Achievements of the Telem Program Graduates
   Achievements of the Telem Program Graduates


1.      Background and Goals


The Telem program supports Ethiopian Israeli young adults, aged 20 – 25, described by the National Insurance Institute as being at-risk. The program supplies them with employment, residence in a kibbutz and a choice of either vocational training or basic studies.


Between 2008 and 2009, 125 young adults have graduated from the program. The goal of this research was to provide information of their status following their graduation, information which will then be used in a comparative fashion.


2.      Methodology


This research is based on a survey. The survey was conducted via phone. The survey's pool includes 125 students, from whom 111 were successfully contacted. Thus, the response rate stands at 88%. We were unable to locate the remaining 14 persons. The timeframe of the survey was 3 – 12 month from graduation.


3.      Findings



Relative Proportion





Enrolled in university or preparatory studies



Employed in the occupation of their studies



Employed not in the occupation of their studies






Total Sample

Table 1: Distribution of Telem's Graduates' Achievements  


These findings were compared to the "Vouchers Program" of the Government's Employment Agency. This is an experimental program in which vouchers for vocational training, operated by the agency as of July 2007, are given in order to facilitate the placement of unemployed and at-risk persons.


The Research and Economics department of the Ministry of Employment, Trade and Industry has published in December 2009 a report on the project. The report, analyzing the same aspects as this report and employing the same methodology, included 150 persons. However, only a specific portion of the persons surveyed experienced the background conditions which are participants experienced. Therefore, in order to compare the groups, only young adults without a high school diploma were sampled. Also, the first two categories, "Enrolled in university or preparatory studies " and "Employed in the occupation of their studies" were merged, as these groups' current status shows a substantial advancement.  





Telem's Program




Total Sample



Relevant employment or studies



Employed not in the occupation of their studies





Table 2: Comparison between the programs


As we can see, the unemployment proportion within our program is substantially lower.


4.      Conclusions


Although our participants suffer from harsh background conditions, the program is a success. 3 to 12 months following the program, 39% of its graduates are employed in a relevant framework, or continuing their studies. 95% of our graduates remain within supportive frameworks. These are better results than those of the state's program.


We intend to further extend these reports, quantitatively and qualitatively with regards to the types of employment, average salaries etc.