About the Program

The program, a project of The Office of the Special Adviser on Education is an employability and entrepreneurship training program aimed at preparing final year students of Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions for immediate employment by equipping them with market-facing knowledge, the right attitudinal skills and work-life orientation and improving the quality of work readiness skills based on the right mix of technical knowledge, global awareness and digital tools required to be 21st century knowledge workers.

Ready Set Work enters its fourth year this year with a focus on digital literacy and how the changing world of technology will be used to change the context of learning and education across the state. The fourth pillar of the Lagos State 2019 Development agenda- T.H.E.M.E.S recognizes technology as the springboard for the take-off of a 21st-century compliant learning system which Lagos state has set a standard for and is championing through various digitally-compliant educational intervention programs.

Already, the Lagos State Ready Set Work project is generating massive ripple waves across the world of work in the Lagos-based private and public sector as more corporate organizations recognize its impact and embrace the concept in enlisting our graduates to fill internship slots in their organizations. From 2016 to date, over 2,000 of our graduates have earned internship opportunities with some of the most reputable firms across different sectors of the economy, at the end of which some of them were granted automatic full employment. Notable organizations such as PwC, Total, Nestle, Systemspecs, FCMB, GTB among others have demonstrated faith in the program as a laudable initiative that must be progressively pursued and supported as a strategic PPP initiative that can boost the quality of current human resource capacity among young and aspiring managers. Its model is being adapted and replicated at various levels in different states of southwest Nigeria and across Nigeria in general.

The project launched its pilot edition in 2016, training 500 final year students from 3 tertiary institutions – Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) and Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET). A total of  472 students graduated from the programme and we were successfully able to place 197 of these students in internships and apprenticeship opportunities in various corporate organizations including:

In 2017, ReadySetWork trained 2,000 final year students from 6 tertiary institutions – Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) and University of Lagos (UNILAG). 1000 of those students were placed in internship and apprenticeship opportunities in various corporate organizations including:

The ReadySetWork Online Academy was launched to provide training in foundation courses for up to 10,000 students in their penultimate year who seek to participate in the full-fledged 13 week program during their final year.

In 2018, the programme hosted 5,000 final year students drawn from 9 Federal and State tertiary institutions. In addition, 20,000 students in their penultimate year from all 9 institutions were simultaneously admitted to an online learning academy to prepare them for admission into the program in their final year.

Ready Set Work 2019 will host 5000 final year students of the two foremost Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions in a twelve-week learning module based on a unique blend of classroom learning with online-based case studies and assessments to provide a rounded learning experience for our final year students as they take their first major ‘leap of faith’ into the world of life and the world of work.

The program commences in two learning centres – The Lagos State University, Ojo and the Lagos State Polytechnic , Ikorodu in the third week of November 2019.

Ready. Set. Work! Bigger. Bolder. Better!