About Gan New Zealand

Advocating for work-based learning and apprenticeships

Our Story

In 2012, G20 government and B20 business leaders called for the closing of the skills gap and promotion of employment, especially for youth. From this call-to-action, GAN was born. Established in 2013 in Switzerland, the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) was founded by multinational companies and international organizations. Since then, GAN has expanded its core focus beyond apprenticeships for youth, to include work-based learning for all segments of the workforce.

GAN New Zealand was launched in 2020 to embed the GAN concept in New Zealand. COVID-19 has brought skills and training to the forefront of COVID recovery efforts, and we see work-based learning as the key to retain and reskill the working population to meet the skills and employment challenges we are facing.

Alongside that, New Zealand is also embarking on major structural change as part of the New Zealand government’s reforms of vocational education. GAN New Zealand will be a genuinely pan-sector network, to support capability-building in the system, capture best practices and support strong industry engagement

What We Do?

GAN’s primary role is to encourage businesses to implement work-based learning programmes, including apprenticeships, and to support the creation of an enabling policy environment.



with governments to improve the policy environment for enabling workplace learning 



peer-to-peer sharing of industry best practices and learning; and 



innovative models through our members, networks and in-country activities. 

We believe that by aligning skill-training practices with actual labour market demands through work-based learning, we will enable business, people and communities to thrive in a rapidly changing world of work.

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