Student Leadership Development Programme (SLDP)


About The Programme

We are a youth employability charity that exists to harness the leadership potential of a diverse group of young people, providing them with opportunities to increase their employability and in turn get their foot in the door of top employers. From starting out on a university campus to having a brand spanking HQ in the heart of London and a second office in Nottingham, we want to support student leaders to turn their time at university into employment outcomes.

The innovative Student Leadership Development Programme (also known as the Elevation Networks Leadership Programme – ENLP) is a year-long programme that supports students from non-traditional backgrounds that are displaying leadership potential, but lack the necessary networks and support systems to turn their time at university into an employment outcome upon graduation.


The Stages

Stage 1

1. Knowledge Development 
You will develop your knowledge on diversity issues from some of the best minds in the UK.

Stage 2

2. Leadership Skills Training
You will also be trained on important aspects such as public speaking, networking and managing a team.

Stage 3

3. Project Design
You will design a project or campaign to combat a diversity issue that you are extremely passionate about.

Stage 4

4. Project Delivery
Once you design your project, you will then deliver it with the aim to engage at least 300 young people.

Stage 5

5. International Participation
After you have delivered your project you will have the opportunity to find out how you can engage with influential stakeholders on an international level. You will also travel to Geneva, Switzerland to visit the United Nations Office.

Stage 6

6. Graduation
You will graduate at our annual Leadership Summit at the former residency of Queen Elizabeth II, The Commonwealth Secretariat HQ. You will also receive an Institute in Leadership and Management qualification.

Case Studies

James Sesay

James’ project BISCEY sought to motivate young people in the area of Southwark to pursue the career of their choice and making their dream job reality. He organised a ‘Lunch in the City’ featuring guest speaker Prem Goyal OBE. The event covered a range of topics which included: the importance of education, staying motivated, finding the right balance of work and extracurricular and also surrounding yourself around the right people. James graduated from The University of Essex in 2014 after achieving a first class degree in BSc Economics. He is currently interning at Thomson Reuters and in September will begin an MSc in Finance at Imperial. He continues to be active with Project BISCEY and is currently making plans for the next academic year.

Paul Nguyen

Student Leader Paul strives to Improve Dialogue between Small Charities and Big Businesses. As his project for SLDP, Paul founded Corporate Funding in Transition or C-FIT for short. He put together a team of nine master’s students to organise an innovative, free public forum at LSE which aimed to improve relationships and facilitate partnerships between companies and small and medium-sized charities in the UK. The forum included a two-hour roundtable discussion with a panel of company and charity representatives followed by a networking reception.
Paul received funding from Starbucks, O2 and the London School of Economics Department of Management to support this event which took place in May 2014.
For more information follow @CFIT2014 and @PaaulNguyen 

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Our programme runs 1-2 times a year in spring and autumn.
For more information about the programme and how to apply, please email:


Can I balance this with my studies?

Yes you can. The programme only requires 40 hours of your time throughout the year (excluding the trip to Geneva which will be on a weekend) and it is entirely up to you how you divide your time.

What kind of projects can I do ?
There are a variety of projects that you may want to undertake. These can be within your local community, university, society, and even abroad. You will also receive guidance in project design.

Will I need to pay for my own travel to Geneva?
No. Elevation Networks will cover this cost.  The only thing you will need to cover is your spending money.

Will I get a reference for this?
Yes. Upon completion you will receive a signed reference.

Can final year university students apply?
Yes. The programme is not too time intensive and you will only need to dedicate 40 hours throughout the whole year. 

How can I engage 300 students?
You will be able to engage a large amount of students through our Great Debate Tour.

Will I get support with my project? 
The EN team will be on hand to support you with any of your project needs


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