Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP)
STEP encompasses the training of youths in different skills/trade and helping them to establish their own enterprises for self-employment and to become employers of labour. Alumni of the programme will be branded and promoted as STEPreneurs.
Under STEP, unemployed youths will undergo a 3-phase training plan comprising life skills and orientation course, vocational skills training and business/entrepreneurship training.
STEP covers the following skills areas including:
Computer Hardware Repairs; Catering and Confectionary; Electrical Installation and Repairs; Barbing; Bead-Making; Decoration and Event Management; Hair-dressing/Make-Over; Fashion Design/Tailoring; Tiling; Painting; Block Moulding; Plaster of Paris (POP); Vulcanizing; Welding and Fabrication; Furniture-Making/Upholstery; Electronics Repairs; Plumbing; Carpentry; and Cosmetology.
The skill areas will be modified or expanded to respond to the needs/preferences of participants.
The Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer was created as a special purpose vehicle for the actualisation of job and wealth creation under the S.M.A.R.T agenda. The job and wealth creation scheme has been tagged OkowaPlus.