Originally established in St Petersburg in 1880, ORT aimed to provide the skills and knowledge needed for Jews to become economically self-sufficient. 

138 years later, ORT is now a worldwide charity, working in partnership with local and national governments to ensure academic and vocational advancement and economic independence for Jewish and non-Jewish people through training and education.

ORT is a global education network driven by Jewish values. We are passionate about unleashing the potential of young people so they can lead fulfilling lives and have a positive impact on the world around them.

Since our foundation in 1880, ORT has been transforming lives through training and education. From focussing on teaching 19th century Russian Jews essential trades and professions, we have evolved to provide 21st century skills to empower people and strengthen communities. 

Our ORT network now reaches 300,000 people a year, in more than 30 countries, and is one of the largest educational charities in the world. We provide a combination of high-level science and technology education with strengthened Jewish identity to bridge the gap between ability and opportunity – and to ensure the continuity of Jewish life worldwide.

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