NBTE, ITF Hold Workshop on SIWES Administration in Polytechnics

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Kaduna Area Office organised a 3-day national training workshop on Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) activities from 10-12th October 2017 at the NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVE in Kaduna.

The workshop which held under the theme; “SIWES Administration in Polytechnics and Monotechnics: Challenges and Way Forward”, drew resource persons from the academia and other relevant professions.

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From left: Rep of ES NBTE, Engr ADK Mohammed, ITF Kaduna Area Officer Mal. Aminu Mohammed, NBTE Director of Physical Planning and Developement Tpl E.E. Ekpenyong.

While declaring the workshop open, the Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa'udu Adamu Kazaure said that the introduction of the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF), formally known as National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) which has already received approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) consisting of six levels from semi-skilled to professional level, is among the initiatives that is geared towards impacting employability skills on the youth. He said that the system aims at classification and certification of the nation's huge informal sector.

The Executive Secretary stated that the SIWES is facing numerous challenges within and outside the institutions which include; paucity of placement places, improper placement of participants, inadequate funding of the scheme, students nonchalant approach, poor industrial management and conduct, poor working facilities among others.

He stated that the workshop is one of the measures taken by the two agencies to address the issues as well as sharpen the skills of the officers in charge of SIWES in the institutions.

The Executive Secretary who was represented at the occasion by the NBTE Director of Vocational Technical and Skills Development, Engr. ADK Mohammed, said “In a renewed bid to inculcate entrepreneurship skills among the products of our institutions, the Board has redesigned curriculum to include entrepreneurship education and Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDC'S) and which establishment of same has become one of the criteria for accreditation of programmes of the institutions.

In his remarks, the Director General Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Sir Joseph Ntung Ari (KSM) who was represented by the Manager of the Kaduna Area Office of the Fund, Mal. Aminu Mohammed, said that the SIWES is aimed at bridging the gap between the practical experience and the theories taught in the institutions with industrial applications to increase skills among the graduates of the various institutions. He added that this cannot be attained without NBTE which has the sole responsibility of providing standardized minimum guide for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.

The Director General who stressed that “indeed the scheme is faced with numerous challenges and some of them can be addressed by reviving the policy of the scheme while many can be resolved through training of staff involved in the scheme”, called on the participants to abide by the skills and knowledge they will acquire at the end of the training to bring about transformation to the scheme and champion the change initiative.