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Jerusalem launches program to train new immigrants as software developers

The program being run with the ITC company and Nefesh B'Nefesh will provide participants with the opportunity to join the city's high-tech industry

This week, in a moving ceremony, a program to train new immigrants in Jerusalem as full-stack developers was inaugurated. The unique program is expected to serve as a model for other programs in Jerusalem and other local authorities, as well as strengthen the high-tech field in the capital.   

As Jerusalem is fertile ground for absorbing new immigrants, the city's Municipal Authority for Immigration and Absorption identified an opportunity to promote two important issues: the development of high-tech companies in the city, and the guiding of skilled new immigrants to high-tech professions in order to improve their absorption on the economic level. For this purpose, the Municipality led the process of opening a dedicated training program for new immigrants, and non-profit company Israel Tech Challenge was selected to run it. 

The Municipality is allocating scholarships to encourage new immigrants living in the capital to participate in the program. The program is intended for those with a high level of abilities and rich work experience – but have not worked in computing professions – and wish to integrate into the field. The training program, which is based on the bootcamp model, a concentrated evening course lasting several months, will allow participants to be able to acquire a sought-after profession and integrate into the Jerusalem high-tech industry through a curriculum that includes in-depth training for the acquisition of the most advanced languages and tools. Participants who pass the screening have no previous programming background or experience, and at the end of the training period, those who are found to be suitable and interested will be able to work on a practical technological project at a high-tech company in the city for an additional period. In addition, they will receive personal guidance until a suitable job is found for them among Jerusalem’s high-tech companies. 

The program was the result of cooperation between the Municipal Authority for Immigration and Absorption, the Nefesh B'Nefesh organization, and Israel Tech Challenge (ITC), with the initiative and assistance of its partner, the Lirom company. 

The training program is being led by ITC, which annually trains hundreds of students for development positions in the high-tech industry through data science, data analytics and full stack development programs. The company established by the Jewish Agency specializes in training new immigrants from around the world as well as populations from Israel’s social periphery. The company’s alumni organization includes over 1,200 members, 94% of whom are working at leading high-tech companies including Check Point, Waze, Google, IBM, startups, development centers and more. 

Additional details about the program:

  • It runs for eight months, with an option to add a two-month internship at a high-tech company.
  • No previous experience in the field is required.
  • The Municipality's Immigrant Absorption Authority is subsidizing 70% of the course for immigrants who have been in the country for less than a year and a half.
  • The course is conducted in English, and it is possible to join via Zoom.
  • The next session of the course will begin on December 25. To register, click here

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said “The city of Jerusalem, which has always combined the new and the old, is a magnet for high-tech and technology investments. I am pleased with and proud of the new immigrant training program, which will integrate the immigrants into the special fabric of the city and strengthen it.” 

ITC CEO Udi Wiesner said “We are proud and happy to have been selected to lead the training program for new immigrants as software developers in Jerusalem. Our unique program includes both in-depth technological content and training in the area of soft skills, cultural preparation, integration into practical projects and more. Our graduates arrive well prepared for their first high-tech jobs, thereby achieving the goal of providing new immigrants with high-quality and financial integration in Israel. We would be happy to see more local authorities initiate similar moves.” 

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