GAN Network activities

In June 2019, we a hosted a peer-to-peer learning exchange bringing colleagues from Costa Rica, Argentina and Kenya[1] to visit local member companies and institutions. When moving to upper secondary school, Swiss youth can either enrol in a high school (pre-university), or they can opt for vocational training, mostly in three or four-year dual programmes combining classroom with workplace training at a host company. More on this unique exchange here.

GAN Costa Rica

Strengthening its commitment to promote social justice, GAN Costa Rica joined the regional network of companies against child labour, Red de empresas contra el trabajo infantile, through its collaboration with UCCAEP, the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector. According to UNICEF[3], more than 151.6 million children are victims of child labor, and almost half of them are exploited in the worst forms, such as slavery, trafficking, forced labor or recruitment for armed conflicts. In Latin America, almost 16% of children work.

As part of it school to work transition activities, GAN Costa Rica hosted a workshop on talent management as part of its Talento para Crecer program, with Japp.Jobs. The program aims to help small and medium enterprises develop placements for interns and apprentices and advises on students’ health care and work risks. In addition, GAN Costa Rica partnered with the University of Costa Rica, and the multinational company Belcorp, to host an event for recent graduates to guide them into finding their first job. In this activity, students were advised on how to build their resume and prepare for an interview.