A high quality vocational training system allows graduates to join the workforce and improve their position in the labor market by matching the skills of the workforce with the demands of employers. Such a system is needed to reduce poverty and increase the productivity of the labor market. Yet, Israel’s vocational training system is lagging behind most developed countries.
Therefore, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Macro Center for Political Economic initiated in 2009 a project to reform the vocational training system in Israel. The steering committee of the project was composed of all the main stakeholders involved in vocational training including representatives from the Histadrut, the Manufactures' Association of Israel, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, the Ministry of Education, Professional Schools, social organizations and experts from the academia. After thoroughly investigating the subject for the past four year, several recommendations have been agreed upon and are summarized in this booklet. With the implementation by decision makers, these recommendations can drastically improve Israel’s vocational training system.