An article in TheMarker – The Wage Revolution of the Haredi Women Programmers examines why thousands of Haredi women who have been through vocational training for computer programing are forced to settle for minimum wages, and details current initiatives to remedy the problem.
Here is a translated excerpt featuring the Institute’s efforts:
“Rabbi Yisrael Tik, the first Haredi member of the Council for Higher Education and a senior fellow at the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs, views Haredi women employment as a national mission.
‘Today, there are 700 Haredi women studying for high-tech professions in two-year vocational seminary programs with no correlation to market needs,’ says Tik. ‘The women receive partial and insufficient computer engineering training that does not ready them for development jobs in technology companies.’
In order to realize his vision of integrating these women into the high-tech workforce, Tik contacted Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), an organization run by Eugene Kandel, former Chairman of the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister’s Office….Together with some of the largest tech companies in Israel, SNC has developed a curriculum for seminary students based on academic syllabi.
Unlike fast-paced bootcamps, this program lasts a full two years. Participants acquire in-depth background in mathematics and computers, and graduate with an official certificate signed by SNC and its industry partners – Google, Western Digital, and Mobileye. These companies will interview the graduates at the end of the training track, even though they don’t usually interview non-academics. ‘Approximately 100 women in three Haredi seminaries – two in Jerusalem and one in Bnei Brak – are currently enrolled and the seminaries are standing in line to join this program,’ adds Tik.”