As part of the requirements for the Tech 11 Students in the Technical Colleges to graduate, they must undergo at least (3) three months Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) that must be properly supervised by the industries and their teachers.

Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), conducted SIWES Orientation programme for all the (5) five Technical Colleges in their respective schools from January 14th to 18th, 2019. The SIWES programme will commence from January 21st to April 26th, 2019.

Mr. Laolu Oguntuyi, Director, Technical and Vocational Services (DTVS), who was one of the facilitators, lectured the student about SIWES and how it came into existence, its historical background and meaning. He told them that the Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme is different from the classroom setting and it takes place in one place.

He said, one undergoes SIWES for three (3) relevant reasons, to learn, unlearn and to re-learn. To learn- work like a team, which is not taught in school; how to solve things on their own; experience new things, by working with different tools that they have not used before and it will be useful to them in future. Unlearn- that is doing away with a bad habit.

He stressed further that, SIWES is not a vacation job but a course of study. He advised them to always make use of their logbooks, by recording their daily activities in it. To be a good ambassador of the colleges; to abide by the rules and regulation of Industries they are attached to for SIWES.

Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, Executive Secretary (LASTVEB), said the experience in the industry, whether small, medium or large should be taken seriously. She said that it’s a period for them to practicalize, to be exposed to machines, types of equipment and tools they have not come across before.

She advised them to stay away from drugs, alcohols and bad gangs and also abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the employer and Department to which they are assigned to. She said the Board will start issuing a certificate of participation after the SIWES programme.

For the five days orientation programme, all the different Heads of Engineering Department of the (5) five Technical Colleges, Epe, Ikorodu, Agindingbi, Adosoba, and Ikotun spoke to the student on Safety and Ethical conducts during the SIWES orientation program. They advise the students to be well behaved and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment during the training period, in line with the rules and regulations of the organization. To put on necessary protective wears before starting the work for the day.

The significance of this programme is to strengthen the industrial/ institution partnership.

The numbers of all the student that will go for this year SIWES programme is (2,688) Two Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty-eight.



Bolodeoku Siji


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