BTE Student Stories


Healthcare mentors are key to any successful Bridge to Employment (BTE) program. At BTE – Cape Town, South Africa, Laura Nel led and inspired a cadre of Johnson & Johnson mentors.

As one colleague describes, “The success of the Cape Town BTE site has much to do with the passion, energy and tenacity of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cape Town Corporate Affairs Director, Laura Nel.” Laura used every public platform as the National Business Initiative Chairperson to promote BTE and acknowledge the role that mentors play in nurturing, guiding, and coaching the young minds entrusted to them. She attended every parent and BTE student meeting hosted by the school to offer encouragement and provide information.

Laura recruited mentors and brought more than 24 young employees of the company forward to take on the awesome job of mentoring BTE students.