NEW YORK (Jan. 6)
About 20,000 Jews received vocational training during 1952 in 270 ORT schools and workshops located in 19 countries, according to a report issued today by Dr. William Haber, president of the American ORT Federation. Some 4,000 students graduated from the organization’s schools during the past year, the overwhelming proportion finding immediate employment in their skills, particularly in Israel where technically trained workers are at a premium, the report said.
The world-wide ORT program is financed, in the main, by American contributions made available to ORT through an agreement with the Joint Distribution Committee. Dr. Haber announced that $1,070,000 has been remitted for the overseas program during the past year.
The trade schools maintained by ORT in Israel were described by Dr. Haber as the largest non-governmental vocational training system in that country with an annual enrollment of 3,000 pupils studying 26 trades at schools located in 16 cities and towns. Forty-five special courses were organized last year with government cooperation. In the Moslem lands of North Africa and Iran, 3,522 students attended 11 ORT operated institutions. Large school networks are maintained among the Jewish communities of Italy and France, with smaller programs in other European nations.