Ventures

:Educational projects

 

 ATID  operates many educational projects in the schools under its management, while the common denominator of them all is the "excellence" model. According to this model, everyone strives to do their best within their abilities. Every student who reaches their full potential is considered to be excellent

Excellence is expressed, among other things, in participation in educational projects that encourage students to enrich themselves, acquire a profession, develop fields of interest and advance their future

 

:Here are some examples of educational projects that are carried out in the schools

 

Microsoft International Accreditation

ATID is the only education chain that has been approved as a Microsoft Certified Training Center (IT ACADEMY), and it enables students who are studying in the computer tracks (in addition to the matriculation track), to study for the international examinations and receive accreditation accordingly. The courses include training for MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) certification

 

Armored Corps and Air Force pre-military trainee courses

Pre-military trainees are high-school and post-high-school students in a study track that combines technological studies with theoretical ones. This track provides a matriculation certificate as well as continuing vocational studies towards becoming a technician and/or a practical engineer in grades 13-14. ATID provides pre-military trainee courses for the Air Force and Armament Corps, enabling the students to join a professional and high-quality corps, and complete a challenging military service in an advanced technological framework, which enables their integration into officer and instruction tracks in the Corps

Pre-ATIDim Program

The program promotes and encourages excellence among youths in junior and high schools in the geographic and social periphery of Israel. The program targets youths with a high level of achievement, aiming at strengthening their feeling of competence and empowering their scholastic ability.

 

Energy efficiency

The program aims to introduce the ATID students and teachers from the chain’s electricity tracks to the productive activities of the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), including those in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and to pave the way for their future employment in the IEC (during the course of studies and/or employment of graduates). As part of these activities, introductory days are held for parents and students, tours of IEC facilities are conducted, and training courses are initiated for the electricity track teachers at the Company's facilities

 

Start-up for the industry

 A program in collaboration with the ATID Start-Up Association. The program works on three levels: Experimenting in the factory (an adoptive company), which is offered once a week to the 11th graders, who go to the factory for practical experience. Educational reinforcement – in small groups in which the subjects are taught for matriculation (the class is divided into two halves). An empowerment program

 

"We are tomorrow"

Cooperation with Intel; science students visit Intel, are introduced to the high-end labs, and attend lectures by senior engineers on topics at the forefront of knowledge

 

Academic Partnerships

Collaboration between the ATID Network and universities – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sapir Academic College, Haifa University and the Technion – to integrate students in the undergraduate tracks in science and the humanities

 

:Values projects

The values-social programs that operate in the various schools of the ATID chain are adapted to the sector in which they operate, the common basis of which is the emphasis on human dignity and the environment, fostering patience and tolerance, giving and contributing to the community, preserving the environment, empowering school leadership and fostering parental involvement at school.

 

In all the schools, activities take place that contribute to the community, as well as programs that promote discourse to prevent racism and to maintain a shared and respectful coexistence. In the relevant schools there are educational programs to prepare for meaningful service in the IDF / National Service / Civil Service

Over the past three years, the ATID schools have been included on the list of educational institutions that excel in social values, which means that these schools have carried out extensive social-values activities, preventing drop-outs, integrating special education students, showing willingness to serve in the IDF and contributing to the community

 

:A few examples that illustrate the wide range of activities at the ATID schools:

Educating for change

A training program for teachers to deal with racism, which recognizes dialogue as a central tool for addressing expressions of racism, and enables an open, non‑judgmental dialogue. The program includes meetings with the instructors, in‑house school projects on the subject of racism, and ongoing annual assistance and support

 

JNF Project – Initiative Work

The JNF project enables students to get to know the country and its landscapes through a mutual contribution – the students clean up beaches, help the turtles, maintain and improve trails – and in return they enjoy trips in Israel, getting to know its landscapes, flora and fauna

 

And your faithfulness every night

The program is designed to strengthen social education through Torah studies. Throughout the year, groups of boys and girls study and engage in social activities that strengthen the connection to Torah and the community

 

Traveling to Poland

A journey of remembrance and commemoration of the Holocaust in Poland, which starts in Israel with preparation and culminates in the trip, during which the students visit important and central sites of the Holocaust history in Poland

 

:National projects

 

The ATID Network aspires to lead nationwide projects in the field of integrating individuals into society and supporting and advancing disadvantaged populations towards a secure personal and professional future. In this framework, the chain leads a project of workshops aimed at career development and academia in Arab society, and it also manages a system of professional training for those with special needs

 

Workshops for career development and academia in Arab society

Higher education is a key tool for integrating individuals into society. Gaining an education increases the chances of finding employment and earning a decent living. This enables the reduction of social gaps and increasing social mobility, and in particular turns the individual into a citizen who contributes to and benefits from society

The Council for Higher Education (CHE) selected ATID  for the third year, to lead a career development program in high schools in the Arab sector. The workshops are run over two years for 11th and 12th graders, addressing issues of decision making, introduction to the Israeli labor market and to the professions in demand in the economy, as well as getting to know the institutions of higher learning and their admission requirements. As part of the workshops, the students visit leading Israeli companies and academic institutions. The program is supported by the Ministry of Education and the Prime Minister's Office, with 2,500 youths participating in the workshops in the 2015-2016 school year

 

Vocational training for students with special needs

The ATID education Network has led, since the 2015-2016 school year, the "Toward the Future” program, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, and the National Insurance Institute, which aims to provide vocational training for students with special needs, and to integrate them in work or national service. The purpose of the program is to prepare students with disabilities, aged 18-21, for an adult and independent life. As part of this activity, ATID trains students in vocational tracks leading to their attaining a professional certificate enabling them to integrate in the labor market. Studies are combined with a wide range of practical advice dealing with imparting work habits for their future in the labor world, and enhancing the students' confidence in their earning capability. In the 2015-2016 school year, the program was implemented in four institutions in Israel, and the number of participants is expected to double in the 2016-2017 academic year

Each year, 3,000 students with special needs complete their studies in the education system in the State of Israel. Most of them graduate without a matriculation certificate or any other professional certificate, and do not enlist in the army. Therefore, they are blocked from integrating into the labor market and the general society

:The main purpose of the program:

The optimal integration of graduates of the special education system in Israel in the employment world and in the normative frameworks of their peers, such as national, civilian or military service, and in those professions that they have studied as well as in the normative employment world

 

:Secondary goals:

Using their capabilities

Occupational competence

Employment integration in the open labor market

Financial independence

 

The target population of the program – young people with special needs who graduate from high school without a matriculation certificate, yet they can function properly and are thus able to study a profession and integrate in the general labor market in the future. In cooperation with the "Gal" college, which specializes in vocational training for this population, a recruitment and screening process has been established that enables us to select the appropriate students for the program

Since it is important for us to encourage the students in this program to examine themselves in a variety of employment contexts, each class receives four short courses on various professional subjects during the first two years of the program. These courses are held at ATID colleges. Commuting to the courses helps students practice mobility, independence using public transport, and experience studying in a real college

During the last year of the program, preparation for the future includes a highly significant process of helping these young people choose a follow-up program. We encourage them to volunteer for army or civil service, and help them attain meaningful employment in the profession they have studied