Kav Mashve is an Israeli non-profit organization which promotes equal employment opportunities for Arab university graduates within the Israeli business sector. The organization was founded in 2007 by Mr. Dov Lautman, who was a prominent Israeli industrialist and a recipient of the Israel Prize for Life Achievement, in conjunction with the Manufacturers Association of Israel.
Kav Mashve works in three main arenas:
Training to open doors for candidates from the Arab society
Preparation for the world of jobs and networking with potential employers and jobs
Career orientation with emphasis on academic programs and wanted professions in the market
The Problem: Employment inequality for Israel’s Arab citizens is a major obstacle towards achieving social justice in Israeli society today. Arabs constitute 20.7% of Israeli society but only:
13% of the general workforce
3-5% of the business market
0.3% of management
Arabs with academic degrees face challenges in finding appropriate employment in their fields: 46.5% of Arabs with academic degrees do not pursue employment in the Jewish work force
20% of graduates of engineering and science degrees are employed in those fields
51% of Arabs with degrees in law, economics, accounting and business management are employed in those fields
Kav Mashve has identified four major barriers preventing Arab professionals with academic degrees from finding employment in their fields: insufficient early career guidance; inadequate solutions for soft skills training; lack of professional networks; and prejudice. The result is the perpetuation of social and economic inequality in Israeli society.
Today, Kav Mashve acts as an R&D agency, implementing and developing innovative programs to be adopted by the Israeli government.
Kav Mashve was founded by Dov Lautman, Dr. Irit Keinan, the Manufacturers ‘Association and the employers’ association in the economy. The management and establishment of the association was chosen by Adv. Irit Tamir, who served as CEO since its establishment until 31.12.2011. Kav Mashve is run by Jews and Arabs, businessmen, human resources and society.