Ready Set Work

RSW is an employability and entrepreneurship program that prepares students for immediate entry into the workforce as employees and employers of labor.

The program equips them with market-aligned knowledge, soft skills, business tools, and a mindset reorientation to the world of work.

In partnership with the Lagos state Ministry of Education and a network of stakeholders, this initiative made its debut in 2016, hosting 500 students and graduating a total of 472 from the programme with 197 of these students placed in internship and apprenticeship opportunities in various organizations. In response to the overwhelming success of the 2016 initiative, the 2017 programme scaled up to serve over 2,000 students through face-to-face training and 10,000 through an online academy. In 2018, the more than 5,000 students enrolled for training across nine tertiary institutions in Lagos State with more than 20,000 accessing the programme online.

The programme addresses the skills gaps that holds back graduates from tertiary institutions in Lagos state saddling them with high levels of graduate unemployment. Through a strategic intervention consisting of thirteen weekly sessions of intensive training in work-based and entrepreneurial skills acquisition, graduate learn the skills they need to meet the needs of real-world employers.

The training curriculum developed by GEN and our partners WAVE Academy, focuses on helping the students build skills in 5 core areas: Time management, Problem solving, Communication, Teamwork and Expectation management.

GEN also developed a RSW “Employability” Rating, a proxy reputation system to independently assess and rate students and report their abilities (professional skills NOT job-specific functions) to prospective employers to make the employer-employee matching process more efficient. Read more