ORT is one of the largest non-governmental education and training organizations in the world with activities in more than 60 countries, past and present, with current operations in Israel, North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
It is a non-profit, not-political organization that meets the educational, and manpower training needs of contemporary society with more than 3,000,000 graduates worldwide since its inception. ORT was founded in St. Petersburg in Tsarist Russia in 1880 to provide employable skills for Russia’s impoverished Jewish people. Since that time, the skills taught by ORT have evolved in step with technology.
ORT has consultative status for information and education purposes with UNESCO, and observer status at the ILO (International Labor Organization). ORT is a founding member of ICVA (International Council of Voluntary Agencies).
The aim of ORT’s educational programs, throughout the world, is to give its students the best possible chance for their future. This preparation includes education to help them become citizens who will make a positive contribution to their society, focused training to enable them to undertake worthwhile and fulfilling careers.