The Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) was initiated in 1973 by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to bridge the gap between theory and practice among products of our tertiary Institutions. It was designed to provide practical training that will expose and prepare students of Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education for work situation they are likely to meet after graduation.
Before the establishment of the scheme, there was a growing concern among the industrialists that graduates of institutions of higher learning lacked adequate practical background studies preparatory for employment in industries. Thus the employers were of the opinion that the theoretical education going on in higher institutions was not responsive to the needs of the employers of labour.
As a result of the increasing number of students’ enrolment in higher institutions of learning, the administration of this function of funding the scheme became enormous, hence ITF withdrew from the scheme in 1978 and was taken over by the Federal Government and handed to National Universities commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). In 1984, the Federal Government reverted back to ITF which took over the scheme officially in 1985 with funding provided by the Federal Government.
The first batch of the College NCE students enrolled in SIWES in 1992 and has been participating since then till date. NCE students (Regular, Continuing Education and Sandwich) of the following programme participate in the scheme: Agricultural Education, Home Economics Education, Business Education, Fine and Applied Arts Education, Industrial Technical Education and Science Education. At degree level, students of Business Education, Industrial Technical Education and Library and Information Science Education programmes also participate. The duration of the scheme for NCE programme is 4 months done at the end of second semester of year two usually from September to December while that of degree programme is 6 months done at the end of first semester of year three usually from May to October.
The specific objectives of SIWES are to:
Mr. M. E. Ezeabikwa – 1991 – 1992
Agbai J. O. – 1992 – 1994
Engr. Esomonu M. – 1994 – 1995
Udoinyang I. E. – 1995 – 1996
Mr. Akabueze, T. C. P. – 1996 – 1997
Odigbo, C. I. – 1997 – 1999
Okoye, N. E. – 1999, 2001 – 2003
Okoli, D. I. – 2003 – 2008
Nwokoye, S. K. – 2008 – 2009
Agbai J. O. – 2009 – 2013
Enwere, E. C. – 2013 – 2015