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STEP Scheme

Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP) scheme.

shape Introduction

The Ministry of India has been administering ‘Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP) Scheme’ since 1986-87 as a ‘Central Sector Scheme’. The STEP Scheme aims to provide skills that provide employability to women and to provide competencies and skills that enable women to become self-employed/entrepreneurs.

shape Features

  • Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP) Scheme’ is intended to benefit women who are in the age group of 16 years and above across the country.

  • The grant under the Scheme is given to an institution/ organisation including NGOs directly and not the States/ UTs.

  • The assistance under STEP Scheme will be available in any sector for imparting skills related to employability and entrepreneurship, including but not limited to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Processing, Handlooms, Tailoring, Stitching, Embroidery, Zari etc, Handicrafts, Computer & IT enable services along with soft skills and skills for the work place such as spoken English, Gems & Jewellery, Travel & Tourism, & Hospitality.

STEP Scheme – Objectives

  • To mobilize women in small viable groups and make facilities available through training and access to credit.

  • To provide training for skill upgradation.

  • To enable groups of women to take up employment-cum-income generation programmes by providing backward and forward linkages.

  • To provide support services for further improving training and employment conditions of women.

STEP Scheme – Implementing Agencies

  • The scheme is implemented through Public Sector Organisations, District Rural Development Agencies, Federations, Co-operatives and Voluntary Organisation registered under the societies Registration Act, 1860 or under the corresponding State Acts.

  • Recipients of financial assistance under STEP are required to be bodies, organisations or agencies working in rural areas, although their headquarters may be located in an urban areas.

STEP Scheme – Target Group/ Beneficiaries

  • The target group to be covered under the STEP Programme includes marginalised, assetless rural women and the urban poor.

  • This includes wage labourers, unpaid daily workers, female headed households, migrant labourers, tribal and other dispossessed groups, with special focus on SC/ST households and families below the poverty line.

  • STEP Scheme – Pattern of Assistance
    (a) 100 Per cent assistance

    • Project staff and administrative cost.

    • Training-stipend, training of trainers, skill upgradation reinforcement, trainingcum-production centres and raw material for training.

    • Support to members for formation of co-operative societies, producers, workers co-operatives leading to formal legal organisation.

    • Support services-education, general awareness, health-care, sanitation, nutrition/creche facilities for dependent children, wherever convergence of these services are not available will be provided as part of the project cost.

    • Marketing support – marketing/sales personnel, stock provision and buyers credit godowns, marketing outlets, quality control and managerial support.

    (b) 50 per cent assistance
    Construction of individual worksheds and production centres not related with training 50 percent of the total cost on this complement will be borne by the Government of India and 50 per cent will have to be borne by the implementing agency.

    (c) Working capital/raw material requirements

    • Financial assistance will be provided for working capital and raw material in a phased manner starting with 100 per cent during the first year, 50 per cent in the second year and 30 per cent in the third year of the project.

    • In percentage terms funding pattern will be restricted in the following manner of the total project cost (In percentage)

    Expenses Fund Percent
    Administration and Project staff cost 6
    Training –technical skill training and orientation of beneficiaries & project functionaries 20
    Infrastructure including marketing support quality control and Managerial support 25
    Raw material for training including equipment and other material required for training 25
    Establishment of development co-operatives
    wherever required-mobilisation and strengthening of
    field level set ups where such support is not available
    through the existing set up
    Support services 8
    Overriding cost 6