About the Office
VISION: To be the most innovative in training for professionalism, self-sufficiency and service to humanity. MISSION: To equip students with the necessary practical knowledge and technical skills for self-employment and effective involvement in Nigeria's industrial growth. To build competencies through work-study programmes for skills acquisition and career and human capital development.
The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is mandatory for all undergraduates who require industrial training for skills acquisition involving training, learning and working, as stipulated by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Participation in SIWES is a requirement in fulfilment of the conditions for the award of a Degree in specific programmes/courses in the University in the Faculties of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology, Education, Information and Communication Technology and Pure and Applied Sciences. The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) initiated SIWES in 1973 to bridge the gap between theory and practice in courses such as Engineering and Technology, Sciences, Agriculture and other professional programmes in Education in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions. The Scheme is a skills training programme designed to expose and prepare students of Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Agriculture and Education for the industrial work situation they are likely to meet after graduation.
The main activities of the Office of SIWES at Kwara State University include:
- Seeking industrial placement for undergraduate students enrolled in disciplines scheduled for participation in SIWES.
- Facilitating SIWES placement in public and private organizations across Nigeria.
- Supervision, monitoring and evaluation of students on industrial attachment.
- In conjunction with the ITF Area Office, organize an annual pre-attachment orientation programme.
- Processing of students’ logbooks, ITF forms, industrial attachment reports and students’ allowances.
- Training and sensitization of students and departmental SIWES Coordinators.
- Timely collection, completion, and submission of all ITF forms/ documents (master list, placement list, direct e-payment form and ITF form 8) to supervising Agencies like the ITF Headquarters Jos and NUC Abuja.
- Identify placement opportunities for students and assist in the placement of students on attachment with employers.
- Issuance of letters to introduce students to the employers.
- Ensure the master and placement lists are promptly prepared and submitted to the ITF and NUC yearly (not later than 3 months before the commencement of Industrial Attachment).
- Ensure students' SIWES logbooks are examined, vetted, and signed by University Supervisors, Industry-based Supervisors, and ITF staff.
- Effectively follow up with ITF on all payments to students and the University.
- Capture the 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.
- Attending Quarterly SIWES Zonal Coordinators’ Review Meetings across institutions in Kwara State.
SIWES at Kwara State University was established in May 2011 with the pioneer Coordinator as Miss Hauwah Kemi Kamaluddeen, an Assistant Registrar (Development) in the Registry department of the University.
The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a skills training programme designed to prepare and expose Students at all levels of tertiary education 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.
While the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) is the custodian of the Scheme, the Scheme has three (3) Supervisory Agencies namely:
- National Universities Commission (NUC).
- National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
- The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
Objectives and benefits of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES):
Objectives and benefits
- To provide an avenue for students in institutions of higher learning to acquire industrial skills and experience in their course of study.
- To prepare students for the industrial work situation they are to meet after graduation.
- To expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their Institutions.
- To make the transition from school to the world of work easier, and enhance students’ contacts for later job placement.
- To provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situations thereby bridging the gap between theory and practical.
- To enlist and strengthen employers’ involvement in the entire educational process and prepare students for employment after graduation.
- Successful and hitch-free conduct of SIWES activities since 2012 till date.
- Facilitating industrial placement for students in all participating programmes across the country.
- Seamlessly organize annual pre-placement orientation programmes in collaboration with ITF to train and enlighten students before they proceed since SIWES is significant to their academic career and personal development.
- Supervision, monitoring and general assessment of students on industrial attachment.
- Processing of students' allowances as and when due.
- Successful hosting of the Zonal SIWES Coordinators’ Review Meetings which involves all Tertiary Institutions in Kwara State.