SIWES was established by Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in 1973 to solve the problem of lack of adequate practical skills preparatory for employment in industries by Nigerian graduates of tertiary institutions.

The Scheme exposes students to industry based skills necessary for a smooth transition from the classroom to the world of work.

It affords students of tertiary institutions the opportunity of being familiarized and exposed to the needed experience in handling machinery and equipment which are usually not available in the educational institutions. Before the establishment of the scheme, there was a growing concern among our Industrialists that graduates of our Institutions of Higher learning lacked adequate practical background studies preparatory for employment in Industries. Thus, the employers were of the opinion that the theoretical education going on in higher institutions was not responsive to the needs of the employers of labour.

It is against this background that the rationale for initiating and designing the scheme by the Fund during its formative years – 1973/74 was introduced to acquaint students with the skills of handling employers ’ equipment and machinery.

Therefore participation in SIWES has become a necessary pre-condition for the award of Diploma and Degree certificates in specific disciplines in most institutions of higher learning in the country, in accordance with the education policy of government.

Operators of the programme include ITF, the coordinating agencies (NUC, NCCE, NBTE), employers of labour and the institutions.

Funding - The Federal Government of Nigeria

Duration - Six months labour and the institutions.


  1. Provide an avenue for students in institutions of higher learning to acquire industrial skills and experience in their course of study, which are restricted to Engineering and Technology including Environmental studies and other courses that may be approved. Courses of NCE (Technical), NCE Agriculture, NCE (Business), NCE (Fine and Applied Arts) and NCE (Home Economics) in Colleges of Education are also included. 
  2. Prepare students for the industrial work situation they are to meet after graduation; 
  3. Expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their institutions. 
  4. Make the transition from school to the world of work easier, and enhance students contacts for later job placement; 
  5. Provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situation thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice; and 
  6. Enlist and strengthen employers, involvement in the entire educational process and prepare students for employment in Industry and Commerce. 
  • SPE – 1 FORM : To be given to all students before the attachments commence. Students are to ensure that their employers complete these forms and forward it to the nearest ITF Area Offices.
  • ITF FORM8 : This is the End–of-Programme report Form to be completed by the students, employers and the institutions before the Forms are sent to ITF headquarters through the Area Offices. The completion of this Form is evidence of students’ participation and supervision in the programme.