Almost every Nigerian students (if not all) at the tertiary level of learning must have heard of the acronym – SIWES (Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme); a term that has often been used to refer to the students period of Industrial Training (IT). The IT period is one in which students are expected to leave their primary institutions of learning and select another institution of relevance to their study, in order to work and gain practical knowledge of what they have been theoretically thought. This is intended to further broaden their knowledge and skills in their chosen fields of study.
The Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) came about as a result of the mounting concerns about Nigerian students’ practical knowledge base. The concern was that students of the tertiary institutions were gaining more theoretical knowledge than practical knowledge and experiences in their chosen fields of study. This concern was what led to the establishment of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). The scheme was introduced in 1973/74. It was supposed to give the students some added practical knowledge to what they already know theoretically. The establishment of SIWES was a very welcome development which signalled the beginning of something groundbreaking across Nigerian institutions of higher learning.
The Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) has the
following aims and objectives from its inception:
The duration of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme varies. For university students, it usually lasts for just 6 months. However, for Polytechnics and Colleges, SIWES takes up to an entire year. Students are warned to take the scheme very seriously because it is graded and will reflect on their overall CGPA at the end of the day.