The name ‘SIWES’ is common to tertiary institutions which run courses that involve industrial training programmes. SIWES is a short word for “Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme” According to the National Universities Commission (NUC), SIWES is the accepted skills training programme which forms part of the approved minimum Academic Standards in the various degree programmes for all Nigerian Universties. The main objective of the programme is to bridge theory with practice it making it possible for students to get themselves exposed to ‘real jobs’ and actual job situations and environments.
OBJECTIVES OF SIWES
a) To provide a venue for students in the Nigerian universities to acquire industrial skills and experience in their course of study.
b) To prepare students for work situation they are likely to meet after graduation
c) To expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in the university
d) To make transition from university to the world of work easier and thus enhance contests for later job placement.
e) To provide students with an opportunity t apply their theoretical knowledge in real work situation, thereby bridging the gap between university work and actual practice.
f) To enlist and strengthen employers’ involvement in the entire educational process of preparing university graduates for employment in the industry.