The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, has reiterated the importance of Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) to the career choice and development of the students, who participate in the exercise. Daramola stated this while addressing the 400-Level students of the institution, who were billed to take part in the six-month mandatory industrial training for the 2016/2017 academic session.
He said: “SIWES is a Federal Government programme, which is aimed at synchronizing the theoretical training received by students in their respective institutions with the practical experience of working in real life situation.
It is aimed at adding value to the training of students with the ultimate goal of producing competent indigenous manpower to drive the industries and our economy. I, therefore, urge you to see this scheme as critical to your career development.”
The vice-chancellor also called on the students to create good impressions of themselves, their families and the university by being of good moral conduct during the exercise.
“Character is germane to one’s future and career. Therefore, ensure you behave well. Handle your assigned duties with the fear of God and be good ambassadors of your families and this great university. We have testimonies in the past of organisations recruiting our products because of their comportment during their industrial training. Some still wish to take more from FUTA.
I admonish you to vigorously pursue knowledge and skills that will place you ahead of others,” he added.
Similarly, the Area Manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Akure Area Office, Gloria Dipeolu, charged the students to take advantage of the training to acquire skills and methods of work that are not readily available in the classroom.
Speaking earlier, Director, Industrial Training Unit of the university, Prof. Zacchaeus Opafunso, stressed the importance of the training to the students’ academics and future career, even as he encouraged them to be of good conduct and to put in their best wherever they are posted for the scheme.