Scientifically Tailored Employability Program (STEP)

About the Project

The three objectives of the Scientifically Tailored Employability Program (STEP) are: (1) to enable people (helping underprivileged young people with productive skills to engage gainfully); (2) to empower business (with readily available skilled resources); and (3) to enrich society (by generating wealth where it matters).

STEP is an end-to-end “livelihood through skills” solution involving job opportunity awareness and counseling, employability pre-assessment and training needs analysis, needs-based vocational skills training, evaluation, certification and (self) employment linkage in emerging trades.

The training program is designed to comprehensively enhance students’ communication and soft skills, computer skills and trade-specific domain skills. The content and methodology developed and exhaustively tested over six years use a unique blend of trainer-led knowledge acquisition and practical group activities. Students are continuously evaluated on specific skills’ parameters, their progress charted and employability assessed through an indigenously developed model (the Industry Employability Index (IEX)) using the weighted average of students’ scores against dynamically adjusted industry requirements.

The program is an example of outstanding educational practice in transforming education because it bridges the gap between industry and academia by integrating skills’ development with formal education. It is collaborative in using a revenue-shared Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model that works; self-sustained because the beneficiaries pay for services; innovative in offering an end-to-end solution using continuous improvement measurements; and inclusive because it extends the fruits of development to the poor. The service has been sufficiently productized to be replicable anywhere without diluting quality and enables the extensive use of ICT.

April 24, 2019 (last update 09-10-2019)