ORT's work in the Home of Youth Aliyah in Bex began in 1944. The courses were part of preparation for emigration to Palestine and the first classes to be established were held in woodwork for young people aged fifteen to twenty. Cardboard workshops were organised for children of refugees, who were learning vocational skills while at the same time receiving education in Jewish history and general studies.  Later, courses in metalwork were added. The first intake included sixteen halutzim. In 1947 part of the course was transferred to Anieres near Geneva.