Welcome to Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)

Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)

History of the Directorate
Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is one of the industrial training fund ) (ITF) program. It was designed to give Nigerian students studying occupationally –related courses in higher institutions the experience that would supplement their theoretical learning. SIWES unit in the University Maiduguri was established in the year 1986 as an industrial coordinating unit catering for mostly science and some art based students on industrial attachment. The foundation staff were four (4) that comprised an industrial coordinator who is responsible to the Vice Chancellor for the day to day running of the affair of the office, a secretary/typist and an office assistant. SIWES unit was finally and officially commissioned on July, 2006.

As an accreditation requirement by the National Universities Commission (NUC) the unit was formally upgraded to directorate under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi. Over the years the clientele students population has increased. The directorate has been doing its work with significant impact on students.

The students industrial work experience scheme directorate (SIWES) is established to facilitate the full realization and mandatory skills acquisition and proper training programmes designed to expose students to the industrial workplace environment in their respective disciplines during their course of study. The students are expected to develop occupational competence that would facilitate their fitting into the world of work after graduation.

Objectives of SIWES
The programmes of SIWES are designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provision of avenue for students to acquire industrial skills and experience during their course of study
  • To prepare students for the work situation they are likely to meet after graduation
  • To expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machineries that they may not be available in the universities
  • To make the transition from the university to the world of work easier and thus enhance students contacts for later job placement.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in real work situations, thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Functions of University of Maiduguri SIWES Directorate
By the directive of National Universities Commission (NUC) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF), the directorate is mandated to carry out the following functions:

  • identify placement opportunities for students attachment with employers;
  • supervision of students placed in the industries located within ITF zone.
  • Processing of students logbooks, ITF forms and industrial attachment reports upon which is based in the federal government funding of supervision and students allowances
  • Fostering of close links between the university and industries participating in SIWES programmme
  • Provision of advisory guidance to participating students on career employment opportunities
  • Monitoring of compliance with the requirements of SIWES on the part of students in eligible disciplines as a condition for graduation
  • Facilitate of disbursement of students allowance to deserving students through e-payment
  • Apply job-specifications as prepared for all the accredited courses and award appropriate credit units in accordance with federal Government minimum academic standard guidelines
  • Organize orientation courses in collaboration with ITF for the students.

Staff Staff Details Interest/Specialization
Prof. (Mrs.) O.O. Badejo

PhD holder
Educational foundation
Dr. Zainab Bala Mohammed
Deputy Director

B.Sc.(ABU,Zaria); M.Ed.(UNIMAID); Ph.D (UNIMAID); 22 year teaching and research experience in the university.
Curriculum design and instruction in art education.
Halima I. Malgwi
Principal Assistant Registrar

B.Ed continueting Education
Muktar Mustapha
Assistant Registrar

Hauwa Abubakar
Confidential Secretary II

B.Sc Sociology

At the time of compiling this report the directorate has total number of eight (8) staff to handle all its programs, comprising of two academic staff (Director and deputy director appointed by the current Vice Chancellor), four administrative staff, a technical staff and a driver. SIWES directorate work hand in hand with elected coordinators from each of the departments.

Staff Development
In the period under review various departmental coordinators and staff of the directorate go for training, workshops and conferences within and outside Nigeria.

Academic ActivitiesDuring the period under review, the directorate has the overall total number of two thousand one hundred and sixteen students on attachment. The scope of the activities of the directorate are as follows:

  • Preparation of master list, placement list and collation of logbooks
  • Research, publication, curriculum revision and dissemination of matter related to SIWES
  • seminars, workshops, roundtable discussion, lectures, zonal meetings and conferences
  • awareness and orientation programs
  • partnership building.

Physical development in the directorateDuring the period under review, SIWES directorate has a modest building located in the complex area of the university. The directorate has facilities comprised of offices fully air conditioned, a set of computer, photocopier machine, fridges, a printer and 14 setter bus for smooth running of the unit.