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Strategic Objective 2 – Develop the Employment Market in the Digital Age

The modern employment market in the digital age faces significant challenges owing to decreased employment security, increasingly intensive competition for jobs, and accelerated technological developments changing the structure of the economy and as a result the nature of the demand for workers. 

Therefore, adapting the Israeli employment market to these challenges is of great importance and will have a fundamental impact on the local labor force. Comprehensive and optimal development of the employment market in Israel, and its ability to adapt to the rapid development processes it faces, will ensure a competitive, skilled and high quality labor force in Israel, and will be able to respond to a wide range of employment opportunities.

Adapting the employment market in Israel to these challenges has to do with both improved worker skills and expanding employment opportunities. Skills required of workers in the digital age include familiarity with basic computer applications (e.g. using Microsoft Office and searching the Internet), alongside training professional workers in IT fields (programming, managing information systems and IT applications) and in digital fields (user experience designers, product managers and product specification writers, data analysts, social media specialists, etc.). Increasingly, more training courses for these positions can be conducted using online learning tools and digital platforms. Furthermore, bridging distance, time and access barriers, made possible using modern digital tools, will support expanding professional opportunities to workers in Israel. Thus, for example, use of digital tools for remote working will enable persons to work from home at hours convenient to them, opening positions previously closed to them.

Development of the employment market in the digital age will be carried out by addressing four key areas:

  • Adapting digital skills in the education system, academia and the labor force to the modern employment market
  • Increasing the use of online occupational training
  • Expanding employment options in the digital age by removing distance barriers
  • Qualify professional workers in digital and ICT fields

> Programming and Robotics in the Curriculum

As of the 2016 school year, hundreds of 4th grade pupils participated in Education Ministry programming and robotics classes as part of
a program that will accompany them up to the 9th grade.

In the 2017 school year, pupils beginning 4th grade joined the program that was expanded to about 300 additional schools.

 

> Establish an Ed.il Community
Led by the Ministry of Economy and Industry, and in cooperation with the Education Ministry, an inter-sector digital innovation community was established in the educational field.

The community conducts gatherings, hackathons and competitions in the education field with the participation of teachers, parents, pupils, educators and Ed-Tech. entrepreneurs.

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