The Black Science, Technology and Engineering Professionals (BSTEP), is a non-profit organization that was established in 2005. It is a non-profit Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) advocacy organization that seeks to promote the attainment of a critical mass of SET skills locally, regionally and internationally.
Apart from the goal of achieving competitive SET skills among the black community; we also aim to develop the Black SET Professionals to become responsible leaders within their respective areas of SET and in the general public domain.
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INDUSTRY
Since 2011 BSTEP has successfully placed over 300 students from universities of technologies at different small and medium enterprises across South Africa as part of the requirement for their experiential training. Through this initiative companies host and mentor students who have 2 years theoretical training and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) provides a stipend for the students over the 12-month duration of their training at the company.