On Saturday July 14, 2018, an excited throng of 5,000 final year students from 8 tertiary institutions in Lagos State converged at three training locations across the State for the kick off of the 3rd edition of ReadySetWork, the Entrepreneurship and Employability training programme of the Lagos State Ministry of Education.
Joined by hundreds of selfless professionals from different sectors of the economy, who have signed up as volunteers in the ReadySetWork Faculty, students arrived at their assigned centres early that Saturday to begin the 13-week programme. The 3 training centres designated to host the program this year include LASU, Ojo campus, LASPOTECH, Ikorodu campus and UNILAG, Akoka.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, speaking about the peculiarity of this edition of ReadySetWork, stressed the unwavering commitment of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to human capital development, especially for Students in Lagos State. He said, “This administration has committed resources to the ReadySetWork project since its inception. In his resolve to empower youths in the State and stem the tide of unemployment, the Governor has mandated that the programme must be expanded to cater for every student in any Tertiary Institution in Lagos State.”
“You we recall that the programme started in 2016 with 500 final year students from 3 institutions namely; Lagos State University, LASU; Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH and Lagos State College of Health Technology, LASCOHET. I am glad to announce that this year; we have 25,000 students from 8 institutions participating in the programme. About 5,000 of these students, who are in their final year, have resumed the 13-week campus classes as of Saturday, while 20,000 others in their penultimate year will participate in the programme through the RSW Online Academy.”
The LASU centre hosting over 2,400 ReadySetWork students was privileged to have the Vice Chancellor of the host Institution, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun (SAN) as well as the Provost of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Dr. (Mrs.) Oladele Aina on campus for the kick off.
Dr. Oladele Aina, addressing the students, stressed the importance of the programme; “This programme helps you to see the real world of work and gives you a seamless transition into it.”
The VC of LASU, without mincing words emphasized how privileged the final year students were to be in the programme this year. “About 10,000 final year students wanted to be a part of this programme, but only you were chosen. What that tells you is this: You are the best of the best. You must recognize your strength and give it your best”- Prof Fagbohun, SAN
In Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, where over 2,000 students are enrolled in the programme, the Rector of the Institution, leading the entire management team was on ground throughout the day to inspire the students and ensure a smooth kick off.
Some of the students could not hold back their excitement as they took to their various social media platforms to give kudos to the State Government and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for this laudable project. Tejumade Akintude said, “This is an amazing programme, I can’t wait to receive more interesting lectures. The content of the programme is rich and impactful”. In the same vein Olumide had this to say; “Lagos State is really investing a lot in the ReadySetWork programme. It is totally worth the time.”
This year, as in previous years, the programme boasts a team of Volunteer Faculty and project support staff, all professional and talented individuals who have chosen to give up their Saturday to train, mentor and positively impact the lives of these students. For the next 13 weeks, they will be bringing to bear their knowledge and wealth of experience to shape and inspire the next generation of workers and business owners.
The ReadySetWork 2018 cohort includes students from 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), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), a private institution, CALEB University.