Updated: Mar 26, 2020

GAN Argentina[i]

GAN Argentina’s exemplary work could not have happened without the commitment and drive of its former Coordinator, Cecilia Sleiman. We’re sad to see her go but excited for her new journey as the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Republic of Argentina. We thank Cecilia for her service and wish her the best of luck in her new role!”  

We welcome on board GAN Argentina’s new Coordinator, Paola Cleri. Paola has more than 15 years of experience in international cooperation, working as a consultant for the Industrial Union of Argentina (UIA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Agribusiness, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (UN), among other international institutions. We are looking forward to working with you, Paola. Welcome to the team!

In February, GAN Argentina awarded certificates to the participants of its second edition of the Training of Trainers (ToT), an activity realised with the Argentine-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Argentina) and the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), back in December 2019. For many of the newly awarded recipients who represent various businesses and organizations, this is their first time managing youth on boarding in the workplace. The course and certification provides an important knowledge framework facilitating the creation of a favourable work environment for all who participated.

Congratulations to the second batch of trainers who received their certificates!


“The seminar provides educational training strategies within the scope of the company, helping tutors in their role of mentor. Specific knowledge is essential but many times it is more important to know how to select the right tool to transmit it. Proper planning of apprenticeship training is essential to give visibility inside and outside the organization.”

- Lucas Saclier. Systems Engineer, Software Engineering Specialist, UTN Buenos Aires and Professor of Industrial Disciplines, AHK Argentina

The seminar showed me the importance of generating a content guide for all sectors so that young people can help in different activities. Moreover, I think that what most added value to my future relationship with the students, is for them to see that the person who has the task of being their Tutor has also received a training to accompany them in a responsible way. The course had the extra value of being taught by someone who has the knowledge of being a youth educator, as much of the success with young people in work-based learning practices has to do with the connection. It is essential that they see that the Tutor who leads them has the right tools to share during these important years of training.”

- Silvina Yanson, Foreign Trade Area Manager, Aceros 21

GAN Costa Rica

Back in September 2019, GAN Costa Rica hosted a TEDXZapote talk on lifelong learning. The event was attended by more than 400 vulnerable youth from the country, including youth from marginalised communities, refugees and migrants. Costa Rican and international speakers focused on opportunities that work-based learning can provide for individuals and their communities. Click on the video below to learn more about how lifelong learning has impacted one individual from a rural community in Costa Rica and check out her testimonial below.

How has GAN Costa Rica impacted my life?

“My name is Jennifer and I come from a rural community in the north of Costa Rica. I have always loved studying and constantly learning something new. Throughout my life that thirst for learning has allowed me to have many opportunities.

I remember that when I was in school, I saw the airplanes taking off and dreamed of one day being able to travel in one. Not just for the new places I could visit, but because of something else. For me, traveling meant getting a step closer to ending hunger or giving access to quality education to children in rural communities like me.

Those were the reasons why I chose my career. I see it as a space that allows me to develop the skills I need to make an impact. But even then, I understood I needed more, a microphone or an amplifier that could project my voice and my achievements as a young woman from a rural area, so that other young people with ​​low incomes like me could see what they can reach.

GAN Costa Rica, though TEDxZapote gave me that opportunity. I felt so privileged to be able to raise my voice and through my story tell them: yes you can! My work with communities made me feel sure that I had a story to tell and that my work was valuable. The experience of sharing my story and the stage with such important speakers from different parts of the world was amazing. They welcomed me as one of them, and even offered me their contact for future projects. That has been an invaluable incentive in the construction process of my dream of having a positive impact in the world.”

- Jennifer Torres

GAN Australia

On 12 March, GAN Australia hosted its annual apprenticeship luncheon for members bringing together over 130 stakeholders representing Group Training, training providers, and other VET stakeholders to engage with Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Hon Steve Irons MP and former Member for the Australian Labour Party, Hon Jenny Macklin MP on the current and future directions of VET and apprenticeships in Australia.

[i] For Argentina and Costa Rica, funding is provided by the USDOL under cooperative agreement number IL-29557-16-75-K-1. This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies on the USDOL, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.


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