ORT South Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates globally. ORT SA’s mission is therefore:  Making People Employable and Creating Employment Opportunities.

With the launch of the new Sheila and Eric Samson ORT SA IT Academy, in September 2016, ORT House in Johannesburg has become a vibrant hub of teaching and training with an emphasis on 21st century skills. ORT SA is an accredited Cisco Academy and runs technology-related courses such as computer literacy and computer bridging programmes, as well as technical courses for new-age skills required for careers in IT.

In the last 13 years, ORT SA has impacted 1 200 teachers in over 1 200 schools, teaching more than 104 000 pupils. 1 060 small businesses have been assisted with mentoring and training and nearly 10 000 people have been taught entrepreneurial and computer skills. 



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Teacher Empowerment specializes in Singapore Math training and coaching for primary and secondary schools.  Teachers attend weekly sessions and receive classroom-based support in primary and high schools in impoverished areas. 

ORT SA’s Whole School Development consists of mentoring and coaching for School Management Teams and Governing Bodies. The programme also provides training in instructional leadership, discipline and the management of curricula. 

The ORT SA Second Chance programme assists high school graduates who seek to improve their final results with year-long daily lessons in Mathematics and Physical Science to obtain university entrance. Work readiness and computer training is added to this model to give the students a range of skills. To date, this group has achieved an average 90% pass rate as opposed to the national average of 25%.  80% of these students are now at university, in leadership roles or working in jobs. 

ORT SA is accredited with the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the ‘New Venture Creation’ qualification for aspiring entrepreneurs. The course teaches business skills, work readiness and basic computing. This programme operates in areas with high unemployment where different combinations of modules are used to encourage entrepreneurship. 


Building on the collective power of the Jewish community, the ORT JET division promotes enterprise development for small Jewish businesses through mentoring and business skills workshops given by volunteer business and market leaders. This unique mentorship model has now been adopted internationally.  

ORT JET also works hand-in-hand with Jewish high schools to encourage entrepreneurship from an early age. 

ORT SA is accredited by the MICT SETA for End-User Computers.

ORT SA runs Robotics and Coding Clubs for children at disadvantaged schools as an extra curricula activity. 

ORT SA introduced an IT Bridging course in 2017 which aims at bridging the digital gap which exists amongst unemployed youth. The course consists of Cisco IT Essentials for technical computer skills, Microsoft Word and basic Coding. These skills are required for careers in the IT industry. 

ORT SA Awards

  • WINNER 2015 Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future STEM Skills Development Award together with corporate funder, Bidvest
  • WINNER 2015 African Corporate Excellence Award: Best Teacher Training
  • 2016 shortlisted for the Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education.