students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)
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The students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a Skills Training Programme
designed to expose and prepare students of Universities, Polytechnics/Colleges of
Technology/Colleges of Agriculture and Colleges of Education for the Industrial Work
situation they are likely to meet after graduation. The scheme also affords students the
opportunity of familiarizing and exposing themselves to the needed experience in handling
equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their Institutions.
OBJECTIVE OF SIWES
Specifically, the objectives of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) are
a) Provide an avenue for students in institutions of higher learning to acquire industrial
skills and experience in their course of study, which are restricted to Engineering and
Technology including Environmental studies and other courses that may be approved.
Courses of NCE (Technical), NCE Agriculture, NCE (Business), NCE (Fine and
Applied Arts) and NCE (Home Economics) in Colleges of Education are also included.
THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FUND
The Fund is to:
i) Formulate policies and guidelines on SIWES for distribution to all the SIWES
participating bodies, institutions and companies involved in the scheme.
ii) Regularly organize orientation programmes for students prior to their attachment,
iii) Receive and process Master and Placement Lists from the Institution and
Supervising Agencies, i.e. (NUC, NBTE, NCCE);
iv) Supervise students on Industrial Attachment
v) Disburse Supervisory and Students allowances
vi) Organise biennial SIWES National Conference and Annual SIWES Review
THE SUPERVISING AGENCIES (NUC, NBTE AND NCCE)
These Agencies are to:
i) Ensure the establishment and accreditation of SIWES Units in institutions under
ii) Direct for the appointment of full-time SIWES Co-ordinators;
iii) Ensure adequate funding of the SIWES units in all the institutions.
All students accepted for SIWES must be given an orientation on SIWES by their
institutions during which ITF staff must be in attendance.
5.05 Supervision of Students
Students on attachment are to be supervised by Supervisors from their institutions,
professional staff of the ITF, Institutions Supervisors are to visit students at least two times
during the attachment.
5.06 Zonal Supervision
Is a system (Method) whereby students on attachment in a given zone are not necessarily
supervised by their own lecturers, but by other lecturers from designated Supervising
Institutions in that zone.
The Log-books issued to students on attachment by Institutions must be checked and signed
by Institution/Industry- based supervisors and the ITF during supervision.
6.0 SIWES CO-ORDINATING UNITS
Until recently, very few institutions saw the need for the establishment of Industrial
Coordination Unit, and even where they have been established, their activities seem to be
narrowed down to only placing students on Industrial Attachment.
Finally, the success of the scheme as could be seen is dependent on the Ministries,
Industrial Training Fund, Institutions, Employers of Labour and the general public involved
in the articulation and management of it. It is pertinent to mention that the scheme is aimed
at promoting the much-desired technological know-how for the advancement of the nation.
This laudable scheme amongst others will surely develop the much-needed well - skilled
and articulated labour force required to build an indigenous self-reliant economy envisaged