Digital Skills Academy

The Programme

The World ORT Digital Skills Academy is an annual two-week summer school that draws on local expertise from within the ORT network, bringing together ORT students to benefit from the world class facilities and expertise available.

Following a rigorous application and selection process, including video applications, digital evidence of expertise and school references, the summer school provides students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons beyond their geographical locality through participation in an intensive package of tuition and collaborative projects with students from across their region.

Participants select a specialist track to follow during the academy, either; photography, video or audio production. Under the tuition of professionals, students will hone their knowledge and explore the application of new skills in different environments. The cohort will also explore digital skills in action through visits to professional environments such as TV and film studios.

The summer school aims to enrich student's Jewish heritage, identity, values and practices through participation in a traditional Shabbat programme and a 'Tikkun Olam' community project, consisting of voluntary work in a Jewish care home or caring for the Jewish cemetery, providing students with the opportunity to give back to their host community.

The Impact

The academy provides students with an inclusive opportunity, regardless of socio-economic status or the availability of specialist courses within their locality, to learn in English from local experts and gain practical experience in a professional environment. Students acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to progress their passion and expertise in digital technology to the next level, including further education, training and future employment.