Updated: Aug 28, 2018
The GAN Takes a Stance on Education & Reskilling in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
During the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) landmark 2018 Global Forum on Development, GAN Executive Director, Shea Gopaul, OECD Director of Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher, and President and CEO of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), Peter Robinson, propose public-private partnerships as effective platforms to further work readiness and skill matching solutions, lifelong learning and reskilling approaches to prepare both employers and employees for the changing world of work. Read more on their thought leadership on this topic.
Raising Awareness, Sharing and Exploring Collaboration with Existing and Potential Future GAN National Networks (GNNs) during the International Labour Conference (ILC)
We are truly honoured to have been invited by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to present this year during the ILC, where the GAN encouraged business and employer organizations from across the globe to join its Global Apprenticeship Movement, in support of its mission to promote "Skills for Business, Jobs for Youth". Marking its fourth year at the ILC, this year, the GAN showcased the progress we've made in collaboration with our members and partners in over a dozen countries and several industries, with large and small companies, and stakeholders from public and private sectors. Thanks to the support and commitment of our members and partners, we were able to update employers from more than 150 countries around the globe on the progress we made.
During the conference, we hosted a side-event where representatives from our local networks, and other interested ILC participants joined us for an interactive, design-thinking workshop, taking away with them new ideas for motivating action by key stakeholders in their countries to improve systems that support work-readiness programs, including apprenticeship. With the presence of about 30 participants from companies and employers from Costa Rica, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Sri Lanka, Poland, Spain, and Guatemala, GNN participants were encouraged to share motivating stories on how their work has made an impact on the ground. Innovative ideas at a country level to continue the movement on raising awareness around apprenticeship were shared. Common viewpoints that all countries agree on include leveraging social media as a cost effective way to build networks, and working with local government to understand legislation, so apprenticeship-friendly policies can be promoted. We welcomed the Employers Federation of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), as our 12th national network at a signing ceremony during the workshop. And, we were thrilled to bring our member Nestlé together with GNNs from Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico with partners from the ILO and OECD to explore collaboration on common initiatives in the region.
GAN Promotes Innovations in Apprenticeship with the ILO, JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the OECD
Governments, social partners, international and multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society, as well as academic experts and practitioners came together in Geneva on 4-5 July to share and promote innovative approaches to apprenticeships responding to contemporary challenges at global, regional and national levels. At the event, a survey of best practices “The ILO Survey Report on the National Initiatives to Promote Quality Apprenticeships in G20 Countries” was launched. Notably, employers agreed that there is a strong business case for adopting apprenticeship and young global leaders presented the outcome of the workshop to over 100 stakeholders. Some of the innovations in apprenticeship include member company Microsoft tapping into its supply chain to reach over 10,000 youngsters for training opportunities.
Spotlight on Upcoming Event - Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Employer Roundtable: Redefining Work-Based Learning in a Changing World of Work
The 2018 GYEO Employer Roundtable will bring together industry leaders for a half-day convening to begin building consensus around how to accelerate work-based learning, reduce overall costs, and simplify the process for work-based learning programs. Connect and network with industry peers and gain new insights on the benefits of work-based learning (WBL) such as, how to access qualified, work-ready job candidates; improve recruitment; reduce costs of training for entry-level staff; and strengthen retention rates for young hires. RSVP
Global Campaign Update
Stay tuned for more updates from us on how to join our upcoming global awareness campaign. As the ideation phase #Vesuvius comes to a close, GAN Global is now focusing on next steps pulling in national networks and members to collectively show how #WeAreTheChange. Currently, we are working on a playbook for our national networks and members to join the campaign, engaging them with regular webinars for updates, and in consultation with member companies and partners to leverage our global networks. In addition, we have been hosting a series of webinars with our national networks to leverage their stories for this campaign.