You are welcome to the Directorate of the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. (FUNAAB).
SIWES is an acronym for Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme. The scheme is a skill training programme designed to prepare and expose students of the University to the industrial work situation they are likely to meet after graduation. The need for the establishment of the scheme arose when there was a growing concern among industrialists that graduates of institutions of higher learning lacked adequate practical background required for employment in industries.
The scheme is designed for all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, to complement classroom teaching in the courses and to acquaint students with the skills needed in the industries after graduation. The scheme is funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria and jointly coordinated by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF). ITF was established in 1971, and operates within the context of its enabling Decree 47 of 1971, as amended in the ITF Act 2011. (Please refer to ITF website:www.itf.org.)
Brief History of SIWES
SIWES started in 1974 with 748 students from 11 institutions of higher learning participating. By 1978, participation on the Scheme increased to about 5000 students from 32 institutions. The ITF withdrew from the management of the Scheme in 1979 owing to problems of organizational logistics and increased financial burden associated with the rapid expansion of SIWES. Consequently, the Federal Government funded the Scheme through the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) who managed the SIWES for five years (1979-1984). The supervising agencies – NUC and NBTE, operated the Scheme in conjunction with their respective institutions during the period. The industrial Training Fund (ITF) was thereafter directed by the Federal Government to take charge and resume the responsibility of managing the Scheme in collaboration with the supervising/regulatory agencies. That is, NUC, NBTE and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).