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.
A critical component of The ReadySetWork programme, like any training of its kind and scale is the quality of the training Faculty. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh aptly describes the importance of the faculty saying “We know we cannot over emphasize the critical role the RSW Faculty places. They are not just training facilitators, they are aspirational mentors to the students and that’s why we are deliberate and intentional about the calibre of people in the faculty.”
The RSW Faculty is a volunteer faculty that consists of professional from various sectors in the economy who have chosen to train, mentor and impact positively on the next generation of workers and business owners bringing on board their knowledge and wealth of experience into the classroom. “We have decided to drive the faculty by volunteers to ensure the sustainability of the programme and to give several professionals the opportunity to give back to the system” – Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh.
Since the official launch of the ReadySetWork faculty in January this year, we have done so much work to ensure that we build the largest and the best volunteer faculty in Nigeria. It is interesting to see that about 1200 people signed up and about 800 of them have been screened already.
“While we appreciate the gesture of people to willingly sign up for this, we are also very mindful of the quality of people that would stand before the students to train them during the programme. So we also screen the volunteers to ensure they meet our standards and align perfectly with the programme goals. After they are screened and selected, they also undergo an on-boarding and Train-the-Trainer session to make sure they understand what is expected of them and are ready for it. This we do so that we can be confident that the students are getting the best quality in every class.” Mr. Bank-Olemoh added.
On Friday June 1, 2018, the second batch of screened facilitators were on-boarded while screening which started in May is still ongoing on rolling bases till the end of the month.