TE RELEVANCE OF INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE TO SECRETARIAL STUDENTS

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CHAPTER ONE

1.0              INTRODUCTION

1.1       BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

            The student’s industrial work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a programme designed to expose and prepare students in the institutions of Higher Learning for the Industrial work situation, how to relate to God and how to manage oneself. These they are likely to meet after graduation.

            The scheme affords students the opportunity of seeing familiarized and exposed to the needed experience in handling of machinery and equipment which are usually not available in the educational institutions.

            Furthermore, the scheme exposes the students to work methods and prepare them in safeguarding the work area and other workers in the industry.

            SIWES was introduced by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in Nigeria in (1973) about 31 years ago. It was then limited to students of technology. Today it has covered many disciplines and has  become a necessary recognition for the award of national diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in polytechnics in the country.

            A center focus of the scheme is to enlist and strengthen  employers involvement in the educational process of preparing students for the worlds of work. The scheme is therefore aimed at promoting the much-desired technological know-how ultimate goal of the scheme force needed to build a self-reliance economy.

            The following are SIWES relevance to secretarial studies.

            It provides opportunity for the researcher and co-students to gain experiences as a supplement to their students by this, the researcher’s writing in this project will be supervised by the supervisor who helps to direct on how to carry out any given task.

            It affords students the opportunity of being familiarized and exposed to the needed experience in secretarial studies.

            It exposes the researcher/students to real life situation thus supplementing the theoretical lessons in the classroom.

            It helps students to be acquainted to what nature of job they are likely to meet at the labor market.

            It broader the knowledge and understanding of the students in terms of each person to know more

            It is to prepare the researcher the participating students for better future use of their hand s and brain.

            It helps students to gather more information for difficult issues.

            It is one of the most task to take before graduating as a national diploma holder before enrolling for higher national diploma

            As a problems facing the department and a solution to it is to relate it to the people in charge for better result in due time for the life wire of secretarial; studies.

1.2       STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEMS

            It has been observed that some students have some misconception about the work experience programme of the I.T.F. some students for example, equate the programmer with holidays job. Hence the commitment is lacking and so the skills and experience to be gained cannot be acquired from the scheme.

            Again there is relevance among large number of employers to accept and provide facilities necessary for meaningful industrial experience to students. The fears of many employers are that students are inexperienced to handle certain delicate machines and tools without damaging them. A situation in which students are not allowed to use certain equipment does not provide the desired experience needed to prepare them for the world of work.

            Also some students are not supervised during the attachments or training period at all. This is attributable to lack of adequate transportation facilities and or lack of seriousness on the part of their supervisors.

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