The Lagos State Government through the Ready Set Work (RSW) will empower will empower 2,000 final year students from six institutions in the state as season 2 of the scheme begins.
The 13-week programme, which will run from July to September 23 started last weekend at the Lagos State University (LASU).
In addition, 10,000 other students in their penultimate year will undergo online training in preparation for the Season 3 of the RSW next year.
Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said the programme is the state’s entrepreneurship and employability programme for final year students to help bridge the gap between the town and the gown.
He said: “The 12,000 students will be trained on critical thinking, life skills, soft skills, employability skills and entrepreneurship. At the end of the programme, the best students will get internship placement across the country.
“Last year, we placed 200 students. This year we will be placing 750 students. 2,000 are participating directly while 10,000 students in their penultimate class are participating online. The 2,000 students are being trained at three centres – LASU, the University of Lagos and the Lagos State Polytechnic.”
He continued: “We started this last year in response to complaints about the quality of our graduates. As a result, the governor gave us a clear directive to come up with an initiative to solve our problem. For us in Lagos it is critical we do this. Lagos is the fifth largest economy in Africa. We have to ensure that we are producing graduates that can help us continue to drive this economy. We are building their employability skills and entrepreneurial skills”.
One of the facilitators, Mrs Bunmi Agozu who trained the students on ‘self-understanding, said the classroom and certificates were insufficient to have a successful life.
One of the beneficiaries, Desmond Eze, lamented the high level of unemployment in the country and thanked the state government intervention to reduce it.
Another student, Fatima Idowu, who aspires to be a career woman, noted that one major area she has benefitted from the programme is self-discipline. She also thanked the government for its commitment to youth empowerment, the NATION reports.