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.
Asikhia Tamilore, a first class graduate of UNILAG, who currently interns with PricewaterHouseCoopers (PwC) said though he was very good academically, he barely knew anything about the job market but ReadySetWork was the game changer. In his words, ”ReadySetWork prepared me for the reality I now face in the workplace.” In the same vein, Anyigor Oluchi, a RSW intern with Total Nigeria, confirmed that the training she got from the training programme is the distinguishing factor that has helped her excel at work.
Later, in the session, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh addressed the audience, informing them of the plans for RSW 2018. He disclosed that the programming will be expanded to train 25,000 students and accommodate 9 tertiary institutions as against the case in 2017 edition which catered for 12,000 students from 6 institutions. In his words “this year, we are scaling up for greater impact. We will train 25,000 students from 9 tertiary institutions in Lagos State. 5000 final year students will be in the on-campus training, while 20,000 students in their penultimate years will partake of the RSW Online Academy. ”
He said “in addition to Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State College of health Technology (LASCOHET), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Micheal Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) and University of Lagos (UNILAG), who participated in the programme last year, we are bringing on board Yabatech, Caleb University and Federal College of Education, Akoka. We are not limiting to programme to government schools alone.”
Mr Bank-Olemoh announced that the programme this year will kick off early, precisely in this month February, with the launch of RSW Faculty; the largest volunteer faculty in Nigeria. He urged interested members of the public to register once the portal in opened later this year.