The Skills Training Empowerment Program (STEP) recently commemorated its second anniversary with a week of activities. STEP was officially launched on 16th February 2017 with a stated intent of providing skills training for participants of the programme. The rationale was for the change from People Employment Program (PEP), a job placement program, to STEP was to go beyond merely giving persons jobs.
While the PEP served as a job placement programme to reduce the relatively high unemployment in the country at the time of its introduction in 2012, STEP went further. The Team Unity government did not stop the payment of a wage to persons but decided that the emphasis and focus will be skills training and development, persons equipping themselves with skills.
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