PwC to engage 10 graduates of Lagos entrepreneurship initiative
The Ready Set Work is an entrepreneurship and employability initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education for final year students of the state-owned tertiary institutions consisting Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic and Lagos State College of Health Technology.
Country Senior Partner for PwC Nigeria and Regional Senior Partner for the West Market Area, Uyi Akpata, disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of the pioneer class of the initiative consisting 422 students.
“PwC is taking 10 of the graduating students as interns to run over a six-month period and I can say here from what I am seeing that those 10 people would have almost a foot in the door to get professional careers in PwC,” he said.
He called on other organizations to key into the initiative saying that if at the end of the day 10 per cent of the graduating students gain employment within the sponsors, it would go a long way in not only further supporting the initiative, but also help to address the unemployment challenge in the country.
Akpata commended the initiative saying, it is in tandem with PwC’s objectives as it equips students with the critical skills and know-how necessary to either become employable or become employers of labour.
“It was a no-brainer and we wanted to align with the initiative that has been established and headed by the Executive Governor of Lagos State and of course driven down the line by members of the Ministry of Education. It sure aligned with the PwC’s objectives and about 16 partners from PwC joined in training the participating students,” he said.
He stressed that the company will continue to support the initiative as long as the Lagos State Government and members of the executive and key stakeholders continue to show strong interest in it.
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