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.