Participants in this year’s edition of Ready. Set. Work, RSW, an employability and entrepreneurship training initiative of the Lagos State Government have been advised to take advantage of the programme to carve a niche for themselves in the labour market.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh gave the advice during the formal opening of the programme at the Lagos State University, Ojo over the weekend.
Five thousand final year students from eight tertiary institutions in Lagos State are currently taking part in the programme at three designated centres, while twenty thousand others in their penultimate years are participating online through the RSW Academy.
Institutions where the participants are drawn from are , the Lagos State University, the State Polytechnic, College of Health Technology, Adeniran Ogunsaya College of Education, University of Lagos, Yaba college of Technology, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education and a private institution, Caleb University.
Three of these institutions have been designated as training centres.
Mr Bank-Olemoh who pointed out that there are many resources which students could utilize to improve themselves urged the participants in the RSW programme to be focused and committed to maximize the numerous opportunities inherent in the initiative.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, some of the participants who were visibly excited said they were ready to give it their best shots.
For thirteen Saturdays, the participants are expected to resume at their designated centres where they would be mentored and tutored by professionals from various fields of endeavours who had volunteer as faculty members.
Radio Nigeria reports that at the end of the intensive programme, two thousand of the participants would be placed on internship with notable companies in the State, while some others who are business-inclined would be supported with seed funding from the Lagos State Employment Fund.