STEP Institute

STEP Institute is dynamic and innovative private non-profit organization that is dealing with people development. It is based in the centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

STEP Institute’s mission is to empower people for better functioning in work environment. Organization is focused on ambitious innovative projects that help people to discover and nurture talents, develop soft skills and realize entrepreneurial ideas into practice. In the projects they are usually associated with developing interactive workshops, creating innovative learning material, applying tools for entrepreneurial / creative thinking, offering coaching/mentorship and developing new business models.

The heart of the STEP Institute represents a core team of interdisciplinary experts, who work along with external trainers and experts. All members have master’s or Ph.D in the fields of psychology, economy and sociology, so they offer multidisciplinary approach to complex challenges such as unemployment, lack of employability skills, weak business thinking and social exclusion.

As an organization that is active at a crossroad of work and education it has established rich contacts with educational institutions, business associations, private companies and non-governmental organizations. Among its most important target groups are potential and existing entrepreneurs, teachers, students, employees and members of disadvantaged groups.

The STEP Institute will cooperate in the project with the following expertice:

• Professional development. Primary focus is development of social and professional competencies for employees in schools, organizations and private companies. Workshops, e-learning, virtual learning, individual coaching and peer coaching are some of the methods they use.

• Entrepreneurship & Innovation. STEP Institute designs entrepreneurship’s trainings, curriculums and projects. Its interactive approach includes tools as design thinking, business modelling, lean start-up and rapid prototyping. They use them when designing eco and social innovations or planning crowd-founding campaigns (like Kickstarter)

• Social inclusion. Here they deal mainly with challenges of unemployed people. Their goal is to increase employability with combination of trainings, individual/team support and mentoring. Currently, integration of immigrants in job market is one of the hottest topics.

• Personnel and work psychology. In this area they deal with assessments of training needs, evaluation of acquired competencies, new labour market policies and career guidance methods.

• Organizational change and growth. They support private and public organizations in change, growth and innovation. By following the rules of internal marketing they foster implementation of new activities into practice.

• Quantitative and qualitative research. Academic background and experience in marketing research enables them to design wide range of questionnaires for monitoring project results. They are also skilled in qualitative research, especially focus groups and in-depth interviews.

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