Aliyah’s resolutions to address labor shortages



The cabinet approved two government resolutions aimed at reducing labor shortage in high tech and medical professions, including doctors and nurses.

The resolutions, which are supposed to streamline the immigration process for these professionals and encourage them to make their alyah, were put forward by Alyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata. She said immigrants help drive Israel’s economy forward and the government must make full use of this potential.

The first resolution will see the establishment of an inter-ministerial working group to form an operational program to encourage aliyah among potential immigrants with engineering and high-tech qualifications. It will also establish a mechanism to put these professionals in contact with potential employers in Israel even before they have made aliyah.

The workforce is currently short of 13,000 to 20,000 engineers and high technology staff, Aliyah’s ministry said on Sunday, with 60% of tech companies reporting difficulty in hiring suitable staff.

The ministerial task force, made up of representatives from many ministries and economic agencies, will not only seek to encourage Jews in the diaspora with the requisite qualifications to make alyah, but will also attempt to persuade Israeli citizens living abroad with such qualifications to return to the country.

NEW IMMIGRANTS from North America are greeted by a shofar upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport on a special “aliyah flight” on behalf of Nefesh B’Nefesh. (credit: FLASH90)

The placement mechanism to be created by the Aliyah ministry in conjunction with the Jewish Agency will match high-tech aliyah applicants with potential Israeli employers before immigrants arrive in Israel.

High-tech companies will be able to assess these potential employees, and immigrants themselves will be able to secure placements in the relevant companies even before they arrive.

“Immigrants are the best form of growth for the Israeli economy,” Tamano-Shata said. “This resolution will allow thousands of candidates who have expressed interest in aliya to integrate into Israeli industry, which will obtain a skilled and experienced workforce. “

The second resolution will see the establishment of another inter-ministerial committee which, like the resolution on high technology and engineering, will draft a placement program for potential immigrants who are qualified doctors and nurses in cooperation with hospitals and health care providers.

He will also seek to create a web portal in English, Russian, French and Spanish for immigrants in these professions to submit online the documentation necessary to obtain a license in their professions before making their alyah.

The regulations for submitting license applications will be translated into the same languages ​​to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic process. Immigrants with experience as laboratory technicians should be screened in their professional field before taking Hebrew language proficiency exams.

Aliya’s ministry noted that according to an OECD report, Israel will be the only country in the group that will have less than one doctor per 100 citizens.

“Helping new immigrants integrate into a variety of hospital jobs is very welcome and will provide an experienced, quality and professional workforce to hospitals that will themselves be able to fulfill a dual mission: Zionist and medical, ”said Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman.



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