Lagos State continues to lead Nigeria in many areas with innovations on citizen developments and infrastructure. The Government of Lagos has announced the opening of its website to register intending applicants for the 2017 edition of Ready.Set.Work (RSW) scheme, an entrepreneurship and employability initiative program to equip final year students of tertiary institutions in the state with the right skills to add value to society.
ReadySetWork is an employability and entrepreneurship program aimed at preparing final year students for immediate entry into the workforce as employees and employers of labour by equipping them with market-aligned knowledge, soft skills, business tools, and a mindset reorientation to the world of work.
This initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education in partnership with a network of stakeholders including Corporate Nigeria, Lagos state-owned tertiary institutions and training partners is aimed at addressing the gaps in the skill set of graduates of tertiary institutions in Lagos state and seeks to curb the current high level of graduate unemployment in the State through a strategic intervention consisting of thirteen weeks of intensive training in work-based and entrepreneurial skills acquisition.
Some students will be trained in designated centers while some will be trained online.
Government said interested applicants would be able to access the website – www.readysetwork.com.ng from June 16, while the training will run from July 1 to September 16, 2017. The schools to benefit are: Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (ACCOED), Lagos State College of Health Science (LASCOHET), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State University (LASU), Michael Otedola College of Education (MOCPED) and University of Lagos (UNILAG).
The project which made its debut in 2016 with its pilot edition hosting 500 students graduated a total of 472 students from the programme and placed a total number of 197 of these students in internship and apprenticeship opportunities in various corporate organizations including PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers), GTBank Plc., FCMB, Total, Access Bank Plc., SystemSpecs to mention a few.
The programme this year will host 2,000 final year students drawn from six federal and state tertiary institutions while 10,000 Year Three students from all six institutions will be simultaneously admitted to an online learning academy to prepare them for admission into the program in their final year.
Registration will be open by 3.00pm today June 16 and close Saturday June 24