Lagos launches internship scheme for 12000 students

Lagos launches internship scheme for 12000 students

The Lagos State Government has announced plans to train about 12000 final year students of tertiary institutions in the State with the right skills to add value to the society.

It stated that the scheme is designed to help the student imbibe entrepreneurship and employability initiative.

Taggedc ‘Ready. Set. Work’ (RSW), the Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the training will run from July 1 to September 16, 2017.

He said as an improvement on the initiative which started in 2016, students of six tertiary institutions in the State would benefit, while three centres have been designated to host the training.

The six institutions, according to Bank-Olemoh are Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (ACCOED), Lagos State College of Health Science (LASCOHET), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State University (LASU), Michael Otedola College of Education (MOCPED) and University of Lagos (UNILAG).

“When the administration of Governor Ambode came on board, one of the issues he was confronted with from the private sector was that there were major gaps in the work readiness of graduates, and his immediate response was to come up with a scheme to equip graduates from our tertiary institutions with the right skills needed to add value to the society.

“And so, the vision of the RSW is that every graduate from a tertiary institution situated in Lagos must have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to gain meaningful employment or be self-employed and our plan is to train all graduates in tertiary institutions through the RSW.”

The beneficiaries of the scheme would be selected to participate only on competence, and would be trained for thirteen weeks on labour market, mindset reorientation, 21st century skills, entrepreneurship, employability skills and teacher track.

While about 750 of the beneficiaries would be helped to secure internship placement and given skill for life, while there would also be seed funding for winners of the business pitch competition to be held as part of the training.

Interested applicants to register via www.readysetwork.com.ng from June 16.