A new Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP) centre has been launched by Smile Foundation at Virgonagar, Medahalli in Bengaluru. Supported by BOSCH India Foundation, the philanthropic arm of BOSCH India, this centre is operational at Vidyaranya, a reputed organisation in the region. This is the second STeP centre in Karnataka and the 35th project in India.
The event took off with the lighting of lamp by Ms. Pankaja, Deputy Director, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka, followed by launch of the centre by Dr Jessy Fenn, Project Manager, BOSCH India Foundation.
Ms. Pankaja applauded Smile Foundation, Bosch India and Vidyaranya for helping the marginalised youth in gaining employment and thus putting them on path of sustainable empowerment.
The course curriculum for STeP has been developed by the International Management Institute, New Delhi, except for the computer course, which is certified by Microsoft.
Speaking about the launch of the second project for the state, Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, COO, Smile Foundation, said, “STeP is an effort towards creating a pool of independent youth living with dignity from the underprivileged section through skill enhancement in tandem with market requirements. Smile Foundation, through this programme, has trained 13,735 youth and placed 9,849 of them in over 140 leading retail and service brands across India.”
STeP is a national level initiative of Smile Foundation, aiming at preparing urban underprivileged youths with skills in English proficiency, basic computer education, retail management, personality development and various soft skills for enhancing their prospects of employment in fast emerging retail, service and BPOs sectors.