The Fursa program recruits outstanding computer science graduates from the Arab community, trains and prepares them for specific high-demand roles, and places them into desirable, entry-level positions in the Israeli high-tech industry.
Fursa identifies high-achieving Arab BSc computer science graduates who can bring significant value to the tech industry but, despite their skills and academic achievements, can’t find their way in. Following a meticulous selection process, Fursa provides these elite candidates with hands-on DevOps training, developed in cooperation with employers, plus real-world corporate access, and unparalleled support. These actions aim to fill in the inequality and employability gaps, enabling talented junior developers to find employment and hit the ground running.
From their end, employers gain access to a new talent pool, and are matched with loyal, motivated, highly-skilled candidates, perfectly suited to the position they are intended for. These team members work locally, rather than at offshore centers, earning their employers financial incentives, bundled into a smart and simple business model.
Fursa emerged from the realization that Arab communities may have many outstanding engineers and STEM graduates, yet they are often underemployed. The program recruits high-achieving Arab BSc computer science graduates who have struggled to secure entry-level positions in the industry due to their unique circumstances. These include geographical barriers, as they are often located outside the industry center of the country, an absence of a relevant network and role models that can aid and guide candidates through the process of finding and attaining quality employment, and less practical experience gained during their studies. Other obstacles may involve inferior interviewing skills, and the challenges of age, as typically they are younger, which means less life experience and confidence. Nonetheless, the one common factor shared by Fursa candidates, is a desire to prove themselves.
Fursa recognizes that these barriers have a profound influence on candidates’ chances of success and seeks to bridge these gaps – for both talent and employers. Recruits from this untapped talent pool are brought up to speed and have their education of the profession rounded out with support and training – from the soft skills required for interviewing and teamwork, to the hard tech, practical DevOps skills required for specific industry roles. Through Fursa’s intensive program, this under-represented group is empowered to become an invaluable resource for the high-tech world, and wider Israeli community.
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