In line with Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB) philosophy of providing highly skilled military and civilian manpower, the Vice Chancellor of NAUB, Professor Kyari Mohammed has approved the establishment of NAUB Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) Unit and the appointment of substantive University SIWES Coordinator, in person of Dr. Faruq Muhammad Abubakar on the 5th March, 2021. SIWES is a skill training program designed to prepare and expose students of universities, polytechnics, colleges of technology, colleges of agriculture and colleges of education for the industrial work situation they are likely to meet after graduation. Industrial Training Fund (ITF) provides the guidelines of the scheme and equally pays each eligible student a stipend of ₦2,500 per month as well as the institutions a supervisory allowance of ₦250 per student per month. The Scheme affords students the opportunity of familiarizing and exposing themselves to handling equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their institutions. The Scheme is aimed at achieving the following objectives;
- To provide avenue for students in institutions of higher learning to acquire industrial skills and experience in their course of study.
- To prepare students for the industrial work situation they are to meet after graduation
- To expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their Institutions.
- To make the transition from school to the world of work easier, and enhance Students’ contacts for later job placement
- To provide Students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situation thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice.
- To enlist and strengthen employers involvement in the entire educational process and prepare them for employment after graduation.
The Unit will be utilized to foster closer links between the University and employers of labor, regulatory agencies such as National University Commission (NUC), etc. It will be developed to collect data and information on skills needed by industries and challenges facing Industries with a view to referring them to appropriate institutional departments for development of learning tasks to be carried out by students. By inference, real-life case studies could be made available to lecturers and students as well.
The Unit, by virtue of its position as industrial liaison office, is the most appropriate channel for guiding students in career and job placement opportunities. Furthermore, it could incorporate such schemes, as the university-based Student’s Work Experience Program (SWEP), which involves setting up pilot projects like Proto-type Industries and Production Centers where students can acquire industrial experience during the early periods of their training.
Executing SIWES work is a collaborative effort between the SIWES unit, faculties and departments. Therefore Nigerian Army University SIWES has the following committee-like structure;
University SIWES Coordinator – Chairman
Faculty SIWES Coordinators (FSCs) – Members
Departmental SIWES Coordinators (DSCs) – Members
SIWES Administrative Assistant – Secretary
The Committee shall be meeting at least once in a semester to prepare for the session’s SIWES activities, as well as review the preceding session’s performance.
University SIWES Coordinator
The University SIWES Coordinator is primarily responsible for the overall management of all SIWES activities in the University on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. He serves as a liaison between the University and all SIWES stakeholders namely: NUC; ITF; employers of labor and students. He prepares and submits Master and Placement Lists to NUC and ITF at appropriate times. The coordinator also harmonizes all submissions from the faculties as well as chair meetings of the SIWES Committee at regular intervals.
Faculty SIWES Coordinators (FSC)
FSCs are responsible for coordinating all SIWES activities in their respective faculties on behalf of their Deans. They collate, harmonize and vet all submissions from the departments in their faculties and forward them to the University Coordinator.
Departmental SIWES Coordinators (DSC)
The role of the DSCs is very critical because they deal directly with the students. They are to ensure that students’ choices of placements are suitable to the department/course of study. The DSCs are also responsible for ensuring that the students participate in SIWES orientation and industrial training programs, and also appropriately fill and submit all the required documents.
Administrative Assistant – SIWES
The Administrative Assistant is answerable to the University SIWES Coordinator, thus he assists the Coordinator in the overall administration of the SIWES program. He designs and manages the filing system of the Unit. He is also responsible for collating, harmonizing and vetting of Master and Placement Lists from the faculties. He liaises with all faculties, departments, directorates and units of the University on behalf of the Coordinator.
Executive Assistant – SIWES
The Executive Assistant assists in the overall administration of the SIWES office. He is responsible for maintenance and custody of all office equipment and ensure that the SIWES office does not run out of supply of office consumables. He is also responsible for dispatching and receiving mails and maintenance of incoming and outgoing mail registers.
The students are responsible for the following as provided for by ITF;
- At the point of registration, students must submit their bank details (Bank Name, Account Name, NUBAN Account Number and Sort code) to their DSCs.
- Attend institution’s SIWES orientation program before going on attachment;
- Obedient to constituted authorities and adhere strictly to all rules and regulations of the organization where they are attached
- Be regular and punctual at respective places of attachment and avoid change of places of attachment, except in special circumstances which must be determined and approved by the university-based supervisor, the employer and/or the ITF
- Complete Students Commencement Attachment Form (SCAF) and get it endorsed by the employer for onward submission to ITF, record all training activities and other assignments in log book and complete ITF Form-8 to ensure proper assessment
- Be diligent, honest, conscientious and take pride in the protection of employers property throughout the attachment period.