THE STUDENTS INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME (SIWES) CENTRE
The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) CENTRE is under the office and supervision of the Vice Chancellor. The Centre is headed by the SIWES Director who jointly work with College and Department SIWES Coordinators for successful SIWES operations. The Centre is currently located at the first floor of the College of Management Science and Humanities Complex.
OBJECTIVES OF STUDENTS INDUSTRIAL WORK SCHEME (SIWES)
The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is National Universities Commission (NUC) mandatory training programme for some courses, as part of the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard in Nigerian Universities. SIWES is funded by the Federal Government and coordinated by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) under the supervision of NUC. It is jointly implemented by the Universities and employers of labour. The objectives of SIWES are:
- to provide avenue for students to acquire relevant job skills and experience in their course of study,
- to expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in the University,
- to assist students in making transition from the university to work place environment,
- to enhance students contacts for later job placement,
- to provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in real work situation, thereby bridging the gap between academics and actual practice,
- to enlist and strengthen employers involvement in the entire educational process of preparing graduates for employment.
FUNCTIONS/ TASKS OF MTU SIWES CENTRE
- Develop, implement, and regularly review guidelines for SIWES.
- Registration of eligible students for Industrial Training (IT).
- Compilation of list of students from different Colleges for SIWES.
- Timely collection, completion, and submission of all ITF forms/ documents (master list, placement list, direct e-payment form, ITF form 8) to the supervising ITF office.
- Identify placement opportunities for students and assist in placement of students on attachment with employers.
- Issue introductory letters to students for the employers.
- Organize orientation programmes for all students going for IT in collaboration with ITF
- Ensure that students have all required documents for successful placement and completion of IT training before embarking on SIWES.
- Ensure master placement list is timely prepared and submitted to Industrial Training Fund and National Universities Commission yearly (not later than 3 months before commencement of Industrial Attachment).
- Organize and co-ordinate supervisory visits to students at I. T. sites.
- Ensure students SIWES logbooks are examined, vetted, and signed by University Supervisors, Industry-based Supervisors, and ITF staff.
- Effectively follow up ITF on all payments to students and the University.
- Capture students bank details at the point of registration for SIWES.
- Develop and sustain the right attitude and mindset among supervisors thus motivating them to effectively play their supervisory role to the maximum benefit of students during SIWES.
- Prepare and submit reports on the scheme to the ITF after the programme.
- Resolve problems arising from Industrial Training during and after the training.
- Develop and track relevant data on students SIWES to facilitate the development of a SIWES data base for the University.
- Ensure accreditation of MTU SIWES Center by NUC.
- Work with relevant Colleges/ Departments to ensure accreditation of courses for approved SIWES programme.
- Liaise and build good relationship between the University and relevant organisations (NUC, ITF, Industries, etc.).