STeP

The youth comprises over one-third of the Indian population which in turn constitutes a major part of the labour force of the country. The number of underprivileged youth in India who lacks education and proper guidance is so huge that according to the reports of the Financial Express only 15% of the young graduates passing out of colleges are employable; the rest are branded unemployable.

Smile Twin E- learning Programme (STeP) is such an initiative of Smile Foundation that aims at creating a pool of young and independent people, from a section of underprivileged youth, through skill enhancement in tandem with market requirements. It is an effort towards bridging the gap between demand and supply of skilled manpower in the fast emerging services and retail sectors of modern India.

This national level programme trains the urban underprivileged youth in English Proficiency, Basic Computer Education and Soft Skills for enhancing their prospects of employment in the fast expanding retail, hospitality and BPO sectors.

So far, 42,000 youth have been trained and 25,000 have been placed in over 200 brands through 95 operational projects across India.


What We Did Last Year

42,000 youth trained, 25000 youth placed. Out of the total youth enrolled under step so far, 94% successfully completed training

There was an overall increase of 48% from last year in enrolment at STeP centers because of better opportunities


269 corporate engagement programmes and 268 exposure visits were conducted during the year across the country

56.7% of the total youth beneficiaries trained were girls


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