Google is dedicating $25 million in an initiative to get more underrepresented groups involved in hi-tech in Israel. In addition to Haredi Jews, the opportunities will be focused on women, Israeli Arabs and residents of the periphery. A separate initiative for Palestinian hi-tech is expected to be announced as well.
The Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet and Google, Ruth Porat, arrived in Israel herself over the weekend to have meetings with Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss the initiatives.
In the meetings thus far, Porat focused on the challenges these minority groups face in Israeli hi-tech. The plan right now is to create a hi-tech skills program for adults and teens and work together with the Israeli government’s focus to increase the hi-tech workforce from 10% to 15%.
“At Google, we believe that to have sustainable economic growth, you must have inclusive growth,” said Porat. “By providing members of underrepresented groups with a path into tech, we hope to help create a more diverse workforce and increase opportunities for a broader group of people. We look forward to deepening our commitment to Israel as we work to support the government’s ongoing efforts in this area.”
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