The 2017 edition of the ReadySetWork training programme officially kicked off on Saturday July 1, 2017 in the 3 training centres across the State namely LASU, LASPOTECH and UNILAG.
Two thousand (2000) students from the 6 participating schools defied the heavy rains that morning to arrive at their various centres as early 7:45am to clock in and register their presence. This year, electronic biometric scanners have been adopted as an added measure of accountability to ensure and track punctually this year.
Mounting the stage to deliver the pep talk for the Meet-a-Mentor session at LASU, Ojo that morning, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh commended the students for already embracing the value of timeliness, which is an important tenet of the programme. He said he was impressed that the students turned up in large numbers at all the centres in spite of the heavy rain experienced in the early hours of the morning.
The Special Adviser explained that the programme would be intensive as lots of activities, both practical and theoretical have been lined up, especially for the final year students to prepare them for life after school.
Concurrently, RSW hosted the Senior Country Partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Mr. Uyi Akpata and the GM/CEO of Seimens Nigeria, Mrs Onyeche Tifase in the UNILAG and LASPOTECH training centres respectively. Mr. Uyi, who was involved in the 2016 edition of RSW and also took in interns from the programme express his conviction that the programme is indeed engaging the set objectives of tackling unemployment in the State. After his talk with the Students, he said “I could feel the eagerness and optimism from the Students and I know they would be changed persons well equipped to excel in life after this programme”.
In all the campuses, which had sufficient mix of candidates representing the 6 participating institutions, students after the pep talk migrated to their various classes for the day’s training. Already, RSW trained facilitators were in various on hand to receive these students, who looked puzzled, not knowing exactly what to expect. The day’s training covered introductory topics like Re-orientation of the graduate; An overview of the labour market; and Introduction to entrepreneurship. The classes were engaging as students took part in various tasks and groups activities as part of the learning process.
At the end of the classes student who were now beginning to have a grasp of the programme expressed their excitement and optimism saying they feel very privileged to have been selected for the programme. They committed to giving it their best.
Aside from the 2,000 final year students participating in the face to face classes, 10,000 students in their penultimate year from the same institutions will also partake of the RSW Academy, which the RSW training only accessible online. Such students are enjoined to take advantage of the online platform as registration is still ongoing on the portal www.readysetwork.com.ng until July 14th, 2017, according to Mr. Bank-Olemoh, “only Students who participate in the RSW Academy in their penultimate year would be chosen for the final year programme next year.
No doubt, this edition of ReadySetWork is on track with promising outcomes.