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:   Ewa Staworzynska

Director, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs
Tel: 212.703.5056

Ewa Staworzynska is USCIB’s Director of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs. Staworzynska brings to USCIB her extensive policy experience from both public and private sectors. Prior to joining USCIB, she led DoorDash’s policy efforts in international markets and was in charge of diplomatic relations. Before her position at DoorDash, Staworzynska was an officer at the International Labor Organization (ILO), where she worked multilaterally to advance support for decent work and related policies at UN headquarters. Staworzynska began her career in New York working for a real estate start-up. Staworzynska will be based in USCIB’s New York office and will work with Jose Arroyo, USCIB policy associate on corporate responsibility and labor affairs, on a wide range of issues, including human rights and industrial policy, responsible business conduct, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was born and raised in Norway and has a B.A. in Economics and M.A. in International Relations, with a specialty in International Business, from New York University.
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