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Information and Guidelines for students industrial work experience scheme

The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a Skills Training Programme designed to prepare and expose Students of Tertiary institutions to the Industrial Work situation they are likely to meet after graduation.  The Scheme affords Students the opportunity of familiarizing and exposing themselves to handling equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their Institutions.

It is against this background that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) initiated, designed and introduced SIWES Scheme in 1973 to acquaint Students with the skills of handling Industrial equipment and machinery.

(a)    Provide adequate funds to the Industrial Training Fund through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment for the Scheme.
(b)    Make it mandatory for all Ministries, Companies and Parastatals to offer places for the attachment of Students in accordance with the provisions of Decree No. 47 of 1971 as amended in 2011.  The relevant provisions of the amended act are as follows:
Shall Accept Students for Industrial Attachment Purposes
The Decree under section 7A (2) stipulate penalties in default of section 7A (1) (b).
Section 7A (2)
“Any employer who is in breach of the provision of the sub-section (1) of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and liable to conviction:
(a)    In the case of a corporate body, to a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) for the first breach and One Million Naira (N1,000.00.00) for subsequent breach; and
(b)    In the case of Chief Executive, Secretary, or other Principal Officers of the Company, to a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000.00) or two years imprisonment for the first breach and three years imprisonment without option of a fine for each subsequent breach.