Context

The 2018 Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) Board Meeting, takes place in London on 12 November. Bringing together its member CEOs, heads of international and business and employer organisations, it is a high-profile opportunity to build on the momentum of the global apprenticeship movement and the cross-cutting discussions in the UK about skills development.

 

A timely discussion

Topics being hotly discussed today are incentives, labour market skills gaps and access to talent, accessible training programmes while ensuring inclusive and diverse workforces, and how to engage SMEs in setting up high-quality apprenticeships. Moderated by Claire Paul, BBC, the meeting is open to 80 practitioners in a panel style format with keynotes from CEOs and Executives (Shea Gopaul, GAN; Viswas Raghavan, J.P. Morgan; Alex Fleming, The Adecco Group; Thomas D. Meyer, Accenture; Stephen Cassidy, Hilton; Johnny C. Taylor, SHRM; Anthony Impey MBE, Optimity and FSB; Mark Dawe, AELP), Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London, and Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

 

Event objectives

  • Showcase apprenticeships and work-readiness programmes as strategic investments and a means to overcome the skills gap and create a thriving economy with resilient communities.

  • Demonstrate the opportunities apprenticeships provide to access and develop a broader pool of talent.

  • Explore the challenges and solutions to creating apprenticeships within SMEs, including the role larger companies can play in opening up apprenticeship opportunities to their supply chain.

  • Highlight the emerging role of intermediaries as key players in developing innovative apprenticeship programmes.

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