We will work with members, partners, and governments to promote WBL innovations during and beyond the impact of sudden pandemics. We will leverage technology and the tools to ensure that our messages, evidence base and good practices are shared across countries, industries, target groups and stakeholders.

Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN)

Geneva, Switzerland
Network or association
Established : 2014
Education and COVID-19 Response


Support the equitable continuation of learning
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensure a full and fair return to education
Following the pandemic
Strengthen learning systems
For the future
Close digital divides and enhance connectivity for education

We can leverage and tap into our powerful and extensive network of thought leaders, CEOs and policymakers who are in the frontlines of training and employment, and who have been leveraging digital resources and platforms to ensure continuity of WBL during COVID-19. We will promote digital skilling in the workplace through our multi-stakeholder network, who are represented by various sectors and countries. We pledge to expose and leverage those in our network who are thought leaders and pioneers of digital skilling in the field of work-based learning, employment and training, through content and communications, and sharing best practices.

Regional Focus

Europe and North America

Countries of Interest

Belgium, Bangladesh, Australia


GAN Global is a business-driven, multi-sector alliance that promotes work-based learning (WBL), including apprenticeship, as a way to overcome the skills mismatch and achieve a future of work that provides decent and sustainable employment opportunities for all. We do this by encouraging businesses to implement WBL programmes and advocating with governments for an enabling policy environment.

On supporting the equitable continuation of learning during COVID-19, we are updating relevant resources on the GAN Global Coronavirus Information Power Page, which includes activity links with partners and members, including the ILO, UNESCO and free Microsoft digital training and tools for non-profits. As part of a series of GAN hosted COVID-19 and work-based learning webinars, we brought together members, partners, and networks to assess the impact on various groups. Many of the points in this discussion also raised the point of how to ensure a full and fair return to WBL opportunities after the pandemic.

The recordings, thought pieces can be found on our homepage at www.gan-global.org, along with the Coronavirus power page. The topics of the webinars are as follows:

WBL Innovations and Solutions to COVID-19
Digital Skilling in the Time of COVID-19: Innovations and Outreach
Youth Training and Employment in the Time of COVID-19

Action areas

Learner Wellbeing

Learning opportunities

Universal Connectivity

Strengthen infrastructure to expand the reach of connectivity

Digital Learning Content

Establish and expand repositories of learning resources

Capacity Development

Capacity development to strengthen system resilience and response to future shocks

Advocacy and Communication

Outreach to parents and communities on the right to education
Assess the short-term impact of educational disruption

Primary Contact

Ms. Nazrene Mannie

Executive Director

Senior Contact

Ms. Nazrene Mannie

Executive Director