Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme was established by the Industrial training Fund (ITF) in 1973 with the aim of bridging the gap between the skills which the labour market required with that of those acquired by the graduate students
SIWES – Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme is a programme aim at preparing the students for the real industrial work situations they will meet after graduation: so they will properly fit into it. It helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situations. It is carried out in industries outside the school.
Consequently, SIWES Programme was introduced into the curriculum of tertiary institutions in the country as far back as 1974 with 748 students from 11 institutions of higher learning.
However, the scheme has over the years contributed immensely to the personal development and motivation of students to be able to understand the important connection between the taught and learnt content of their academic programmes and what knowledge and skill will be expected of them on professional practice after graduation.
For SIWES the grading is done as follows: