“Rothschild- Cadets for local government” is a unique program aimed at enhancing local government in Israel, by grooming and training a leadership group for professional management in municipal arenas. The program is intended for talented, highly motivated young adults who aspire to combine academic excellence with social leadership to enhance the quality if local government in Israel, focusing on social and geographical periphery. By doing so, gaps and disparities characterizing Israeli society and economy may be bridged.

The program exists thanks to the implementation of the government decision
Atudot LeYisrael [Reserves for Israel] – a strategic plan to augment the trained
work force available for public service. The program’s goal is to develop human
capital and create a reserve of future leaders for public service. This approach is
based on the understanding that only change-initiating leaders, who believe in a
culture of partnerships, possess an inclusive point of view, and long-term thinking,
can lead Israel to address its core issues. Cadets for local government is a unique
program operated in partnership with The Ministries of the Interior, of Finance, of
Education, the Center for Local Government, the Center of Local Authorities and
the National Lottery [Mifal Hapayis], all of which have identified the need for
enhancing human capital in local authorities in Israel’s periphery.

Each year, 25-30 candidates complete the recruitment process and join as cadets
in one of the program tracks. Most are from the periphery and have been accepted
to academic studies in participating academic institutions. Cadets receive full
academic scholarships, monthly living stipends, a top-quality training program
including internships simultaneous with their Masters’ studies, and job placement
upon completing their training.

The training program lasts three years for those studying for their B.A.s in Informal Education in Oranim College, or two years for those studying for their Masters’ degrees in Haifa University or the Technion. In addition to their academic studies, the Cadets get weekly training sessions and personal guidance.

The Cadets have 26 symposia days per annum with experts in various fields; and get experience preparing and running the program’s six two-five- day seminars each year on their trips to various municipalities.

The Cadets do 26 days of internships in screened and selected municipalities.Upon completion of the training program, the Cadets are placed in key positions in local authorities or informal education entities; both the Cadets and the employing institution commit for a minimum of four years.


Participating academic institutions and courses of study:

Oranim College: B.A. in Informal Education and Social Studies (major), PublicPolicy (minor)

Haifa University: Master’s degree in Public Administration [M.P.A.] andin Urban and Strategic Planning

Technion: Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning


  • Full scholarship
  • Living scholarship
  • Unique training program
  • Job placement (cadets are placed in key positions in local authorities for 4 years)
  • Partnering in an influential and meaningful Peer Network

Program requirements:

  • Admission to relevant academic degree
  • Filling out online registration form
  • CBT test
  • Participating and successful completion of evaluation center
  • Personal interview

Reut Weksler

Cadets Director