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SIWES Capable Of Producing Work Ready Graduates

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Adelani Temiloluwa
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Professor Chryss Onwuka, the pioneer Director, Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has called for the support of relevant stakeholders in meeting the demands for work-ready graduates, who are familiar with organisational practices.

He stated this while delivering the keynote address at a 2-Day Step-Down Capacity-Building Training For Departmental SIWES and Farm Practical Year (FPY) Coordinator and College representatives, titled, “Enhancing Work-Integrated Education in Nigeria: The Scenario We Have, The Future We Want”.

Prof Onwuka recalled that SIWES was established as a skills-based training programme, designed to prepare and expose University students to industrial work situation and address growing concerns among industrialists about the quality and skillfulness of the country’s graduates.

According to him, the philosophy of SIWES is to ensure the proper training of University students in preparing them for the world of industrial work.

Professor Onwuka pointed out that with enhanced work-integrated education in Nigeria, the gap which exists between the institution and the industry can be closed if all stakeholders which include students, supervisors, institutions, industries, and government play their roles by ensuring proper SIWES placement, timeliness in placement sourcing, proper supervision of participants, best practices in SIWES supervision, Quality Assurance in Training and supervision, use of Information technology and funding.

The former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) recommended the need for institutions to continually expand their resource base in quality and quantity, provide adequate budget for Departmental and SIWES Directorate for placement sourcing and supervisory visits to the field, adopt and intensify the use of Information Technology in the sourcing of placement nationwide, as well as not leave the selection of placement completely to students.

Mrs Funmi Coker, the Area Manager, Industrial Trust Fund (ITF), who was represented by the Head of Training, Mrs Temitayo Quadri commended the University for organising the workshop.

Earlier, Professor Kolawole Salako, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Chairman, Committee of Deans and Directors (CODAD), Professor Johnson Adewumi disclosed that the optimal achievement of SIWES mandates, goals and objectives is highly dependent on the quality of Coordination of SIWES activities at all levels.

Also speaking, the University SIWES Director, Professor Grace Sokoya disclosed that the Directorate operates as a link between FUNAAB, the National Universities Commission (NUC), the SIWES Division of ITF, the Industries and organisations where the University’s students acquire relevant skills and experience.

Source: https://independent.ng/siwes-capable-of-producing-work-ready-graduates/

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