CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 HISTORY OF SIWES The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is the accepted skill training program which forms part of the approval of minimum academic standard in the various degree programs for all Nigerian universities. Also the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme [SIWES] in Nigeria is a prerequisite to graduation from the tertiary institution in science related courses, engineering, agriculture and various other programmes. This is an effort to bridge the gap existing between theory and practical of engineering and technology, sciences, agriculture, management and other professional educational programs in the Nigerian tertiary institutions. The Student Industrial Work Scheme [SIWES] was initiated by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in 1973 as a means of harmonizing post-graduation endeavours. The scheme was therefore introduced to provide students with the much needed practical experience in order to promote their technical knowledge and serve as a means of exposure of students to industrial activities. The scheme requires students to go out to their various fields of expertise to gain experience which wouldn’t have been possible ordinarily in their schools. As the training programme goes on, students are exposed to different equipment and facilities allowing them practicalise the theoretical knowledge they have acquired in the lecture room. 1.2 AIM OF SIWES It is aimed at exposing students to equipment professional and work methods and serves as a way of safe guarding the work area and workers in the industries and other organizations. It is also aimed at promoting and strengthening the technical know-how of the students in order to develop their skills and 1
abilities to make them self-reliant. The scheme in a general sense is a tripartite programme involving the students, the university and the industries or institutions. 1.3 OBJECTIVES OF SIWES SIWES has many objectives but some of the main objectives are as follows; v To prepare students on working situation after graduation. v To bridge the gap between college work and actual practice. v To give room for the application of theoretical knowledge in real life situations. v To ensure the transition from school to the world of work and enable students contact job placement. v To expose students to work methods and techniques in handling various equipment and machines that are not available in their institutions. v To prepare students for employment in terms of punctuality and adherence to various rules and regulations. v To give students an opportunity to apply their theoretical skills in their various fields of study. 1.4.0 BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NIGERIAN COLLEGE OF AVIATION TECHNOLOGY
(NCAT) ZARIA The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria formerly known as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Center (NCATC) was set up by Act. No. 31 of 1964 The idea of a center for aviation training in Nigeria was first noted at an International Forum, the 12th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly held in San Diego, California, USA in 1959. The Federal Government of Nigeria then formally requested the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to appoint experts to assess the actual requirements for the setting up of a Civil Aviation Training Center in Nigeria. 2
The report of the project was approved in 1963 and a bill establishing a center for Civil Aviation Training at Zaria, Nigeria was passed by the Federal Legislature on 29th September, 1964 and signed into law on October 23rd 1964 by an act of parliament and commenced academic activities in 1966. The Center was established as a joint programme between the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This joint programme of assistance from the UNDP and ICAO came to an end on 31st December 1974 and the Federal Government of Nigeria...
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