Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP)

Gender : Female     Category : SC/ST/OBC/GEN

Government of India has set an ambitious plan training 500 million individuals by 2022 which translates to training 42 million a year. For this purpose, India’s vocational training infrastructure needs to be expanded to meet the diverse and many skill requirements of the population. There has been recent concern about the decline in women’s workforce participation in India. Simultaneously, women have become more aspirational and are ready to contribute equally to the economy.

Training is provided to poor and marginalized women in traditional trades which are largely in the informal sector. The programme strives to build upon the traditional knowledge of women and convert it into sustainable livelihood capacitation.


·    skills  that give employability to women.

·   competencies and skills that enable women to become self-employed/entrepreneurs.

Trades Covered

(a) Assistance under the STEP Scheme will be available in any sector for imparting skills related to employability and entrepreneurship as identified by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) including but not limited to the following:

·         Agriculture

·         Horticulture

·         Food Processing

·         Handlooms

·         Traditional crafts like Embroidery, Zari etc.

·         Handicrafts

·         Gems & Jewellery

·         Travel & Tourism, Hospitality

 (b) Soft skills (which would include computer literacy, language and workplace inter-personal skills relevant for the sector/trade) would be an integral part of the skills training process and must be suitably integrated into the course modules.


The scheme is intended to benefit women who are in the age group of 16 years and above.

Contact Department

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) 

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