Student Industrial Workshop Experience Scheme (SIWES) Unit

About Student Industrial Workshop Experience Scheme (SIWES) Unit

ABOUT SIWES

Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a tripartite programme, involving the students, the Universities and the industries (employers of labour). The programme is funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria and jointly coordinated by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the National Universities Commission (NUC). SIWES at the University of Ilorin started in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology in 1979 as an Industrial Coordinating Unit catering for engineering students on Industrial attachment. The unit was formally upgraded to a Directorate in the Office of the Vice – Chancellor in August 1999. Currently, the unit has its own separate building, caters for Thirteen (13) Faculties with about 50 courses/departments.

INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME

  1. The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a Skills Training Programme designed to prepare and expose Students of Tertiary institutions to the Industrial Work situation they are likely to meet after graduation.  The Scheme affords Students the opportunity of familiarizing and exposing themselves to handling equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their Institutions.
  2. It is against this background that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) initiated, designed and introduced SIWES Scheme in 1973 to acquaint Students with the skills of handling Industrial equipment and machinery.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA

(a)        Provide adequate funds to the Industrial Training Fund through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment for the Scheme.

(b)        Make it mandatory for all Ministries, Companies and Parastatals to offer places for the attachment of Students in accordance with the provisions of Decree No. 47 of 1971 as amended in 2011.  The relevant provisions of the amended act are as follows:

Shall Accept Students for Industrial Attachment Purposes

The Decree under section 7A (2) stipulate penalties in default of section 7A (1) (b).

Section 7A (2)

“Any employer who is in breach of the provision of the sub-section (1) of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and liable to conviction:

(a)        In the case of a corporate body, to a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) for the first breach and One Million Naira (N1,000.00.00) for subsequent breach; and

(b)        In the case of Chief Executive, Secretary, or other Principal Officers of the Company, to a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000.00) or two years imprisonment for the first breach and three years imprisonment without option of a fine for each subsequent breach.

OBJECTIVES OF SIWES

Specifically, the objectives of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) are to:

(a)        Provide avenue for Students in Institutions of higher Learning to acquire industrial skills and experience in their course of study;

(b)        Expose Students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their Institutions;

(c)        Make the transition from school to the world of work easier, and enhance Students contacts for later job placement;

(d)        Provide Students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situation thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice; and

(e)        Enlist and strengthen Employer’s involvement in the entire educational process and prepare Students for employment after graduation.

Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a tripartite programme, involving the students, the Universities and the industries (employers of labour). The programme is funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria and jointly coordinated by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the National Universities Commission (NUC). SIWES at the University of Ilorin started in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology in 1979 as an Industrial Coordinating Unit catering for engineering students on Industrial attachment. The unit was formally upgraded to a Directorate in the Office of the Vice – Chancellor in August 1999. Currently, the unit has its own separate building, caters for Thirteen (13) Faculties with about 50 courses/departments.

UNIVERSITY ROLES

The role of the University in this scheme includes the following:

  1. Identify placement opportunities for students’ attachment with industries/ employers.
  2. Organize Orientation programmes for students to prepare them for Industrial training.
  3. Work out Industrial tailor – made programmes with the employers – based supervisor on the National Industrial training guidelines on each course.
  4. Supervise students on attachment and sign their logbooks.
  5. Assess students’ performance and award grades accordingly.
  6. Submit completed ITF Form 8 and comprehensive reports on the scheme to the ITF after the programme.
  7. Prepare and submit Master and Placement lists to the respective coordinating agencies- NUC and ITF