Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a skill development program designed to prepare students of Universities, Polytechnics/monotechnics and colleges of education for transition from the college environment to work (Akerejola 2008). Oyedele (1990) state that work experience is an educational program in which students participate in work activities while attending school. 1.1brief histories of SIWES
The Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) was established in 1973/1974 section. Prior to the establishment of the scheme, there was a growing concern among Nigeria industrialist that graduates of our Universities and other higher institution of studies lacks adequate practical background studies preparatory for employment in the industries. It is against this background that the rationale for initiating and designing the scheme was pivoted. Consequently the scheme affords student the opportunity of familiarizing and exposing themselves to the required experience in handling equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their institution. The future prospect of the scheme to Nigeria as a nation is to help meet up the technical know-how needed to galvanize the industrial sector of the nation with indigenous expertise.
Many Universities including Uni-Agric makurdi believe, in the provision of an avenue for the students to acquire practical industrial exposure in their respective discipline during the course of their studies. This is because such exposure would groom the students to fit more readily into industrial work environment after graduation. The scheme also offers lecturers the opportunity to evaluate the relevance of training to the needs of industries. 1.3Objectives of the scheme
i. To enlist and strengthen employers involvement in the entire educational process of preparing University graduate for employment in industry ii. To provide an avenue for students in the university to gain industrial skill and experience in their field of study iii. To provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situation, thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice.
1.4Brief History of my Attachment area (Radio Benue Makurdi) Radio Benue is a mass media organization which made information dissimilation as their targeted goal. The organization conveys information from one place to another using Radio Frequency (RF). Radio Benue was part of the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) until when it was carved out of NBC in 1978 and ran by Benue State Government during the military re-organization of radio broadcasting. It has, apart from the mother station in Makurdi, two substations; the Katsina-Ala substation and the Idekpa substation. All these are to enable the dissemination of information to the grass root. The mother station is located at km 4, Old Otukpo road, Makurdi. The station handles both amplitude modulation AM transmission and frequency modulation FM transmission. The AM station is carried out with a transmitter of 50kw power rating and at a frequency of 918 kHz. The 50kw AM transmitter is located some kilometers away from the studios such that, a microwave transmitter of very high frequency of about 154MHz is used to transmit signals from the studio to the transmitter 50kw. The FM transmission is done with a transmitter of 30kw power rating and at a frequency of 95.0MHz. Audio signals are conveyed from the studios to the transmitter via cables. Radio Benue accepts and broadcasts a wide range of programmes including local dialects and commercials. Its engineering department has a sub-department, a maintenance department to take care of its equipment. The station was formerly run by a management system where it had General Managers but of recent, the system has been changed to a directorate system where it is now with Director Generals (D.Gs). Radio Benue is organized into...