Occupational Training Center and Supported Employment - Southern Israel

The Ashkelon Occupation Training Center (OTC) has 85 participants with disabilities. The work is done in small groups under the guidance of a vocational counselor. The tasks performed include assembly, wrapping and packaging, which enables the participants to learn basic vocational skills and work habits. The ultimate goal of the program is to aid the individual to develop his abilities and independence in preparation for the world of work. Some of the participants will gain enough skills to be able to work in the community as part of Israel Elwyn's supported employment program.

The Supported Employment program assists individuals to integrate in jobs in the competitive employment market with guidance and follow up by the placement counselors. Each person integrates into a place of work according to his desires and talents. Support and follow up during the entire employment period is provided as needed.

The Job Training and Placement Program helps individuals find gainful employment in the south of Israel. Placement programs assist interested individuals to integrate into or return to work. The program's services are limited in duration.


Ashkelon OTC – Adults 21 years and over with mild to moderate developmental disabilities who reside in southern Israel.
Placement program – Persons referred through the National Insurance Institute's Rehabilitation Departments.

Referral Procedure:

Departments of Social Services in the South, National Insurance Institute's Rehabilitation Departments.

Intake Procedure:

Eligibility for vocational rehabilitation programs; Occupational Training Center intake committee.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Hebrew speaking adults are welcome to help work with individuals and groups on communication skills.

For further details:

Ashkelon: 1 Abraham Ofer St., Shimshon, Ashkelon 78261; Tel: 08-672-5254/672-4433
Be'er Sheva: 7 Amnon St., Nachal Ashan, Be'er Sheva 74511; Tel/Fax: 08-642-1130
Beit Shemesh: Tzomet Center, 7 Abba Hillel Na'amat St., Beit Shemesh 99030 Tel: 052-602-4414

Hours of Operation:

Ashkelon – Sunday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Be'er Sheva – Sunday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Beit Shemesh – Sunday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

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