A crowd of 1,000 teens attended the annual employment fair organized by Dror Israel's associated youth movement, HaNoar HaOved and the Rishon Letzion Municipality, where over 1,200 jobs were offered to the youth of the city. These jobs were specially selected and vetted to ensure that they were dignified, fair places to work with good conditions.
As the summer vacation approaches, teens throughout the country are looking for ways to spend their time and make money, taking some of their first steps into the world of employment. Unfortunately, too many employers exploit their naiveté and youth, and fail to provide them with all of their legal rights and benefits. The HaNoar HaOved youth movement is also the national trade union for youth and works hard every day to ensure and protect the rights of working youth, and to take to court any employers daring to break the law on the backs of our kids. The jobs fair in Rishon Letzion was one proactive step – any employer wanting to participate and advertise their jobs was required to demonstrate that they are aware of labor laws and uphold them, while the youth were matched with jobs they can count on.
One of our participants, Moriah Molcho, who is also a counselor at the youth movement’s carpentry workshop in Rishon Letzion, tells us about his experience at the fair:
“My name is Moriah Molcho and I have been in the carpentry workshop in the Rishon Letzion youth movement branch for 4 years. We do big projects there and I instruct kids on how to use tools and build things out of wood. For the whole past year, I have been looking for a job that would suit me but I haven’t found anything. At the fair I finally found a job with a renovations company! We will undergo training at work and then we actually start working in the field. I found exactly what I needed.”
Congratulations to all the teens who found a job through this fair and all the employers who found employees! And of course to HaNoar HaOved and the Rishon Letzion municipality for this important and successful project!