Working nationwide, ITWorks provides disadvantaged demographics throughout Israel’s periphery with technical training, professional skills and job placement assistance, helping them launch a career in Israel’s thriving hi-tech and communications industry. Although they are 20% of the Israeli population, less than 1% of Arab-Israelis are integrated into the country’s hi-tech and technology industries, and mostly in unskilled positions. In response to the need for a diversified work force and to encourage economic activity from this sector, ITWorks promotes programmes for Arab-Israeli graduates with academic degrees, academic students, and non-degreed low-income adults, providing them with the tools for successful integration and engagement with Israel’s larger social-economy.
With the Prime Minister’s Office, ITWorks implemented its successful Excel HT Employment Track for Arab-Israeli adults with academic degrees, providing them with technological training, professional skills and job placement support – leading to an 83% qualitative job placement success rate.
ITWorks Excel HT Leadership Track for Arab-Israeli, Druze and Circassian academic students addresses the need to create opportunities for Arab students to learn managerial and professional skills while assisting them to enter into dignified and skilled positions in their fields of study. The programme helps to build leadership capacity for students to inspire others in their community to pursue education as a means towards financial self-sufficiency. ITWorks also implements programmes for mixed groups of Arab-Israelis and Jewish adults to promote co-existence and encourage a diversified skilled work force throughout the region.
21 September 2016
Arabs account for 20% of the population, but only 2% of hi-tech employees. “Not even,” IT Works founder and executive director Ifat Baron recently told The Jerusalem Post. IT Works was established in 2006 with the aim of eliminating employment inequity, by helping minority populations in Israel launch careers in the hi-tech and communications industries.
29 February 2016
As it chooses Thai and Chinese workers over local asylum seekers and Palestinians, the government is planning to flood the high-tech market with foreign engineers despite having well-qualified Israel-Arabs who could take those spots.
EVENT REPORT: Creating opportunities in the Start-Up Nation ‒ UK Task Force Lunch Briefing with Ifat Baron
12 April 2013
The UK Task Force was delighted to host Ifat Baron from ITWorks for a lunch briefing and discussion on Tuesday 9 April at the JHub.