private sector in advancing quality apprenticeship agendas, GAN Global and Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations TISK, the host organization of GAN Turkey, organized a webinar on 16 May on “ILO Recommendation 208: Enhancing Quality Apprenticeships in Türkiye.” This collaborative event aimed to raise awareness on how to improve the quality of apprenticeship training and contribute to the development of robust programs in Türkiye. The webinar began with opening remarks from Akansel Koç (in Turkish), Secretary General of TİSK, followed by insights from Kathryn Rowan, Executive Director of GAN Global, and Akustina Morni,…

Driving Private Sector Engagement to Unlock the Potential of Quality Apprenticeships

In this article, GAN Global Executive Director, Kathryn Rowan discusses the crucial role of private sector engagement in implementing quality apprenticeships, as outlined in the ILO’s recommendation. She highlights the benefits of industry-relevant training, financial investment, mentorship, and enhanced employability. The launch of the Corporate Champions for Apprenticeships platform at the World Economic Forum in Davos demonstrates progress in driving private sector commitment. In the realm of global workforce development, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Quality Apprenticeships Recommendation (R208) is a breakthrough for governments, employers, and workers for all nations working towards sustainable economic growth and equitable employment opportunities. For…

New Executive Director at GAN Global

Geneva, 1 September 2023 – GAN Global is thrilled to announce the appointment of Kathryn Rowan as its new Executive Director. Ms. Rowan, a seasoned leader with an exceptional background in human resources and corporate social responsibility, brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as Vice President of Human Resources, Zone Latin America, and Global Youth Lead at Nestlé. As GAN continues to champion the importance of apprenticeships and work-based learning worldwide, the organization is confident that Kathryn Rowan’s vision, expertise, and dedication will steer GAN into an even brighter future. I am thrilled to join the Global…

Apprenticeships: The Key Innovation for Building Efficient Talent Supply Chains

This online event spotlighted the potential for work-based learning (WBL) programs, including apprenticeships, to help companies cultivate skills and build an effective talent supply chain. In today’s rapidly evolving economies and workforces, the demand for skilled and productive talent is constantly increasing. To address such needs, WBL programs, including apprenticeships, have emerged as key innovations in cultivating skills development to building strong talent supply chains. TeamLease Degree Apprenticeship and GAN Global organized this second webinar on 29 June 2023, as part of a joint virtual series that aims to explore in deeper detail specific themes regarding WBL and apprenticeships as…

The RoI on Apprenticeships & Work-Based Learning in India

TeamLease Degree Apprenticeship and GAN Global hosted a webinar, on 22 February 2023, to kick off a series of joint virtual events that will explore in deeper detail specific themes around the potential of WBL and apprenticeships for Indian youth to enter the job market and improve their employability in a variety of sectors. The webinar was also an opportunity to announce a partnership between GAN Global and TeamLease Degree Apprenticeship to scale degree apprenticeship adoption in the country. “Our mission is to achieve employment for all worldwide, and we believe that Indian youth is a significant quadrant in the…

The Great Resignation and Work-Based Learning

“I see it as a responsibility to help companies recruit people based on true potential, motivation and cultural fit – then to continuously train them for the skills needed. We have seen apprenticeship becoming a clear game changer, not only for primary education but also to support professional transitions. Adecco has built first pilots here, both in terms of assessment and upskilling.” In the context of the Future of Work, WBL including apprenticeships and internships can be a way to empower workers of all ages to acquire skills needed throughout the entire cycles of their careers. Set against the backdrop…

Business Strategies towards a Sustainable, Future-Proof Workforce

Bringing together companies representing various sectors spanning the globe, we explored how business leaders, particularly Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) and HR Executives, play a crucial role in future-proofing their industries towards a sustainable future of work.

L’Oréal Joins GAN Global Management Board

We are pleased to announce L’Oréal, the world’s leader in the beauty market, as our newest member.

Empowering Girls and Young Women in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector

Bringing together our Members, Partners, and Networks to celebrate Girls in ICT Day, we explored how together, we can create more gender parity in this field.

Inclusive Digital Skills Training – What will it take?

Digital skills are increasingly a pre-requisite to participation in the workplace and are likely to become more so in the future. From the most basic level such as sending emails to data science and AI, our professional lives are ever more dependent upon being able to use and master new technologies. How can countries like Australia, Colombia, and New Zealand measure this skill set, compare the results across their population, and ensure digital skilling opportunities for all? In 2021, digital literacy is a sine qua non condition in all agendas for technological transition and innovation. It remains key in achieving…

New Guide Emphasizes Skills Development as Key Business Strategy to a Sustainable World of Work

In times of extreme uncertainty and rapid digitalization, closing the gap between the supply and demand of skills and ensuring people have the right skills to be employable and perform their work well, is more challenging than ever. To help business leaders better understand how a strong skills development strategy creates business value while simultaneously generating positive value for people and society, today, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN Global) launched a guide for Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) on skills strategies for a sustainable world of work.

A Global Collaboration for Digital Skills: COVID-19 and Beyond

GAN Global to extend Microsoft’s global skills initiative via workforce insights in Australia, Colombia and New Zealand. [1] 5 November 2020, Geneva – The Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) will be working together with Microsoft Philanthropies to conduct a series of skills and industry analyses related to the digital skilling policy landscapes in Australia, Colombia and New Zealand. This will help further the reach of Microsoft’s global skills initiative in supporting underrepresented and vulnerable communities in these countries. 2020 is undoubtedly the year that has pushed digitalisation in all sectors. Faced with a global pandemic, governments across the world implemented mandatory lockdowns,…

Top CEOs, HR execs and policy-makers redesign training needs for an equitable Future of Work

The GAN’s Annual Board Meeting was hosted this year at Nestlé HQ bringing together its member CEOs, and heads of international and business and employer organisations. On the same day, HR professionals from GAN Global member companies and partner organization worked together to map their journeys on how to become responsive, future-oriented learning organizations. The event entitled “Redesigning hiring and training to attract talent, grow business and build an equitable future of work” attracted over 60 representatives from various sectors across the country and abroad, who are committed to getting their industries the skills they need. Topics discussed included a…