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.
An 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, ReadySetWork is aimed at addressing the gaps in the skill set of graduates of tertiary institutions in Lagos State, and curtailing the high level of graduate unemployment in the State. This is to be accomplished through a strategic intervention of thirteen weeks of intensive training in work-based and entrepreneurial skills acquisition.
The project launched its pilot edition in 2016, training 500 final year students from 3 tertiary institutions- Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) and Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET). A total of 472 students graduated from the programme, and we were successfully able to place 197 of these students in internships and apprenticeship opportunities in various corporate organizations including PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), GTBank Plc., FCMB, Total, Access Bank Plc., SystemSpecs to mention a few.
In 2017, ReadySetWork trained 2,000 final year students from 6 tertiary institutions- Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) and University of Lagos (UNILAG).1000 of those students were placed in internship and apprenticeship opportunities in various corporate organizations including PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Leadway Assurance, FCMB, Total, Meadowhall Schools, SystemSpecs, and Estatelinks.
In addition, the ReadySetWork Online Academy was launched, to provide training in foundation courses for up to 10,000 students in their penultimate year who seek to participate in the full-fledged 13 week program during their final year.
This year, 2018, the programme will host 5,000 final year students drawn from 9 Federal and State tertiary institutions. In addition, 20,000 students in their penultimate year from all 9 institutions will be simultaneously admitted to an online learning academy to prepare them for admission into the program in their final year.