Updated: Oct 9, 2019
It is always a special day when GAN can announce a new partnership and today is no exception! We started working with Eidos in 2018, when they were chairing the Y20 in Argentina and our paths have crossed multiple times since.
GAN is a business-driven, multisector alliance determined to fuse education and employment through work-based learning for people, businesses and communities to continuously “future proof” their skills and competencies and thrive in a transforming world of work. As such, we feel that Eidos, an organisation that seeks to find new ways to help people acquire the skills they need to thrive in the future of life and work and become the best version of themselves, is a strong and relevant voice that will help us in our mission. To announce this partnership, we had the pleasure of interviewing Agustín Alejandro Batto Carol, CEO of Eidos Global.
Based on Eidos’ experience, what public policies are key to create a win-win collaboration between companies and youth?
On the one hand, we are convinced that governments shouldn’t only focus on “the” transition from school to work, but also on the many transitions that young people will go through during their lives. It is forecasted that this generation will have between 7 and 9 jobs, and change from industry to industry between 2 and 4 times. With this in mind, promoting lifelong learning in the educational system is definitely one of the key enablers that will help both companies and young people to constantly adapt to this process.
From the Eidos point of view, we need to keep in mind that education shouldn’t be only job-centric and employability related, but really approaching learning as a way to become the best version of yourself.
How will a partnership with GAN support Eidos in achieving the organization’s vision?
The concept of “tribe” is heavily intertwined in Eidos’s culture. We believe that active collaboration and articulation between organizations (both from the public, private or NGO sector) holds the key to the systemic, meaningful and lasting changes we need to make as a global community.
In your view, what is the most essential contribution employers can make towards solving the skills mismatch?
As a community on itself, employers hold a lot of power and influence, not only over their own teams, but on the system itself. I believe the first biggest contribution employers can make (on a macro level) is to unite, agree on, lobby and push forward for a common agenda on initiatives related to skills. Their united force could be a catalyst that sets in motion a systemic change of the public sector and shift the education and employment ministerial agenda. Stopping work in silos and finding power in the community can really make a difference.
On the other hand (and on a more micro level), I think internally employers need to realise that investing on up and re-skilling is not really an option. It’s a necessity. And that if they want to make a real commitment to not leave anyone behind and profit from all of the benefits the future of work has to offer, they need to change the way they have been approaching training and learning itself. Focusing on people, skills and lifelong learning has become a must.
And last but not least, we’re always looking for inspiration. What do you feel is Eidos’ most important achievement?
Fernanda, an Argentinian young mother of 2 kids , unemployed, after coming to one of our programs (Plan Azurduy) that empowers young moms with employability, socioemotional and tech skills, after completing the program has found a job (and a new career) in a major tech company as a tester.
Spandana, from the UAE, a young social entrepreneur, after participating in the first cohort of the “Social Innovation Warehouse” (a platform and capacity building program for young entrepreneurs worldwide), received a grant of 50K to develop a platform that will help “blue-collar” workers find a decent job transition.
I’m sharing these stories because this are what we consider our biggest achievements: people who live better lives or can now change the lives of others. At the end of the day, that is our ultimate dream: a world in which anyone is left behind, where everyone has the skills and opportunities to become whatever they dream to be and the best version of themselves.