Global Apprenticeship Network Makes Strides Against Youth Unemployment

Youth EmploymentFounded last year in response to the global youth unemployment crisis, the Global Apprenticeships Network (GAN) is a coalition of companies that offers apprenticeships to young workers and shares youth employment best practices with other companies and labor administrations.

Developed jointly by USCIB’s affiliate networks – the International Organization of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD – the GAN aims to create job opportunities for young people and ensure that businesses can tap employees with the right skills for the future.

Last week, the GAN took an important step forward by becoming an independent non-profit Swiss association. The IOE appointed José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chief Operating Officer of Telefónica, as the network’s chairman.

“I am honoured to take on the role of chair of the GAN and very committed to leading this association,” said Álvarez-Pallete. “Our vision is that corporations – big and small – can work together to address the difficult education-to-work transition faced by young people when they access the labor market.”

The GAN is committed to advocating work readiness programs by sharing best practices, establishing GAN National Networks with employer federations and developing practical toolkits.

Read more on the IOE website.

Staff contact: Ariel Meyerstein

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Staff Contact:   Gabriella Rigg Herzog

VP, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs
Tel: 212.703.5056

Gabriella Rigg Herzog leads USCIB policy and programs on corporate responsibility, international labor standards and corporate governance. She manages USCIB engagement with its affiliated organizations, U.S. government agencies, and United Nations agencies on international corporate responsibility principles, codes of conduct and multi-stakeholder initiatives, as well as international and transnational regulatory activities on labor and employment policies, sustainable development and corporate governance.
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