General Background of Siwes
The student industrial work experience scheme (SIWES), also known as Industrial Training is a compulsory Skills training program designed to expose and prepare students of Nigerian Universities, and other institutions.
The scheme provides students the great eventuality of introducing and showing up themselves to the needed experience in handling the best equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their institution. It supports students and makes them dependent.
Before the foundation of the scheme, there was a growing thought among industrialists, that graduates of institutions of higher learning having inadequate practical background studies preparatory for employment in industries.
Thus employers were of the opinion that the theoretical education in higher institutions wasn’t liable to the needs of the employers of labor.
What is The History of Siwes
SIWES introduction, initiation and design was done by the Industrial Training Fund (I.T.F) in 1993 to deputize students with the excellent skills of handling employer’s equipment and machinery in all useful ways.
The Industrial Training Fund (I.T.F) merely funded the scheme during its originative years. However, due to financial constraints, the fund withdrew from the Scheme in 1978.
The Federal Government, noting the significance of the skills training handed the management of the scheme to both the National Universities Commission (N.U.C) and the National Board for Technical Education (N.B.T.E) in 1979.
The management and implementation of the scheme were however reverted to the I.T.F by the Federal Government in November 1984 and the administration was effectively taken over by the Industrial Training Fund in July 1985, with the funding solely borne by the Federal government.
Objectives, Scope, and Functions of SIWES in Nigeria
- SIWES gives room for students in institutions of higher learning to acquire industrial skills and experiences in their field of study.
- Prepare the students for the industrial work practices they are likely to encounter after graduation.
- Expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not available in their institutions.
- Make the epidemic from school to the world of work easier and enhance the chances of students’ contact for later job placement.
- SIWES gives students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work scenarios thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice.
Signs of Preparation and Success of Students In The SIWES Programme
If you want to compose your level of preparedness for the SIWES 2020 program, then this post will help you to achieve your goal.
You’re about to know what are essential signs that show if you’re actually ready in securing possibles SIWES placement and will lastly get your desired grade and best performances in the program.
You’ll know some costly mistakes you really have to avoid in order to prevent problems.
Finally, you’ll also get to know some very important questions you’ve to sincerely answer by yourself before, during and after your industrial training in Nigeria.
This is the first sign that shows if you are ready or not. Your confidence level determines your competence.
Are you really ready to explore the other parts like such as: working in an organization with your colleagues, abiding by the firm’s rules and regulations, experiencing and handling the labor market in general?
Are you ready to learn, explore and contribute to the various sectors in the country?
Do you really know about the field/zone of SIWES in Nigeria? Have you been told and may be directed by your school on how to easily pay and collect your SIWES logbook, Forms, etc?
Have you learned how to easily write and forward your stress application letters?
If yes, you are getting prepared.
Sending of SIWES Application Letters
Most institutions give their I.T students already drafted SIWES application letters so they enter their details and send them to their desired I.T workplaces.
But, sometimes the hard-working I.T students prefer to write it by themselves. So, which category are you in?
Having paid and collect your SIWES logbook, forms, etc. and have got a good knowledge about the program, have you started visiting the correct locations of your desired course-related firms and submitting your SIWES application letters while waiting for possible feedback back?
If yes, you’re seriously getting ready because times waits for no one.
Acceptance and Commencement Your Industrial Training
Now that you’ve been accepted and probably commenced your industrial training, are you willing to abide by the rules and regulations of the firm?
Are you actually carrying out activities, projects, jobs, that are related to your course of study in a school in the section(s) you’ve been assigned to?
For example: As a Statistics I.T student in the Bank, I hope you’re working in the Statistics Department and not in the Advertising/Marketing Department?
As a Biochemistry I.T student working in a hospital, I hope you’re mainly working in the laboratory section and not in Social Marketing?
You deserve to know better knowledge.
Forwarding of your S.C.A.F Form
You have to completely fill in and send your Student Commencement Attachment Form to the ITF Area Office in the state where training is carried out.
Signing $ Stamping Of Your SIWES Logbook
At your workplace, you’ve to ask and verify from your Industry-Based-Supervisor when your SIWES logbook will be signed and stamped properly.
Will it be on a daily basis, weekly, monthly or at the end of your industrial training?
Do you know the correct way of filling in your SIWES logbook?
You’ll also have to always be punctual to your workplace because you may not know the exact days the University-Based- supervisor assigned to you by your school will probably visit.
If you’re always punctual, hardworking and committed to your work, you won’t only get your desired grade and performances in the program, but you’ll also succeed in life. And I mean it!
ITF Form 8
Now that you’re probably through with your industrial training, is your SIWES logbook completely filled i.e if your training was stipulated for six months, is your logbook completely filled up to the required 6 months and not below or above?
Has your SIWES logbook been completely signed and stamped properly by your Industry-Based-Supervisor?
Have you then fill up your ITF Form 8? Has your employer signed and stamped properly after filling in his/her own section?
Industry-Based-Supervisor and employers are not always the same person and think it will be changed after some period of time.
I will clearly explain…
As a Food Engineering student, I was timely to undergo my own industrial training in Dangote Flour Mills Apapa, Lagos.
I worked in the Quality Control laboratory. Scientist are the person who guided me was my Industry-Based-Supervisor.
He was responsible for teaching, guiding, monitoring me and singing, stamping on my SIWES logbook.
As you can see, he was just only my supervisor,but not actually the true owner of the hospital.
He was just a diligent worker.
So, the Employer’s Section in your ITF Form 8 has to be filled, signed and stamped properly by the owner of the firm in which you undergo your training.
Because the questions of that section given in the form can only be answered and approved by the owner/manager.
If your Industry-Based-Supervisor became to be the owner of the firm, then there is no problem at all.
Now that your ITF Form 8 has been filled up by you, signed and stamped properly by your employer, then you’ll have to send it to the ITF Area Office in the state in which your training is carried out.
Your University-Based-Supervisor has to fill up his/her own section, but you don’t have to worry if you don’t have one.
Just submit it like that as far as it has been filled by either by you or your employer.
While at the ITF Area Office, this ITF Form 8 will be cross-checked before your SIWES logbook will then be signed and stamped properly by anyone of the ITF officials.
Then, you will be given back your form together with your Siwes logbook which you will then submit to your lecturer in school.
Have you learned and know the proper way of writing a good and presentable SIWES report?
Do you know the recommended format which is used in writing your SIWES report?
Have you seen any kind of sample of a related SIWES report before?
If yes, you’re really aiming for success!
Have you’re gone through your SIWES report?
Are you actually prepared to be interviewed by your lectures/supervisors so as to know if actually you participated and benefited from the SWIES program at all?
If you‘re ready and prepared the stage, then the sky is already your starting point in your academic pursuit. Good luck!
Siwes is a program that allows a wider scope of learning for students in Nigeria.