OBJECTIVES AND BENEFITS
OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHEME
The Industrial Training Fund’s Policy Document No. 1 of 1973 which established SIWES outlined the objectives of the scheme. The objectives are to:
1. Provide an avenue for students in institutions of higher learning to acquire industrial skills and experience during their courses of study;
2. Prepare students for industrial work situations that they are likely to meet after graduation;
3. Expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their institutions;
4. Make the transition from school to the world of work easier and enhance students’ contacts for later job placements;
5. Provide students with the opportunities to apply their educational knowledge in real work situations, thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice;
6. Enlist and strengthen employers’ involvement in the entire educational process through SIWES.BENEFITS OF THE SCHEME
Mafe (2009) outlined several benefits than can accrue to students who participate in industrial training. These include the following:
1. Opportunity for students to blend theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom with practical hands-on application of knowledge required to perform work in industry.
2. Exposure of students to the environment in which they will eventually work, thereby enabling them to see how their future professions are organized in practice.
3. Minimization of the bewilderment experienced by students, particularly those from a non-technological background, pursuing courses in science, engineering and technology with regard to different equipment, processes, tools etc, available in industry.
4. Enabling SET students appreciate work methods and gain experience in handling equipment and machinery which may not be available in their institutions.
5. Preparing students to contribute to the productivity of their employers and national development immediately after graduation.
6. Provision of an enabling environment where students can develop and enhance personal attributes such as critical thinking, creativity, initiative, resourcefulness, leadership, time management, presentation skills and interpersonal skills amongst others.
7. Preparing students for employment and making the transition from school to the world of work easier after graduation.
8. Enhancing students’ contacts with potential employers while on training
9. Enabling students bridge the gap between the knowledge acquired in institutions and the Relevant Production Skills (RPSs) required in work Organizations.
10. Making SET students appreciate the role of their professions as the creators of change and wealth and indispensable contributors to growing the economy and national development.
11. Enabling students appreciate the connection between their courses of study and other related disciplines in the production of goods and services.