Within First Steps in Vocational Development project we work with local partners, businesses, companies, employers, young people from vulnerable communities, educational institutions, with local coordinators in individual locations contributing to the promotion of sustainable and quality employment, and the reduction of social and economic inequalities among young people and the achievement of economic independence of the target group. The project offers mentoring, career guidance, training for personal and professional development, access to employment opportunities. The project will seek the active partnership of vocational schools and employers, who will also receive trainings responding to the real needs of the participants, so as to obtain effective practical tools for institutional cooperation and integration of disadvantaged young people.

Partner schools

In Sofia Trust for Social Achievement Foundation cooperates with partner schools, which includes working with disadvantaged youth aged 15-18.

Mentors help children build

* building soft skills

*career guidance

For the schools that are part of our partner network, we organize trainings for teachers aimed at creating a supportive and favorable school environment.

Training will be conducted by certified trainers and according to the methodology of International Step by Step association.


Vocational high school for leather goods and textiles

The educational institution was created after the merger of two schools – a shoe school, founded in the 1930s, and a private girls’ clothing school “Prosveta”, founded in 1932. In 1949, it was transformed into a factory-factory class for a shoe factory “9. IX.” In 1956, the school became SPTU, and in 1957 – a technical school specializing in “Shoe Production Technology”. For the last 15 years, the school has been training children in the specialty “Machines and equipment in the sewing and shoe industry”.



The school dates back to 1893. This is the first girls’ vocational school in Bulgaria, founded on the initiative of the “Mother” charitable society, chaired by prominent Bulgarian public figures Yordanka Filaretova and Ekaterina Karavelova.