1.0 SIWES INTRODUCTION
The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is one of the Federal Government policies established under decree No 47 of 1971 of industrial training fund. It’s also a skill-acquisition programme designed for the tertiary institutions as a complementary programme to the theoretical education and laboratory and workshop practices engaged in by students in tertiary institutions which, by industrial standards, are inadequate or insufficient to serve the practical needs of the industries. The exercise is for a period of six months.
1.1 HISTORY OF SIWES
As a result of the complaints from the industries about the practical deficiencies of the graduates of the nation’s higher institutions, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), a body established by the Federal Government which engages in the training of technical manpower, undertook to make up for the deficiencies by structuring and establishing Students Industrial Training (SIT), as it then called, about 1973/74. With the rapids growth of higher institutions both in size and number, funding became a problem for ITF which single-handedly funded the programme initially. And by 1979 the management of the scheme was passed on to the National University Commission NUC) a regulatory body for the Universities and its counterpart for the Polytechnics, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). Today, all the bodies involved in SIWES operations each has specific functions to perform. The bodies involved include the tertiary educational regulatory bodies: NUC for Universities, NBTE for Polytechnics, the National Commission for colleges of Education (NCCE) for Colleges of Education; the institutions themselves and the Organized Private Sector (OPS) together with Governmental establishments. And of course, as already stated the Federal Government and the ITF are all involved
1.2 GOALS/OBJECTIVES OF THE SIWES PROGRAMMES
1. Providing an avenue for student in institution of higher learning to acquire industrial skill and experience in their course of study. 2. Preparing student for the industrial work situation they are to meet after graduation. 3. Exposing student to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their institutions. 4. Making the transition from the academic institution to the world of work easier and enhancing students contact for later job placement. 1.3 COMPANY PROFILE
1.3.1ARCELOR NETWORKS LIMITED
Arcelor Networks Limited is an indigenous ICT service oriented firm with years of experience in Data Communication Infrastructure solutions. VISION OF THE COMPANY
The company is envisioned to be a world class company driven by excellence, customer satisfaction and continuous innovations and improvement, and also to provide fast responsive, informed expertise, and consistently high quality solutions, which will make Arcelor Networks a leader in ICT solutions provider in Nigeria and Africa in the near future. To deliver our mantra, our firm has a working relationship with credible partners both our team of qualified employees in all designation and our outsourced partners that enables us deliver our promise of value addition to our respective customers.
1.3.2 ARCELOR NETWORKS LIMITED ORGANOGRAM
2.0 WHAT I LEARNT AT ARCELOR NETWORKS LIMITED AS IT RELATES TO PHYSICS During the time I spent at Arcelor Networks Limited, I focused mainly on three aspects of ICT: * Computer Networking
* Computer Hardware
* Computer Programming
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