The Lagos State Government, under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has announced the approval of ₦15.5 million for participants of the Ready.Set.Work (RSW) program.
Ready.Set.Work is an entrepreneurship and employability training program for final year students of tertiary institutions in Lagos State, aimed at preparing them for economic productivity as value-creating employees or employers of labour.
The program kicked off in June 2016 with 500 final year students from Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), and Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET).
These students were enrolled in a rigorous curriculum either in the employability track or the entrepreneurship track of the program.
At the end of the program, over 90 top performing students in the employability track will be placed in 6-month internship positions with organizations like PwC, SystemSpecs, FCMB, GTBank, Access Bank, TOTAL, Jobberman, Stutern, among others.
In the same vein, 80 students in the entrepreneurship track will also partake in three to six-month entrepreneur apprenticeships.
There, they will learn the tricks of the trade, understand and develop processes for various business functions, and build a network of vendors, industry peers, and mentors.
On September 3, 2016, the RSW Business Pitch Competition will hold where seed funding and working capital (from the ₦15.5 million) will be awarded to the top three teams.
The Ready.Set.Work program will come to an end next week. A Graduation Ceremony will hold on September 13 to officially bring it to a close and celebrate the participating students.