Have you been to an interview and after a few rounds of questions you can sense that the potential employer doesn't believe you have the required skills.

The word 'unemployable' is gradually becoming a popular way of describing a Nigerian graduate.

But the Lagos State government wants to turn the tide with its undergraduate training and internship programme, “Ready.Set.Work”.

Most of these unemployed graduates have accepted their fate and are hopeful for miracles while some have made effort to empower themselves and become employable.

Considering the number of students graduating from Nigeria’s tertiary institutions annually which is over 1.8 million, the Lagos State government has seen the need to train students while they are still in higher institutions.

There is a missing link between graduating and getting a job which the state government is trying to find.

Students who have been well taught in tertiary institutions find it difficult to apply textbook knowledge to solving real life problems.

The initiative is meant for graduating students and those in their penultimate year in tertiary institutions.

The second edition of the Ready.Set.Work will begin in few days and the sensitisation programme is gaining momentum.

It is handled by the Lagos State government through the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh.

How To Benefit

Six institutions are participating in the programme - Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos State College of Health Technology, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Micheal Otedola College of Education and the University of Lagos.

Unilag Students at Ready.Set.Work Sensitisation pr

                          Students of the University of Lagos at the sensitisation programme

This is how to benefit from this initiative if you are from these institutions.

It is a 13-week intensive training in work-based and entrepreneurial skills acquisition that will bring together 2,000 final year students drawn from the 6 federal and state tertiary institutions mentioned earlier.

Another 10,000 Year 3 students from all six institutions will be simultaneously admitted to an online learning academy to prepare them for admission into the program in their final year.

Students from these institutions are expected to show interest by logging on to a portal - www.readysetwork.com.ng. - that will be made available for registration from Friday, June 16 and will close before the programme begins on June 24.

After the registration, the candidate is expected to attend classes that will hold from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the individual is expected to attend a minimum of 21 classes.

After the programme, exceptional students will stand a chance of getting a space for internship with private companies in Nigeria, including banks and other multi-nationals.

Students of the University of Lagos at the Ready.S

                           Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh

In the first edition in 2016, Ready.Set.Work hosted 500 students graduated a total of 472 and placed a total number of 197in internship and apprenticeship opportunities in PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers), GTBank Plc., FCMB, Total, Access Bank Plc., and SystemSpecs.

A start-up fund would also be given to the top student at the 13-week programme.

Some undergraduates, who spoke with Bounce News after a sensitisation campaign held in University of Lagos, are looking forward to the training.

Clever Chinonso and Tolu Sofeso believes the programme is a great platform that will empower them with necessary skills relevant to the current job space.

According to Mr Bank-Olemoh, one unique thing about this year’s Ready.Set.Work is that the Lagos State government has expounded the programme to include institutions that are managed by the Federal Government but located in the state.

Face it these young people are Nigeria's future.