PRICE Water House Coopers (PwC Nigeria), has announced that it would absorb 10 graduating students of Ready Set Work Initiative of the Lagos State Government, as interns for a period of six months with a possibility of employing them at the end of their internship.
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 of 422 students.
PwC is a major sponsor of the initiative. “PwC is taking 10 of the graduating students as interns to run over a sixmonth 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 while calling on the other organisations sponsoring the initiative to follow the example 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 issue in the country.
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 of Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic, and Lagos State College of Health Technology.
Akpata commended the initiative saying it aligned 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. He said PwC did not only invest money in the initiative as sponsors, but also invested time, effort, commitment, dedication over a 14-week timeframe that the training lasted.
“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.

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