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ORT Vocational Training Centre at the Jewish Community Centre YESOD, St Petersburg

ORT’s Vocational Training Center in St. Petersburg opened in 2008.  The center aims to develop students’ professional skills and boost their employability. In addition to attending lessons at the center itself, students can participate in courses and seminars through a distance learning scheme.

Name of Center ORT Vocational Training Center at the Jewish Community Center YESOD
Location St Petersburg/Russia
Age range Adult education and training
Students 200
Teachers 17

Jewish Activities and Educational projects

The centre takes part in all Jewish community activities such as the celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish Day of Knowledge, Global Day of Jewish Learning, Purim, etc. The centre also runs joint projects with the Israeli Cultural Centre such as a video conference initiative with Israeli scientists for high school students and the Jewish Community Centre YESOD.

In 2013 and 2015 the ORT Vocational Training Centre at the Jewish Community Centre YESOD hosted the World ORT Naomi Prawer Kadar International Seminar for Digital Technologies in Jewish education for teachers of ORT network Jewish Schools and schools-partners.

In 2014 and 2015 "Robotraffic" competitions (developed by Leumi Robotics Centre of Technion) became a part of the All-Russian Robotic Olympiad. To promote this event in 2015 there were workshops for the representatives of regional representatives organized on the base of ORT VTC in St Petersburg (in cooperation with ORT VTC in Yekaterinburg).

In 2016 and 2017 there were professional training seminars for the primary grades teachers of the ORT network schools in St Petersburg, Moscow and Kazan were organized within the DASH program (Development Approaches in Science, Health and Technology).


In 2017, in cooperation with ORT VTC in Yekaterinburg, training on the methodology of teaching “Digital Society Technologies for Women” for teachers of ORT-KesherNet centres was held.


The centre offers variety of courses mainly focused on the development of ICT skills, use of the technologies in the work environment and others.