Though it is arguable that some of the privileged graduates of tertiary institutions that have participated in the ReadySetWork training in previous editions esteem their RSW certificate much more than their school leaving certificates – Well, I get that vibe from my interaction with some of my friends. However, the progress the initiative is making in bridging the skill gap in the emerging work-force in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole is indisputable.
RSW has been a life-saver – it has given meaning and practical hope to the youths of Lagos and Nigeria by extension. Being a student couldn’t have been any better, ReadySetWork gave us the feeling of relevance, the facilitators made us believe we were important and we sure are!
In ReadySetWork, transformation is quickly imminent even after the very first class at the training, simply because you’re taught to value yourself and immediately bask in the euphoria of being professional in your dealings.
The very interactive and practical sessions which has been one of the many trademarks of ReadySetWork gives you a high sense of belonging. Class participation challenges your acuity – speaking publicly becomes contagious because every participant is tasked directly or indirectly to deliver. The urge is to engage issues intelligently is naturally ignited.
RSW graduates and participants through the training at the programme, understand the difference between self-confidence and cockiness. RSW encourages participants to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.
I can go on and on about this laudable programme and my takeaways from it, but it’s obvious that the skill gap that RSW is bridging has over-time improved the quality of workforce introduced into the labor market and the our economy is the better for it.
- Oluwatobi Idowu
Oluwatobi Idowu is a graduate of Zoology from the Lagos State University. An entrepreneur with keen interest in Corporate Communications. He currently serves as an Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University.