Big Aspirations but Little Guidance

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Big Aspirations but Little Guidance


Ward, Helen, Times Educational Supplement


Arabs in Israel need better advice and opportunities, study shows

New research has prompted calls for Israel to put a greater emphasis on vocational education and careers guidance.

The British Council study reveals that many young Arab people in the state aspire to high-status jobs in areas such as medicine and law. But proportionally fewer Arabs make it to university than their Jewish counterparts, meaning that they are excluded from these roles.

The discrepancy is partly because of the need for fluent Hebrew and good English, and partly because of cultural and transport issues, the report says. There is also a lack of careers advice on other employment options, it adds.

Of the 499 surveyed 15- to 18-year-olds, 70 per cent felt optimistic about their futures, according to Marc Bayliss of Worcester Research, which was commissioned to carry out the study. …

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