By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—Tertiary institutions have been asked to fully comply with the guidelines of
the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme, SIWES, especially as they relate
to the duration of attachment and approved carrying capacity or risk sanctions
by the Industrial Training Fund, ITF.
The institutions, which were also cautioned for improper placement of students by ITF, were directed to put in place functional SIWES units with career SIWES directors heading the unit to ensure they didn’t run foul of the stated guidelines.
A statement by ITF’s Head, Public Affairs Unit, Suleyol Chagu, in Jos at the end of the 13th National SIWES biennial conference organised by ITF, listed sanctions for defaulting institutions to include de-accreditation of affected courses and programmes.
Meanwhile, on supervision of students on attachment and better management of the scheme, participants at the conference resolved that all stakeholders responsible for supervision of
students on attachment, including the ITF, institutions and industry-based supervisors must show evidence of such supervision.
While frowning on companies which demand money before accepting students on industrial attachment, the Fund emphasised that the scheme was beneficial to both students and employers of labour.
He appealed to employers of labour to give priority to students with engineering, technical and science backgrounds.