2 October 2017
The question of whether the pivotal players in the field of vocational skills can do more to open up avenues for talented young people to succeed will be at the center of discussion and debate at WorldSkills Conference 2017.
On the sidelines of the world’s largest skills competition, which will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 14-19 October, the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) will host a sector-spanning discussion focusing on what has succeeded in advancing skills development around the world, where gaps remain, and how they can be bridged.
The session, entitled ‘Enabling a generation to work: innovative approaches to tackle youth unemployment’, reflects the goal of GAN, a coalition of global companies, employer federations and international organizations dedicated to addressing the skills mismatch and youth unemployment, and enabling provision of work-readiness training that ensures young people have the skills that businesses need. Launched as an 'action-driven' initiative by the G20 forum and its business-focused arm, B20, in 2013, it was tasked with promoting “skills for business and jobs for youth”, chiefly through apprenticeships.