Excited. Fulfilled. Happy.
These words best describe the feeling of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the ReadySetWork 3.0 Graduation ceremony which held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 with over 5000 attendees present comprising of top government functionaries, Heads of tertiary Institutions, representatives of corporate partners, and of course the ReadySetWork 2018 graduating set.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said he was happy with the impressive growth of the Entrepreneurship and Employability programme since it was initiated in 2016 adding that it should not be allowed to die.
“I am happy I have made a difference. This is not about bridges, flyovers, it is not about hospitals. I feel so excited that I got this right, and the future of this country is secured with graduates like these” Mr Ambode said.
“Programmes like ReadySetWork must not be allowed to die,” he added.
Mr. Ambode, through the Lagos State Ministry of Education had initiated the 13-week programme in 2016 to prepare students in tertiary Institutions in Lagos for the world of work. The programme kicked off its pilot edition with 500 participants for 3 schools and has grown exponentially to the 25,000 participants in 2018. Cumulatively, 37,500 participants have been trained through the programme in 3 years; 7,500 final year students were trained on campus for 13 weeks up to 30,000 students in their penultimate year took part in the RSW Online Academy which provides training in foundation courses.
Also speaking at the Graduation ceremony, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh expressed gratitude to the Governor for fully supporting the programme and to the Corporate organisations for accepting RSW interns. He also appreciated the volunteer facilitators who have committed their time, resources and comfort to train and mentor the students. He challenged the students go out and be true ambassadors of the programme having gone through the rigor of the training.
“We know that the investment we have made in the students will not only change this State but will change this country” Mr. Bank-Olemoh added
The climax of the ceremony was the announcement of the winners of the ReadySetWork Business Pitch Competition. The 1st place winner of the 2018 RSW Business Pitch Competition was Vivain Afolayan who pitch her beauty product, Glow Palace Skincare. While Ayodeji Joshua Popoola from Unilag took 2nd place with his Eko Laundry Business idea and Mariam Adeniyi, a student of LASU came third with her Snail Factory business idea. The winners were to be awarded 1.5 million, 1 million and 750,000 naira respectively as seed funding and monthly running cost for 3 months but got more from His Excellency who added 5 million to the 1st place winners prize while 3 million and 2 million were added to the prize of the 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively.
Some partner companies that have selected RSW students for internship in their organization also received their interns at the ceremony. The students are placed on 3 months paid internships with organizations like PricewaterhouseCoopers, Total, FCMB, Nestle just to mention a few as well as over 200 SMEs in Lagos State.
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