Methodology

Siraj utilizes a multi-layered approach that strategically targets four main groups, including high school students; college and university students; graduates and professionals; and members of the general community. Our programs work in synergy to effectively increase the funnel of qualified hi-tech candidates.

On-the-Job Training Program (OJT)

Siraj recruits high-performing Bedouin graduates to participate in a three-month training, guided by an expert tech training consultant. Hosted by Siraj Technologies Ltd. (the software development company owned in part by the Siraj NGO), this program trains participants in software development, with a particular focus on the company’s technologies and methodologies. Participants receive a stipend for their participation, and we assume that approximately 70% of participants will be prepared for successful integration into research and development jobs at Siraj Technologies, or other tech companies, upon program completion.

Programs for High Schoolers

Siraj offers a range of motivational and educational programs for high school students, including intensive tech workshops, lectures, meetings with role models, and an annual Hackathon.

Mentorship & Support for College Students

Siraj works with all Bedouin college and university students currently enrolled in STEM subjects. We offer mentorship opportunities where first year students are paired with older students; and third/fourth year students are paired with industry experts.

Community Engagement and Outreach

Siraj is a key player in the growth of a tech ecosystem in the Negev. Our monthly tech-focused meetups have been attended by hundreds of Bedouin high school and university students, graduates employed outside the industry, and community leaders. Siraj’s meetups aim to bring quality, technology-focused lectures and workshops to the Bedouin community, allowing Bedouin youth to sense what a career in tech might look like. Read about our meet-ups here.