About STEP

OUR OBJECTIVES

WHAT IS STEP?

STEP is an initiative that empowers youth, enhances job creation, and increases access to skills development opportunities.

Duration, Funding and Implementation:

The Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) is for four years, running from 2016 to 2020.

The total budget for the programme is 32.6 million EUR. It is fully funded by the European Union through the 11th European Development Fund.

STEP is being partially implemented by UNESCO (9 million EUR) and partially by the Government of Malawi and grant beneficiaries. The five sub-projects (4.5 million Euro) being run by the grant beneficiaries are:

Name Grant Beneficiary
Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Technician Training Program Lead applicant: Mzuzu Technical College
Co-applicants: Miracle Technical Institute, Zayed Energy and Ecology Centre
Hope for Youth Lead applicant: Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund
Co-applicants: CADECOM
Vocational skills training and empowerment for vulnerable and marginalized young people in conflict with the law and persons with albinism Lead applicant: Prison Fellowship Malawi
Co-applicants: Music Crossroads
Skills training for economic empowerment of street children and disadvantaged youth in Blantyre and Zomba Lead applicant: Samaritan Trust
Co-applicants: Bwalo Initiative
Vocational Skills Development in Malawi Lead applicant: LO/FTF Council
Co-applicants: Malawi Congress of Trade Unions

 

A second call for proposals has gone out, and one or two more sub-projects are expected before the end of 2017. Value of the second call is 800,000 EUR.

OVERALL OBJECTIVE

To empower the TEVET sector and its capacity to satisfy the economy’s need for professionals through improvement of equitable and gender-balanced TEVET

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE 1

Promote equitable and gender-balanced access to TEVET

Result 1.1: Infrastructure of selected TEVET training and assessment institutions is upgraded to improve access

Result 1.2: Enrolment and retention rates of female students and vulnerable per-sons are increased.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE 2

Improve the quality and relevance of TEVET

Result 2.1: Harmonization of the assessment and certification system is improved

Result 2.2: TEVET teachers’ and instructors’ technical and pedagogical skills are upgraded

Result 2.3: Formal training programmes are reviewed to be more demand-driven and experiential models for entrepreneurship are developed

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE 3

Strengthen the governance and management of TEVET regulatory bodies and training institutions

Result 3.1: Partnership and collaboration between stakeholders strengthened

Result 3.2: Governance and management capacity in the TEVET sector, including the training provider level, is improved