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Israel Reported Facing Prospect of Shortage of Skilled Manpower

January 14, 1966
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Israel faces the prospect of a serious shortage of technicians and professional men by 1969 because of insufficient high school graduations, Hanoch Smith, director of Israel’s Manpower Planning Authority, said today.

Asserting that only 15 percent of youngsters of high school age complete a high school education, the manpower expert told a press conference that a decrease even in this percentage was likely because Oriental newcomers and their first-generation children show a high dropout rate. He added that the shortage was likely to be most severe in registered nursing and industries requiring technicians with highly specialized training.

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