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3rd September, 2017


ReadySetWork is an employability and entrepreneurship program aimed at preparing final year students for immediate entry into the workforce as employees and employers of labour by equipping them with market-aligned knowledge, soft skills, business tools, and a mindset reorientation to the world of work. This initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education in partnership with a network of stakeholders including Corporate Nigeria, Lagos state-owned tertiary institutions and training partners is aimed at addressing the gaps in the skill set of graduates of tertiary institutions in Lagos state and seeks to curb the current high level of graduate unemployment in the State through a strategic intervention consisting of thirteen weeks of intensive training in work-based and entrepreneurial skills acquisition. The project which made its debut in 2016 with its pilot edition hosting 500 students graduated a total of 472 students from the programme and placed a total number of 197 of these students in internship and apprenticeship opportunities in various corporate organizations including PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers), GTBank Plc., FCMB, Total, Access Bank Plc., SystemSpecs to mention a few. ReadySetWork 2017 in a bold renewal of the commitment of the Lagos State Government to youth employment, engagement and empowerment through access to quality learning and employment expands its scope and frontiers to include a Teacher track in the programme targeted at students pursuing a degree in education. The programme this year will host 2,000 final year students drawn from six federal and state tertiary institutions while 10,000 students in their penultimate year from all six institutions will be simultaneously admitted to an online learning academy to prepare them for admission into the program in their final year. The program kicks off on the 1st and ends on the 16th of September 2017 VISION Every student who graduates from a tertiary institution located in Lagos State will possess the knowledge, skills and attitude required to be self-employed or become a value adding employee. ReadyTeachers This year, RSW introduces the teacher track for final year students at Lagos State teacher training colleges/colleges of education.ReadyTeachers will prepare students for the 21st century, borderless classroom by equipping them with global-standard teaching techniques and skills. In the first four weeks of RSW, students in this track will be exposed to general content (soft skills, digital skills, industry awareness, business skills etc.) alongside their peers from other institutions/fields of study. In the 8th week of the program, this cohort of students will receive rigorous, specialized training in best-practices for the 21st century teacher. Top performing students in the ReadyTeachers will be placed in internships with schools or education-focused businesses across Lagos at the end of the program.