Tech-Career

Tech-Career
Program Name: 
Closing the Digital Gap - Empowering Ethiopian Israeli Young Adults
Grant Year: 
2015
Grant Type: 
Israel
Grant Amount: 
$200,000
Interest Area: 
Economic Development
Grant Purpose: 

The Closing the Digital Gap - Empowering Ethiopian Israeli Young Adults program supports a comprehensive vocational technology training and placement program for 80 Ethiopian Israeli young adults ages 21-30 per year.

Description: 

In Israel today, Ethiopian Israelis are confronted with many obstacles that deter their integration into society as a whole and into the high-tech sector in particular. In spite of high motivation levels, only 9% of Ethiopian Israeli soldiers are chosen to receive any technological or professional training in the army, which decreases their chances of attaining high level positions in the army and joining the high-tech sector post-army. Additionally, only 24% of Ethiopian Israelis attain a high school matriculation diploma and therefore cannot gain access to a university-level education.