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“The Treasury doesn’t get it – Israelis don’t want to work in construction,” Danya Cebus Ltd. CEO Ronen Ginzburg said Monday in response to a government plan to reduce the number of foreign construction workers and the Bank of Israel’s opposition to granting more work visas for them.
“Danya Cebus is building more than 60 large projects simultaneously in Israel, employing thousands of construction workers,” he said. “We do everything we can to hire Israelis for the construction industry, and we even offer great terms of a training course, but fewer than 20 people registered.”
Due to the government’s decision, the shortage of construction workers
is worsening and many projects are being delayed, Ginzburg said. The
inevitable result, belying all government declarations to the contrary,
is a steady rise in home prices, he said.
In an effort to address the problem, Danya Cebus, Israel’s largest
contractor and the contracting arm of Lev Leviev-controlled Africa-
Israel Investments Ltd., opened a course for crane operators as part of
an Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry plan to support the construction
industry. The four-month crane operator’s course includes 320 hours of
classes and 240 hours of practical training at Danya Cebus construction
The course costs NIS 7,330 per trainee, of which the ministry is
financing 75 percent. Course graduates will receive a crane-operator
certificate and a highly paid profession that is in demand. Danya Cebus
guaranteed jobs for the graduates and paid the students NIS 5,000 each
to participate, but only 16 people registered.