By Dayo Adesulu
EXECUTIVE Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engr. Olawumi Gasper has urged students in tertiary institutions to participate in industrial training before graduation,stating that it will expose students to practical skills and exposure.
Speaking during the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme, SIWES, orientation programme organised by LASTVEB for technical students in Lagos, Gasper charged the students to do their best, learn to get more practical skills, adding; “It could open windows of job opportunity for you in life.’’
He said: ‘’When I was a student on industrial training, I was surprised, after my graduation without an interview, I got a job, because I did very well.’’
Expatiating on the importance of SIWES to students, Director, Technical and Vocational Services, LASTVEB, Engr. Laolu Oguntuyi reiterated that SIWES is one of the programmes designed for technical institutions for them to graduate.
He noted that it is in pursuance of the directive from the National Board for Technical Education, the orientation programme was arranged for those starting their industrial attachment next week.
According to him, industrial attachment with the directive should not be less than three months.
Oguntuyi explained that for students to have the required skills, not acquired skills, industrial training is important, adding; ‘’when they go, they will be exposed to the needed skills.
“We have teachers that will monitor and supervise them. Also, staff from the headquarters are going to be monitoring them. Teachers will alternate the supervision of the students three times before the end of the exercise.
Meanwhile, the Principal, Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Mrs Belinda Odeh told the students not to do any thing that will not make sense. She said; “Go out there and make sense, let them know that you are not a drop out. Let them know that you have what it takes to be a good citizen of Lagos and of Nigeria.
“This programme is just to remind you of what you already know. You are going there to relate what you have been taught here with what is happening in the industry.”