The Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is an accepted skills programme which forms part of the approved academic standards in the degree programme for Nigerian Universities. In 1974, the Federal Government of Nigeria introduced the national policy on Industrial training, called the Students, Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). This programme is under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education through the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), was designed to help students acquire the necessary practical education/experience in their fields of study and other related professions.
This is an effort which was created in order to bridge the existing gap between the theory taught in the classroom and practice of science, agriculture, medicine, engineering, technology and other professional programmes in the Nigerian tertiary institutions. This programme is aimed at exposing the students to the use of various machines and equipment’s, professional work methods and ways of safeguarding the work areas in industries as well as other organizations and parastatals. The programme was established basically to impact elaborate practical understanding to students with respect to their various disciplines. It is also intended that the student through a process of relation to academic knowledge and practical industrial application would understand the underlying principles and become better focused and acquire the practical applications towards excellence in his or her discipline.
The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) programme involves the student, the Universities and the industries. This training is funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria and jointly coordinated by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the National Universities Commission (NUC).