The Global Apprentice Network (GAN) is a business-driven alliance that promotes work-based learning and apprenticeships across multiple sectors as a way to bridge the gap between the skills people have and the skills employers need.
GAN empowers people, businesses and communities to thrive in a world of transformation by delivering workplace education and training to align skills with the demands of the labour market.
GAN New Zealand has been established to:
- Strengthen companies’ and organisations’ engagement in apprenticeships.
- Share the best practices in the areas of apprenticeships, mentoring and on-the-job training
- Encourage effective knowledge sharing programmes and partnerships from GAN’s network of committed local and global companies and organisations.
Our focus areas:
Despite some recent encouraging trends, women are underrepresented in a number of trades areas. GAN New Zealand’s hosting organisation, Skills, has been part of a three-year research programme in New Zealand to understand the barriers to participation in traditionally male-dominated trades, and we believe the perception issues highlighted by the research can provide valuable insights to others, as well as continue to effectively advocate for much-needed change.
Equity and achievement
While there are persistent achievement gaps between Māori and non-Māori across New Zealand’s Education system, Tertiary Education Commission data shows these gaps are observed least in employer-led traineeships and apprenticeships. This finding is a testament to the effectiveness of work-based learning, standing alongside the substantial range of evidence we are able to offer the global network on what has worked to improve the participation and achievement of priority learner groups, and sustain these outcomes.
Welcome from GAN Chair, Laurent Freixe
GAN New Zealand is the 16th country network of the Global Apprenticeship Network. Laurent Freixe, CEO of Nestle Zone Americas and Chair of GAN Global, shared his personal welcome at the GAN NZ launch on November 12th, while addressing the continued importance of workforce development and preparing our youth to enter the labour market.
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