JDC-Tevet Launches First Cloud Economy Course

23 participants from the Druze and Circassian communities recently completed the first JDC-Tevet Cloud Economy course that launched in February. Participants were selected from a thorough application and interview process. The participants, 22 females and one male, completed this pilot course through a Riyan Center* in Yarka, a Druze village in the Galilee region in Israel. A few of the participants had minimal e-commerce experience, but lacked many of the relevant skills needed to be successful in the field.

JDC-Tevet developed this pilot program to help vulnerable populations gain the skills and expertise in order to achieve a higher quality of life. These new forms of employment and trade allow these individuals to maintain their traditional lifestyle while earning a reasonable income.

This course has three different objectives for the participants. The participants learn important techniques, trends and methods to be successful in the world of e-commerce. Participants also develop skills relevant to the e-commerce field such as time management, marketing, conflict resolution, among others. Finally, the course includes an English language component, an extremely important skill needed to succeed in the e-commerce community. Networking groups are created amongst the participants to practice together and to share new ideas and skills.

JDC-Tevet will soon offer the next Cloud Economy course for the Haredi community.

*JDC has created a network of 22 Arab Employment Centers in Israel that are helping Arab men and women gain financial stability by integrating into the Israeli workforce and establishing better career paths. Centers provide job readiness workshops, individual employment counseling, help with job placement and referral and support for vocational training and higher education. They also provide clients with exposure to cooperating workplaces, accompany the client in the new workplace, and train the employer to understand Arab cultural codes.To oversee this network, JDC has fostered the start-up of Al Fanar (Arabic for: the Lighthouse), an independent Arab NGO, which maintains the Arab identity of the project, and galvanizes community-based leadership, both crucial to the success of Arab employment in Israel.