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Skills development has become necessary in the developing labor market, certainly for those who want to allow themselves professional leadership. Training Committee for the High-Tech World • Service CEO, Rami Graur: "We provide solutions to the challenges of every job seeker"

The job market is undergoing processes of change and becoming increasingly digital.

These are significant, even dramatic, changes, to the point that many employment researchers believe that 14% of the professions we know will not survive the transition to the future market, and 32% of the professions will change beyond recognition.

"After the corona crisis," explains Dr. Gal Zohar, director of the employment service's research and policy department, "as more and more companies have made remote work a routine thing, the future labor market is actually already here."

It is too early to chart the future professions clearly, but Dr. Ofir Pinto, the service's VP of Planning and Research, clarifies that "it is clear to us that the necessary condition for Israel's optimal transition to the future labor market is in shifting focus from professions to skills."

According to him, in a dynamic market the ability to move from profession to profession is critical, so it is important to cultivate soft skills that will enable leadership.

"Digital skills, command of the country and English, expressiveness, quantitative thinking, creativity, critique and problem solving in a complex environment - this is the necessary foundation for any worker in the future market," the two clarify. The transition to the economy of the future. "

This insight was internalized in the employment service and assimilated into the work processes even before the Corona crisis, and even more so during and after it.

As an expression of this, join the service for trends that characterize other employment services in OECD countries, in which the service maps the skills of job seekers, examines their suitability for future market requirements, directs them to the required improvement paths and offers them courses, workshops and trainings designed to improve, strengthen and adapt To the changing market.

Since the outbreak of the crisis, and in the shadow of three closures, the Employment Service has put in place a long list of programs and activities aimed at improving and strengthening the skills of job seekers.

During this period more than one hundred thousand job seekers were referred for personal training, most of them from the northern and southern periphery.

Beyond that, the service offers a series of courses for digital literacy, strengthening soft skills and improving language skills - most of which are available online on the service website and have become popular in the past year.

In 2020 alone, and as a result of the active referral of job seekers by the service, there were 2.3 million visits to the employment service website for the purpose of online courses to strengthen digital skills, language and soft skills. About 391,000 entries were registered for the "Excel for Beginners" course, about 262,000 for "Business English", about 180,000 for "Photoshop for Beginners", about 180,000 for "WordPress", more than 155,000 for "Placing and Achieving" Targets ", about 155,000 for" sponsored advertising on Facebook "and 126,000 entries for the" Advanced Excel "course - an increase of thousands of percent compared to 2019, pre-Corona. "This is exactly the time," say the employment service, "to join the success and enrich the knowledge through a variety of digital courses on our site."

In addition to this variety, the service offers dozens of courses - online and frontal - for training in high-tech professions in collaboration with government, business and civic bodies.

The purpose of these courses, beyond strengthening skills, is to integrate more and more job seekers, and from a variety of groups in the population, into the high-tech industry.

Rami Graur, CEO of the Employment Service. "The future market is already here, no one is left behind", Photo: Shlomi Amsalem, GPO

Identifying employment barriers and removing them through strengthening the skills required for the future labor market, characterize service work in recent years, and among other things, the method is implemented through "employment circles". This program, established in 2014, helps job seekers claiming income security to return optimally to the workforce, while strengthening the scope of their skills. This program, which led to a reduction in the number of income support claimants from 120,000 in 2014 to only 60,000 on the eve of the corona, has been significantly expanded since the outbreak of the crisis and the number of participants increased by 203 percent during 2020 - from 15,881 in 2019 to 32,313. Beyond that, the service has also initiated the "Employment Plus" program, which helps strengthen skills among multi-barrier income assurance plaintiffs.

The emphasis in both programs, as in other service activation programs, is on strengthening the skills of job seekers.

"The Corona crisis has accelerated processes that have begun in recent years," clarifies Service CEO Rami Grauer, "so the future market is already here.

We do not leave anyone behind, and provide customized solutions to the challenges of each job seeker in order to allow him optimal integration in the labor market - one that will help him persevere in the new market and advance in it. " 

The future is already here

Moshe Nissim, Director of the Northern District of the Employment Service

The science fiction genre, which depicts humanity in the future, accompanies us since the middle of the last century with films, series and books, which touched on the world of employment and invited us to sail imaginatively on work from home and extinct professions.

The limitation of the futuristic genre is that it is difficult to feel it, and as a result to prepare for it or treat it as something relevant to our daily lives.

But with the outbreak of the corona the world changed, the future became real, concrete.

"Online meetings" and "desktop digitization" are no longer academic concepts but an everyday reality, and many of us are already "future" employees.

Moshe Nissim, Director of the Northern District of the Employment Service.

"There is a need to strengthen capabilities and skills for the future labor market," Photo: Spokeswoman for the Employment Service

In the employment context, the changes that have taken place in the last 18 months have forced us to be ready.

True, not all of us are "future workers" and many have not yet returned to work, but almost all of us have experienced something of the future - we celebrated Seder night in zoom, and in this way we also learned, celebrated birthdays, dated and more.

We have learned, in motion, to experience and feel something of the future world of work, and as a result the future is no longer distant and no stranger to us.

What remains is to turn the process that began inevitably by chance, into a managed, directed and professional process - to strengthen our abilities, skills and abilities into the "future" labor market. Right now we have an opportunity for renewal in the Israeli labor market. If the "future" labor market is already here - we will also come to it more vigorously, and with readiness and readiness. The employment service works to optimally return job seekers to the work cycle, helping and encouraging them to persevere and advance in it. This process is done through a long line of tools, programs and frameworks that help job seekers strengthen, update and adapt their job skills and competencies to the new job market.

I call on every citizen in Israel, whether they work or require a job, to contact the employment bureau closest to their home or visit our website and enjoy the range of courses, workshops, training and trainings we have that can help you become a "future worker".

We are here for you.

Our dedicated and professional employees are waiting for you at the 72 employment bureaus.

Together we will turn the crisis into a crisis of birth and renewal.

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Source: israelhayom

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