The Journey to Building the Largest Volunteer Faculty in Nigeria

The 13-week ReadySetWork training programme is barely one month away and all hands are on deck to ensure a very successful implementation of the 2018 edition of the programme. The programme since it’s 2016 debut have not just scaled up the number of students trained yearly as well as participating schools, it has also strived to improve the standards in terms of quality of training delivered and the learning experience of the students. This year, Lagos State Government under the administration of Gov. Akinwumi Ambode is not relenting on its quest to supersede  the successes previously recorded on the project instead it’s raising the bars.

LASG welcomes Caleb University to ReadySetWork

In line with the vision of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode that every graduate from any Tertiary Institution in Lagos State is equipped and ready for the world of work, Lagos State Government has included a private institution, Caleb University, Imota as one of the 8 participating institution for the ReadySetWork programme this year.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh explained the rationale behind the inclusion of Caleb University in the programme when he paid a courtesy visit to the Institutions Vice Chancellor’s office on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 for the ReadySetWork Sensitization.

RSW FACULTY Orientation and Screening kicks off

On Sunday April 8, 2017, Herbert Macaulay Library was a beehive of activities as it hosted the first ReadySetWork Faculty orientation and screening exercise for 2018.

The room was filled to capacity with seasoned professionals who had signed up to volunteer as facilitators in the ReadySetWork training programme. Present were HR managers of A-list Multi-National and local companies, HR consultants, bankers, Educators, IT solution providers, Media and Communication experts to mention a few who eager to join the largest volunteer Faculty in Nigeria.

RSW Sensitization Train at LASPOTECH and YABATECH

After previous successful outings in Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET) and University of Lagos (UNILAG), the 2018 RSW Sensitization tour continued this week with two stops at Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) and Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH).

Speaking at the Sensitization event in YABATECH yesterday, The Rector, Engineer Obafemi Omokungbe didn’t hold back his gratitude to His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for including the Institution in the laudable ReadySetWork programme, though it is a Federal Institution.  “Our students are excited and ready to make the best of this opportunity as much as the school management is ready and willing to provide every required support to facilitate the successful implementation of the programme.” He added.

The RSW Sensitization train at UNILAG: VC Promises Full commitment

The ReadySetWork Sensitization tour stopped at the University of Lagos, Akoka on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 just after the RSW team led by the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh made a similar stop at the Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET), Yaba to enlighten and educate the students – the primary beneficiaries of the ReadySetWork project on the plans for 2018 and how they should key in to it.

At LASCOHET, the team was received by the Provost of the Institution, Dr. Moyo Kasim, who recounted the impact the programme has made not just on the students but the institution also. “ReadySetWork has brought the spotlight on our institution seeing that winners of the RSW Business Pitch Competition from the two editions of the programme were from this school”, He said.

ReadySetWork Kicks off Sensitization tour in LASU

ReadySetWork Sensitization tour 2018 kicked off on Tuesday March 20, 2018 in the Main Auditorium of Lagos State University, Ojo campus.

The auditorium was packed full with students and staff of the institution for the event which is aimed at creating awareness for ReadySetWork amongst students as well as educating them on how to maximize the opportunities it offers.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh while addressing the students told them to make the best use of the opportunity. He stressed the fact that they as well as other students in Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State are the most privileged among their peers anywhere in the Country. “The mandate of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to us is to ensure that every student in Lagos State Tertiary Institutions goes through the ReadySetWork Programme and is adequately prepared for the world of work upon graduation.” He said.

ReadySetWork 2018 Kicks Off: Launches the RSW Faculty

The Lagos State Ministry of Education kicked off the third edition of the ReadySetWork training programme with the launch of the ReadySetWork Faculty at a press conference on Thursday February 22, 2018

Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, affirmed the unwavering commitment of the administration of Governor Akinwunmi  Ambode to ReadySetWork.

In his address, he explained the importance of the launch event. In his words, “What we are doing here is the official launch of The ReadySetWork Faculty, we are building  the largest volunteer faculty in Nigeria. Since the inception of the programme, we have engaged volunteers, who are professionals from various sectors of the economy to train and mentor the students in the 13-week training programme. Last year, we engaged over 118 professionals who committed their time, resources and expertise to impact the lives of the students. With a target of training 5,000 students in 2018, we need to scale up the faculty pool.”

Ambode Approves N30,000 in Monthly Stipends for 1,000 ReadySetWork Interns

  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode recently approved the payment of N30,000 in monthly stipends to ReadySetWork interns who have been placed in various organisations for  6-month paid internships, as well as N8 million in seed funding for the top 5 winners of the RSW Business Pitch Competition, whose businesses will be placed in incubation. The beneficiaries…

Scaling Up for Greater Impact

The RSW 2018 journey has begun!

Lagos Ministry of Education on Thursday February 1st, 2018 held the ReadySetWork Technical Session. It is the session that brings together representatives of all the critical stakeholders of the project which include; Government functionaries, Private sector partners, RSW faculty members, RSW alumni and the project team members to evaluate work done and project for a new edition of the programme.

In this session, the Project team presented to stakeholders the appraisal report of the programme in 2017; the achievements, shortcomings and learning outcomes. The meeting also availed the stakeholders the opportunity to hear success stories of students who were trained and have been hired by partner organisations. They also heard from some of their employers who were present to share the experiences they have with the interns.

ReadySetWork Graduates 1,400 students

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, the entrepreneurship and employability initiative of the Lagos State Government – ReadySetWork 2.0 officially closed for the year 2017 with a grand and well attended graduation ceremony at Landmark Event Centre.

The hall, filled to capacity had in attendance top government functionaries as well as heads of various Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State. Also present were representatives of partner organizations like PwC, FCMB, SystemSpecs, Leadway Assurance  to mention just a few and of course the primary beneficiaries of the training, the Students who were all well dressed for the much anticipated ceremony.