Palestine’s greatest asset is its people... PITA is aligning the country’s leading universities and technical schools with the growing ICT industry.
Our students are wired, engaged, entrepreneurial and multi-lingual, and have their sites set on competing in the global marketplace. We have programs in place aimed at aligning the world of academia with the current and future needs of regional employers who are scaling their businesses as new opportunities arise in our region.
Our students graduate being work-ready and bring a new spark of entrepreneurship that will not only help impact our regional economy but shine a new light on the next generation of Palestine’s technology and business economy.
Human Capital Insights
The ICT sector is playing a vital role in the Palestinian economy, and is seen as one of the fastest growing sectors. A total of 2200 Palestinian IT students graduate from higher education institutions every year...
The new growth in the Palestinian ICT sector has created a new demand for well-trained ICT professionals. Palestinian companies are demanding a great number of software developers, architects, and engineers who can meet the requirements of the market. The need for skillful and talented workforce has been identified as one of the most critical issues that need to be tackled. PITA and its partners will be fulfilling this need by enhancing the practical experience, critical thinking, and self-learning skills of ICT graduates. Subsequently, graduates are becoming qualified enough to speak and add value to the international hi-tech language.
PITA is simply bringing the Palestinian higher education institutions and the Palestinian ICT industry together. Such partnership would yield a skillful workforce that is fortified with necessary qualifications, and which will support PITA’s role in placing Palestine on the global IT map.
PITA’s employability program aims to identify and fulfill the market need for a qualified Palestinian ICT human capital. This will be implemented by:
- Establishing an Academia-Industry partnership.
- Identifying training and development opportunities for IT students and graduates.
- Implementing technical and soft skills training courses.
- Arranging for internship programs in local and international IT companies.
- Supporting the long term placement of graduates within companies.
The employability Program is producing market-ready IT graduates. The term market-ready can be defined as: “individuals who are able to add significant value in terms of technical and non-technical skills”.
There are four consecutive phases for the Employability Program as shown below:
1. Establishing the ICT industry – Academia Partnership:
In cooperation with representatives from the industry and academia, PITA has established a well institutionalized working group that insures the exchange of information and provides the type of knowledge needed by Palestinian ICT students. As part of PITA’s strategy toward human talents development, and in reference to its mission Statement “To lead the ICT sector towards an innovation-based economy” , PITA has launched the Academia-Industry Taskforce to bridge the gap between Academia and Industry, and which simply means, bringing the ICT education sector and Private ICT sector together.
The purpose of such taskforce is to assist PITA in formulating and implementing interventions and programs that minimize the gap between fresh graduate’s knowledge and the skills needed for the ICT sector. The four pillars of the taskforce have been identifies as follows:
A. Inspire - Building a new culture of employability channels and tools.
B. Enable - Creating the most effective engagement method for the Industry and education.
C. Inform - Bringing the right opportunity to the right people who deserve it.
2. Market Gap Analysis:
A small gap has been noticed between the skills of ICT fresh graduates and the high-tech qualifications needed in the Palestinian labour market. Consequently, a study has been undertaken by PITA to analyze the gap and design capacity building programs for IT students and fresh graduates. The significant outcome of the project was : delivering highly skilled ICT labour to the sector.
3. Capacity Building and Real Life Experience through Technical and non-technical training courses, internship program and replacement:
Based on the gap analysis, PITA has developed an extensive training program that covers various technical and non-technical subjects such as software development, database development and maintenance, web application development, mobile application development, graphic design, communication skills, leadership skills, and entrepreneurial skills.
After the training, students are placed in local and regional companies for three-months internships. These three months provide real on-hands training for participants. Later on, a selected number of students are asked to implement their graduation projects within the internship. Such activities promote research and development interaction between higher education institutions and private companies.
Finally, PITA reserves full-time employment opportunities for student participants. PITA has hired two Human Resources advisors to help the student optimize their resumes, apply for jobs, and get prepared for job interviews.
4. Monitoring and Evaluation:
The management, monitoring and evaluation of the program are conducted by a steering committee that includes representatives from the industry, the academia and experts from the Palestinian diaspora network.