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The Global Apprenticeship Network (Gan) is Friday expected to host a meeting at the 2017 World Economic Forum as part of its global effort to build skills for business and create jobs for youth.

The World Economic Forum is an annual meeting which brings together political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Chief Executives forming part of the Gan Network are at the meeting expected to share views on wide ranging issues including innovative apprentices hip models, collaboration and partnerships to promote apprenticeship.

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Gan sees the meeting as an opportunity to share the coalition’s work with others in the global effort to promote apprenticeship and work-readiness programmes as an effective tool in tackling youth unemployment and increasing employability.

Last year, Malawi made history when it became the first country in Africa to launch the Gan Network in Africa.

Gan is a coalition of leading companies committed to end youth unemployment and skills mismatch by investing in work-based training.

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The Gan Malawi Network provide, employers with an opportunity to advocate for conducive environment to accommodate young people in different organisations to give them necessary skills for employability.

The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam), the local representative of the Gan network in the country is working hand in hand with the Gan to put in place a platform that can contribute to the fight to end youth unemployment and promote business skills for them.

Ecam is currently engaging government as part of the process to establish the Network in Malawi.

Ecam is lobbying for infrastructural development targeting technical colleges, a sector it has identified as being key to addressing unemployment levels.

The National Statistical Office last reported unemployment at 21 percent.

Ecam is considering government as a key player in the programme following a similar initiative in which government is pioneering the establishment of community colleges in all the districts of the country seeking to impart technical skills to the country’s youth.

Ecam Executive Director, Beyani Munthali, earlier said the network already held talks with Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development to share ideas on how the two sides can work together to create more employment opportunities.

Munthali said industry is forced to turn down people with technical qualifications because of concerns of infrastructure and training shortfalls associated with institutions offering technical education.

But he said with the right interventions, technical education could be used as a tool to bridge the gap between those looking for employment and employment opportunities available.

In 2015, Gan National Networks were launched in Turkey, Indonesia, Spain and Argentina, with Malawi becoming the first country to launch the network in Africa.

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