The "Springboard" – Partnership for Investment in the Workforce of the Future

To ensure that Israelis who are not enrolled in higher education can access high quality vocational training that will increase their income and employment opportunities.

Since most Israelis who lack tertiary education come from the social and geographical periphery and marginalized groups, high-quality vocational training can boost their advancement prospects and social mobility. That will contribute to higher productivity, growth and standard of living in the Israeli society as a whole.

To achieve this goal, we propose a comprehensive reform of government vocational training programs.

We will advance this reform by engaging decision makers, both civil servants and elected officials, and by catalyzing a public debate that will move this issue to the top of the national agenda. requesting a change in the public perception of the importance of the issue.

Currently, there is unmet demand for tens of thousands of skilled workers in the Israeli labor market.

Even when the economy was in full employment, prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, many workers were stuck in low-wage jobs without prospects of advancement. One third of employed Israelis earn less than the minimum wage, and the monthly median wage is only NIS 8,000 ($2,300). At the same time, the labor market is in the midst of a far-reaching transformation: many professions are disappearing, and new occupations emerge. Because of an inherent market failure, private enterprises cannot provide all the necessary resources for training. At the same time, government investment is focused almost exclusively on the higher education system. Non-academic training is inaccessible for those who work in unskilled jobs, and the few spots that exist are allocated for those who are outside the labor market altogether. Without expanded and more effective investment in worker skills, long term growth in productivity and living standards will be hampered, and recovery from the Covid-19 crisis will be significantly slower.

Specific Objectives

Building support for increased investment in training based on these findings

Implementation of a government study demonstrating the pilot’s effectiveness

Implementation of a government pilot program (or programs) based on these new principles

Building broad support among stakeholders, decision makers, and the general public for our reform agenda

Building broad support among stakeholders, decision makers, and the general public for our reform agenda

Implementation of a government pilot program (or programs) based on these new principles

Implementation of a government study demonstrating the pilot’s effectiveness

Building support for increased investment in training based on these findings

Our theory of change

We believe that if various stakeholders interested in vocational training, including both business and civil society, combine their forces in a partnership that acts strategically and professionally, they can apply significant pressure on decision makers, including both civil servants and elected officials. In response to this pressure, decision makers will endorse and implement the reform and expanded investment in worker training that we are proposing. This reform will produce a public system that will offer a wide range of courses that maintain their relevance in a period of rapid changes in the labor marketplace and meet employers’ demand for diverse and up-to-date skills.

Beneficiaries

Higher wage skilled workers whose occupation is endangered due to automation and other changes and need to transition to a new occupation.

Low wage skilled workers who want to increase their income and improve their skills.

People over the age of 18 who are entering the workforce for the first time, or are re-entering it after a significant absences, and want to acquire a profession.

Funding Partners

קרן רשי
ויצו העולמית
צורים יוצרים מציאות
קרן ביחד
קרן פידליו

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