The Directorate of Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) held its Maiden student orientation for 300 level students to get them abreast with what is expected of them as they embark on the scheme.

In his opening remark, the Vice Chancellor ably represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof Lawan Bala Buratai, disclosed that the inception of SIWES stems from the need to bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and competency on the job adding that the scheme will go a long way in tuning the skills and competences of the students in a bid to make them employable graduates in their various fields of expertise.

The Coordinator SIWES, represented by the Faculty Coordinator for Natural and Applied Sciences, Dr. Alpha Matthew highlighted the importance of the orientation and reminded the students that industrial work experience is crucial to their development.

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Maiduguri Area Manager, Dr Yusuf Ahmed M said that ITF is the body tasked with administering SIWES to students adding that the scheme is a prerequisite for graduation. Dr. Yusuf called on the students to be punctual and active at their place of assignment as doing so will help them to obtain more experience and do well in the assessment that comes at the end of the scheme.