2021 was a challenging year, but we continued to work tirelessly to ensure that all Israeli citizens can live in dignity. We’re proud to share some recent highlights of our work:
Securing unemployment benefits totaling 600 million NIS for 40,000 people who were previously ineligible
We campaigned together with 24 other civil society organizations, and hundreds of activists, to demand unemployment benefits for people who’d been dismissed from their jobs in the wake of COVID-19. These people were recipients of disability, old age, and income supplement benefits, and were not receiving full unemployment benefits, even though they needed them the most.
Ensuring that some 70,000 older workers who had lost their jobs received government grants amounting to 1.4 billion NIS
Through a combination of public campaigning and policy advocacy, we convinced the government to provide monthly grants to newly unemployed people above the age of 67.
Gaining a large-scale government investment in vocational training programs for the unemployed
As a result of our successful advocacy, the Knesset approved the allocation of one billion NIS in funding to much-needed vocational training programs for some 100,000 jobless people.
Most of the models for quality vocational training that we developed and presented to the government were adopted
The Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Finance adopted the models that we developed for conducting vocational training and upskilling programs for jobless workers. Among other things, our models simplify bureaucratic processes, shift the running of programs away from government agencies to quality training institutions, bring in employers as invested partners, and integrate ongoing monitoring and evaluation.
Making sure that participants in vocational training programs receive full unemployment benefits
In response to our advocacy efforts, the government suspended the statutory cut of 30% in unemployment benefits for laid-off workers who participate in vocational programs.
The Ministry of Labor approved and launched a new track for vocational training that we initiated as part of our Springboard program
The "Green Track" enables employers and training institutions to receive full government funding for vocational training programs that they initiate and develop. This is a significant milestone that will lead to more high-quality training programs and better employment opportunities for tens of thousands of participants each year.
Synchronizing the activity of government employment bodies
As part of our Springboard program, we successfully lobbied to ensure that all government employment bodies would work together under the auspices of the Ministry of the Economy. This is a huge step in ensuring a real and impactful investment in Israel’s workforce and unemployed population.
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