For one week, two thousand, three hundred and twenty five (2,325) persons will engage in beautification and de-bushing works in communities around the island.
It is expected that this cycle will provide much needed assistance to poor households who are currently struggling to meet monthly expenses and are preparing their children for the September 2013 school year.
A deliberate effort was made to engage single parents, who have never been employed under the programme before.
STEP, along with the $500 bursary to students at the Common Entrance level, are two programmes designed to provide financial assistance in time for the September 2 start of the 2013 school year.
In addition, the Government of Saint Lucia continues to support the School Transportation Subsidy Programme, the School Feeding Programme as well as the Book Bursary/Rental Scheme.
STEP was re-instated by the Saint Lucia Labour Party Administration, immediately after the 2011 General Elections and is administered in five cycles.