Comprehensive Support and Career Training
Each academic year 100 Dell Young Leaders are selected across the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria. Each Dell Young Leader receives financial support and wrap-around services that help to level the playing field for these first-generation university students. Students who are accepted into the programme begin university with seemingly insurmountable odds, but have a track record of overcoming adversity and leadership potential. After receiving individualized academic and psychosocial support as well as holistic work readiness training, graduates leave the programme ready to defy the odds, secure employment and position themselves for a lifetime of success.
The expectations of Dell Young Leaders are high, but the students will admit those lofty expectations push them to even greater achievements. In addition to attending classes as a full-time student, students in the programme participate in academic skills development workshops and extended learning classes designed to improve the on-the-job soft skills that employers in South Africa look for most. Areas of concentration include psycho-social support, career mentorship and work readiness training.
Future of South Africa
Today’s Dell Young Leaders will contribute to South Africa’s overall economic development as the next generation of skilled professionals. To date, 365 Dell Young Leaders’ bursaries have been awarded. Among its first graduates in 2013, 100 percent have been placed at jobs at top-tier corporate firms or are continuing their studies. Graduates of the programme have embraced their responsibility to lead and set high expectations for the next generation.
For further details on the Dell Young Leaders Programme, please contact our offices at:
University of Cape Town