The Histadrut has introduced a new educational project aimed at subsidizing educational and vocational training programs to members. The project will allow workers who are Histadrut members to access academic and non-academic courses at a discount, in an attempt to help those whose return to the labor market has been affected by the pandemic.

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“In all my years as a worker and union leader, I have always believed in the possibilities offered by education, both in terms of personal and professional development,” said Arnon Bar David, chairman of the Histadrut. “As the head of Israel’s largest union, I am proud to launch this project, which will offer easy and accessible courses, and help workers improve and develop their skills.”


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According to Bar David, one of the goals of the project is to help those workers who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis adapt to the labor market by offering affordable professional training. The project will offer a wide range of subsidized vocational training, together with more general courses. Fees will be subsidized for Histadrut members at rates up to 60%.

The project also aims to  help younger workers, who have been particularly hurt by the effects of the coronavirus, take their first steps in a challenging labor market, by subsidizing undergraduate degrees in a range of subjects. The program will also offer courses aimed toward workers nearing retirement age, with a range of classes on preparing and planning for life after retirement.

For younger members who are just entering the labor market, the program offers subsidized degrees in engineering, design and programming. For workers looking to improve their skills and their odds of finding a new job after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus, the program will offer English language training, finance management, accounting, and electrical training.

“The labor market is becoming more and more technology-based, and so we have a duty to help our members adapt to that environment,” said Miri Shetach, the project manager. “This means that workers must continue to invest in training. I believe that by making academic and non-academic courses more affordable, we are doing a great service to our members."