It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to 2017!
For the majority, a new year is not just the beginning of a calendar year, it is usually welcomed with new expectations and renewed commitment to lead a new lease of life.
For Team RSW, we are excited about the 2nd edition of the training programme to commence later in the year. We are however very encouraged by the feedback that have continued to pour in after the hugely successful conclusion of the RSW training pilot scheme especially with the absorption of the RSW candidates into the real world of work.
Either as interns in corporate organizations or apprentices in enterprises, these RSW ambassadors are being exposed to realities of the work and business environment that they probably wouldn’t have experienced if not for the intervention of the Lagos State Government through the ReadySetWork programme.
We want to gladly share some of these stories. Here is one:
I am ‘Tobi Idowu, an intern with Access Bank. I work out of Corporate Communications – Sustainability.
My experience at Access Bank so far has been enlightening and interesting. The encounters I’ve had basically has been in tandem with the teachings we’ve had at the RSW intensive classes.
On my first day at work, I was inducted at my unit (Corporate Communications) and after being introduced to people at the unit, many asked how long I’d be with them, after I responded 6 months, from my appearance and the way I sounded, they asked if I was from the training school and I responded with “I’m from Lagos State University”. Out of interest, they wanted to know how I got posted to Corporate Communications – I literally spoke about ReadySetWork being an initiative of the Lagos State Government, facilitated by the Special Adviser on Education on training prospective graduates on the ethics and principles of the world of work amongst other things. One mutual response I got was “That’s a laudable initiative. So the government can do such” and I jokingly would say, it’s the Lagos State Government, they stand out.
Hitherto, it’s been a receptive atmosphere here, it’s like I’m in school again, because I’m virtually learning everyday.
I, and my colleagues, owe Lagos State Government our stay at the bank – our performances and behavior which will have a ripple effect on the chances of the next set of interns being accommodated at Access Bank. We have constantly checked up on one another and remind ourselves to keep it real and easy whilst we are here.
We, also, owe ourselves, the knowledge and experience we hope to garner and gather here.
I say a big thank you to the ReadySetWork team for this platform. God bless you all.
Thank you all and God bless you.