UMUNZE FCE (T) Holds Orientation Exercise for SIWES Students



   LAWRENCE NWIMO reports that students of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State, on Friday 16th March 2018, received an orientation on Industrial Training in preparation for their participation in the scheme.

The orientation was organized by Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) unit of the college in collaboration with the area office of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Awka.

In his welcome address, the SIWES coordinator in the college, Mr Paschal Okafor, urged the students to acquire useful industrial skills during the period. He said the Federal Government established SIWES to bridge the gap between theory and practice, noting that the scheme was strategically designed to prepare and expose students to industrial techniques.

Okafor added that the success of the scheme depended on coordinated efforts of the government, ministries of Industry and Education, ITF, managements of tertiary institutions and employers. He called for efficient supervisory system, saying such would boost qualitative man power for productivity.

Addressing the students, ITF Area Manager, Mrs Chinwe Opara, praised the students for turning out for the event, noting that it was a sign that the students were ready to learn. She advised them not to engage in truancy, but take the skill acquisition exercise seriously. She said the experience would help to boost their curriculum vitae for good jobs.

Mrs Opara frowned at the behaviour of some students, who, she said, see SIWES period as holiday, warning that ITF would pay impromptu visit to monitor the activities of the students. She admonished them to be mindful of their dressing and appearance during the SIWES period, saying they must abide by the rules and regulations of their places of attachment and comport themselves well.

Speaking on Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in SIWES, ITF Head of Training, Mr Sokoto, said efficiency of SIWES depended on the policy of the government and supervisory mechanism put in place by the agency.

Earlier, the ITF team visited the Acting Provost, Dr (Mrs), Cecilia Ibekwe who hailed the agency for the orientation. The Acting Provost lauded the Federal Government on the scheme, which, she said, was designed to promote needed technological skills for national development.
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