Skills Training and Employment

Israel has one of the highest underemployment rates in the developed world.

Israel today boasts one of the world’s most dynamic economies and one of the most diverse populations. Yet, it also has the second largest gap between the rich and poor: 1.8 million men, women and children live below the poverty line and 39% of Israelis find it difficult to live on their current income.

The strong correlation between education and employment extends across religion and gender; the fewer years of school, the lower the employment rate. Specific social problems, including poverty and discrimination, have obstructed access and opportunity. 

All adults living in Israel should feel that they have the ability to support their children both emotionally and financially. This year, the Federation is supporting six programs that offer vocational training in technology, engineering, and design, and open doors to securing lasting employment opportunities. 

Challenges the Ethiopian Community Faces Today

Family size, employment, and education have contributed to major gaps in economic status between Ethiopian Israelis and the general population, resulting in poverty rates being much higher among Ethiopian Israeli families and children when compared to the general Jewish population.