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After the colonial era there was urgent need for industrialization and economic growth but, the major concern among industrialists was that, graduates of institutions of higher learning lacked adequate practical background studies preparatory for employment in industries. Thus, employers were of the opinion that the theoretical education in higher institutions wasn’t responsive to the needs of the employers of labour and consequently, Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), also known as Industrial Training was introduced. The SIWES is a Skills Training Programme designed to expose and prepare students of Nigerian tertiary institution for the industrial work situation they’re likely to meet after graduation. The scheme also affords students the opportunity of familiarizing and exposing themselves to the needed experience in handling equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their institution. According to the National Universities Commission (NUC), SIWES is the accepted skills training programme which forms part of the approved Minimum Academic Standards in various degree programmes for all Nigerian Universities. Hence, for our university (Kebbi state university of science and technology, Aliero) to fully comply with this standard and directive in various degree programmes, the SIWES Unit was established in 2009 to properly coordinate, manage and control student industrial training programmes (student industrial work experience schemes) of the whole University.

Objectives of SIWES

Specifically, the objectives of the Students industrial work Experience Scheme are to:

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 their Universities.
d) To make transition from University to the world of work easier and enhance contacts for later job placement.
e) To provide students with an opportunity to 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 after graduation.


By the directive of National Universities Commission (NUC) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF), the Directorate is mandated to carry out the following functions.

1. Liaising between the University and Industrial Training Fund (ITF), National Universities Commission (NUC) as well as other government Agencies in all matters involving the industrial training of students.
2. Soliciting for appropriate and relevant places of industrial training from various industries and other employers of labours.
3. Analysing technical contents and appropriateness of jobs made available to students for industrial training.
4. Placing of students to industries and other establishments.
5. Follow-up and monitoring activities of students during industrial training at various industries.
6. Visiting and supervising students on industrial training.
7. Coordinating all other industrial training activities such as student work reports, student work seminars, general assessment and industrial training payments.
8. Providing necessary information to students, department and Colleges on industrial training matters and advising them on manpower developmental needs of industries.
9. Fostering effective contacts and collaboration between the University and the industries

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