Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a skill training programme designed to expose and prepare students of institution of higher learning for the industrial work situations they are likely to meet after graduation. The scheme was designed to expose students to industrial environment and enable them develop occupational competencies so that they can readily contribute their quota to national economic and technological development after graduation. The Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) was established by the industrial Training Fund in (ITF) 1973 to enable students of tertiary institution have basic technical knowledge of industrial works base on their course of study before the completion of their program in their respective institutions and also to solve the problem of lack of adequate practical skills in preparation for employment in industries by Nigerian graduates of tertiary institutions. The major background behind the embarkment of students in SIWES was to expose them to the industrial environment and enable them develop occupational competencies so that they can readily contribute their quota to national economic and technological development after graduation. 1.1
OBJECTIVES OF SIWES
According to Federal Government in its Gazette of April 1978, the objectives of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) are to: * To extend the knowledge of student and widing their interests as well as to improve their technical skills. * Provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situation thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice; and * Provide students the opportunity to relate what have been taught in the class with the actual knowledge obtainable in the field. * 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. * Prepare students for the industrial work situation they are to meet after graduation; * Make the transition from school to the world of work easier, and enhance students contacts for later job placement; * Expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their institutions. * Enlist and strengthen employers, involvement in the entire educational process and prepare students for employment in Industry and Commerce. 1.2
ITF MISSION STATEMENT
ITF was established in 1971, the Industrial Training Fund has operated consistently and painstakingly within the context of its enabling laws (Akerejola, 2006) i.e. Decree 47 of 1971. The objective for which the Fund was established has been pursued vigorously and efficaciously. In the three decades of its existence, the ITF has not only raised training consciousness in the economy, but has also helped in generating a corps of skilled indigenous manpower which has been manning and managing various sectors of the national economy. The Mission Statement of ITF goes to all the students who participated in the SIWES programme to set and Control Standards of excellence and effectiveness in and offer direct training of professionals technicians, technologists and entrepreneurs to meet the human resources needed for rapid industrial nation and sustainable economic development of Nigeria. 1.3
HISTORY OF ITF
The ITF was established by Decree now an act number 47 0f 6th october,1971, to promote and encourage the acquisition of skills in commerce and industry with a view to generating a pool of indigenous trained manpower sufficient to meet the needs of the economy. This she has successfully being doing for the past 27yrs.The staffs of ITF are fully committed to their duties towards the fulfillment of the mandate. The beehive of activities is also prominent in the 27 Area Offices...
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