STEP Institute

STEP Institute is a dynamic and innovative NGO organization based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The heart of the organization represents a core team of interdisciplinary experts, who work along with different external trainers and experts. STEP covers the following disciplines: psychology, sociology and business administration.

STEP Institute aims to promote work psychology and entrepreneurship among schools, disadvantaged groups, SMEs and local communities. The purpose is to increase employability, empower people for entrepreneurship and foster personal development. Its goal is to include at least 500 people per year into our programs and to reach at least 6000 people per year through different dissemination activities.

The Institute was established as an answer to increased unemployment in Europe. It offers solutions for sustainable development of entrepreneurial competencies. Another common challenge they want to address is the need for more sustainable and integrated approach to professional development. In their work they use highly interactive and engaging methods that foster creative solving of the problems and open new paradigms in thinking.


  1. Employment Service of Slovenia is a public body – labour market institution. It is an independent legal entity with public institute status operating uniformly across the entire country. Main activities: employment advice and jobbroking, life-long career guidance, implementation of active employment policy (AEP) measures and programmes, preparation of analytical, development and other professional materials related to ESS activities.
  2. Slovenian human resource association is a major national association of HR managers and experts. In total, the societies consist of over 900 individual members, professional managers and experts from enterprises, institutions and other establishments involved in human resources and the development of human resource management.
    ISA Institute is a private NGO organization dealing with psycho-educational programs for different disadvantaged groups, trainings of professional and lay public, individual and group psychological and psychosocial counseling. ISA Institute is active in Norway grants projects.
  3. Slovenian Psychologists’ Association is a professional association on the national level which brings together psychologists from different fields: work and organisation psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology etc.
  4. Clients of STEP Institute founders: a bundle of different SMEs and large companies from various industries: fast moving consumer goods, retail, logistics and small business owners. The clients are employers at local and national level.
  5. Universities. STEP has strong connections with all three major Slovenian universities: University of Ljubljana, University of Maribor and University of Primorska.

Activities of STEP Institute can be divided in six categories:

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Primary focus is development of basic soft 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. Design of entrepreneurship’s trainings and curriculums. Their interactive approach includes tools as design thinking, business modelling, lean start-up and rapid prototyping. They use them when designing eco and social innovations.
  • SOCIAL INCLUSION. Here they deal mainly with challenges of unemployed people. Their goal is to increase their employability with combination of trainings, individual/team support and mentoring.
  • PERSONNEL & 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 & 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.
  • RESEARCH. Academic background and experience in marketing research enable 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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