Case Study: A Youth Development Programme

Induction for a National Scholarship Programme

 

 

Summary

IDG was asked to design and deliver a youth development programme in the Middle East which would offer exceptional students an insight into the world of work. The programme is attended by 60 Grade 11-12 (16-17 years old) students who have been nominated by their schools. The programme is both inclusive (students come from public and private schools) and exclusive (the programme is for gifted and talented students). IDG work with a tem of local mentors to harness the talent and intelligence of these students and focus it towards the development of leadership, team-working and communication skills. While the key beneficiaries of the programme are the students, the local business men and women also benefit through their development of mentoring skills.

The programme not only develops, but also assesses. A national scholarship programme offers 10 students the funding needed to attend the top international University. The students are academically assessed on their grades, English language and SATs; IDG were asked to conduct the non-academic assessments (leadership and communication).

 

Scope

Design and development of a 2 step modular programme, modification of that programme on an ongoing basis over 7 years, preparation and production of materials, delivery of learning and facilitation of Action Learning Teams, programme administration, facilitation of mentoring programme. 

Solution

The 4 week Grade 11 programme is split into 3 weeks of leadership development and 1week of improving communication skills. The students are split into 6 10-people Action Learning Teams (ALTs) and each team has a mentor (a middle-manager from a local company). The mentors facilitate and run the teams, while 2 facilitators from IDG run the programme as a whole and provide the theoretical side of the learning.

1 day a week the facilitators run an assessment centre structured around 12 tasks (each one led by a different student). The students are assessed using a competency framework created specifically for this programme. They are assessed on either leadership skills or the ability to work as part of a team, depending on their role within the task.

The Grade 12 programme takes place the following summer (by this time the scholarships have been awarded) and the learning is focused on commercial awareness and negotiation skills. The students use this week to start planning for the scholarship programme’s annual conference; they are given a topic and have 3 or 4 weeks to research and put together a presentation in their ALTs. These presentations receive a wide coverage in the local media.

 

Results

The Grade 12 programme takes place the following summer (by this time the scholarships have been awarded) and the learning is focused on commercial awareness and negotiation skills. The students use this week to start planning for the scholarship programme’s annual conference; they are given a topic and have 3 or 4 weeks to research and put together a presentation in their ALTs. These presentations receive a wide coverage in the local media.

 

Feedback

This programme has consistently proved to be of enormous value. Using a system of local mentors has ensured a constant freshness of relevant experience, and the students have never failed to respond enthusiastically to the training offered – Client- Programme Director, scholarship scheme

 

Facts

Industry: Academics / Education
Location: Middle East
Duration of programme: 2 years and is split into 2 parts: a 4 week programme in the summer after Grade 11 and a 1 week programme in the summer after Grade 12.
Solution: 2 step modular programme