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Cabinet approves wide-ranging plan to boost tech workforce

Prime Minister Yair Lapid leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 11, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 11, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The cabinet approves a new governmental plan to boost Israel’s tech workforce, with an emphasis on recruitment in the underrepresented Haredi and Arab sectors.

The plan includes new programming in schools around the country focusing on technical and digital proficiency, a goal of adding 4,500 tech workers from the Arab sector and 2,500 from the ultra-Orthodox, recruiting tech workers from overseas — including both those eligible under the Law of Return and foreign experts, and working to boost the number of university students studying tech.

“We are committed to dramatically strengthening the Israeli high-tech market,” says Prime Minister Yair Lapid. “High-tech education from a young age, as well as expanding representation and roles, are essential steps. This is right morally and it is right economically.”

Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton says that “exposing kindergarten-age children to innovation, technology and spoken English, alongside a new plan for middle schools, is important in making the field more accessible to all Israeli children, and will assist in reducing gaps and creating equal opportunities.”

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