How do I apply for SIWES placement in Nigeria this 2020? Where can I really do my industrial training in Nigeria this year?
These are probably some of the questions you’ve been asking and awaiting answers, because you’re expected by your school/department to soon commence your compulsory industrial training this year and you really don’t know what to do or how to go about it.
You don’t have to worry again, because you’re at the right place.
As an industrial training student in the past myself, I will teach you in brief all you’ll need to know about industrial training in Nigeria.
Many Nigerian industrial training students usually find it hard to secure a placement during their application in Nigeria, due to one reason or another.
In this article, you’ll get to know the skills needed as an industrial training student, where you could undergo your own training, important tips to note and finally how to easily apply and successfully secure placement this year in Nigeria.
Definition Of Industrial Training
Industrial Training refers to a program which aims to provide supervised practical training within a specified time frame.
This industrial training can be carried out either in government organizations or in the private sector.
Aims Of Industrial Training In Nigeria
The main aim of the industrial training program is to produce graduates who are ready to face the working world.
The program also aims to produce the knowledgeable, skilled and experienced graduates, demanded by employers, who are able to apply the knowledge acquired at university to the working world.
The industrial training program provides opportunities for exposure to the working world, which will make graduates more aware of the hopes and expectations that industry has of them. The program will also equip students with real work experience.
Placing students in industry also increases their chances of employment after graduation, as there is a strong possibility that they will be offered a job in the same place where they do their industrial training.
Apart from this, the industrial training experience will further solidify the on-campus learning process and activities, while also providing students with relevant work experience.
Objectives Of Industrial Training In Nigeria
- To give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in a real-life work situation.
- Provide opportunities for practical, hands-on learning from practitioners in the students’ field of study.
- To give students work experience while they are studying their chosen subject.
- Exposing students to the work environment, common practices, employment opportunities and work ethics in the relevant field.
- To inculcate soft skills relevant to the needs of employers.
- Provide opportunities for students to be offered jobs in the same organizations, where they undergo industrial training.
- At the end of industrial training, students will be able to improve their knowledge and skills relevant to their area of study, relate the knowledge and skills acquired at the workplace to their on-campus studies, compete effectively in the job market, because they have been equipped with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and practical experience.
Some Nigerian schools provide a four/five-year undergraduate course that already includes an industry/research placement year, usually undertaken in various firms and establishments.
Furthermore, industrial training placements help to further develop the key skills and provide opportunities for building contacts and networking.
As an industrial training student, whatever your career plans are (or even if you don’t have any yet), it is very important to enhance your degree with extra skills and experiences which show that you are a proactive person engaging with the world around you.
List Of Companies For Industrial Training In Nigeria:
- Research Institutes
- Government Departments
- Health Service (Private & Public)
- Forensic Science Services
- Environment Agency.
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Food, Water and Agricultural Companies
- Biotechnology Firms
- Financial Institutions
- Media Houses
- Construction Firms
- Mechanical & Electrical Workshops/Companies
- Computer Training Centres
- Oil Companies
- Printing Press
- Art & Design Centres
- Estate Agencies
- Surveying Firms
- Steel Companies etc.
Skills & Competencies Needed As An Industrial Training Student In Nigeria:
- Scientific Skills
- Research Methodology
- Analytical Skills
- Self-management and Professional Development
- Problem-solving Skills
- IT Knowledge
- Computational Skills
- Organizational Skills
- Teamwork & Communication
As the period for your industrial training draws nearer, ensure to make adequate plans and preparations.
Ask and find out from your school lecturers and/or senior colleagues on what the programme is all about and how to go about your application this year.
Once the time for payment reaches, you’ll either be notified by your school, department or fellow students of the exact venue within or outside your school for the:
- Registration, stamping, signing, and collection of your receipts, forms and logbook
The period of payments and logbook collection usually use to be stressful – although this differs among schools and students.
If you should go to the bank to make payments, you may meet crowd of students from both your own department and other departments in your school trying to also make payments.
If you finally scale through this stage and should go for the registration, signing, stamping and collection of your receipts, forms and logbooks – you may also meet another crowd of students on the same mission.
That’s why it’s always advisable for you as an industrial training student trying to secure possible placement in Nigeria this year, to make payments early and collect your receipts, forms and logbook.
Once you collect your logbook, it usually comes with two (2) important SIWES forms.
Ensure to keep your receipts, forms and logbook in a neat and safe place, because if they should get lost, stolen or damaged, it would be quite hard for you to get new ones.
But before I get into the core of this post, I’d like to tell you to grab some coffee or tea.
This is quite a long post and if you’re actually serious in getting placement soon in Nigeria this year, you’ll definitely read to the end.
Are you set? Let’s go!
Sending Of SIWES Application Letters To Your Desired Firms For Placement In Nigeria
After the payments and collection of your receipts, forms and logbook, it’s now time for you to type-write and forward your application letters to your desired firms for training.
But before doing that, it will be very essential for you to note down the following important tips. Just read on!
What Is A SIWES Application Letter
The SIWES Application Letter also known as Industrial Training Application Letter is a formal and official letter written and sent by Nigerian internship students to their desired course-related firms, stating their aim to undergo their industrial training for a stipulated period of time in the firm.
The application letter is sometimes being prepared and issued by most Nigerian higher institutions to its industrial training students.
So, all that the I.T students have to do is to print more copies and enter their details such as: Name, Department, Mat No. etc in the already prepared application letter, and forward to their desired course-related firms for industrial training.
Below is my own SIWES application letter that was given to me by my school (IMSU).
So, all I had to do was to print more copies, enter my basic details and send them to my desired course-related companies.
Features Of A Good SIWES Application Letter
If your school didn’t give you their own already prepared letter as you can see a sample above or you wish to write yours, instead of using your school’s own, then here are some of the basic qualities your application letter must possess, in order for your request to be easily granted and accepted by the firms you are applying for your training:
- It should be neatly type-written using a PC or laptop and printed.
- Should contain two (2) addresses – your school (or house) and firm addresses
- It should contain your full name, course of study, year of study, matriculation number, email address, phone number etc.
- The message that is being conveyed should be straight forward and free of grammatical blunders. Also try to state what you’ll benefit and how you’ll help improve the firm, if you’re being accepted
- The industrial training period should also be clearly stated. Is it 3-6 months or 1 year?
Factors To Consider Before Sending Your SIWES Application Letters To Firms For Training In Nigeria
1. Course-To-Firm Relationship
In the course of securing placement in Nigeria, most students repeatedly make this very big mistake of applying for their industrial training in firms, organizations, or companies etc. that aren’t related to their Course of Study in school.
I’ll give you a clear example.
For instance, as a Biochemistry student of IMSU, I applied and did my own industrial training in a private hospital situated in Owerri. I learnt and conducted various medical laboratory tests such as: PCV, Glucose Test, Blood Grouping, WBC on patients, which are all related to my course of study and future career.
It would had been very wrong for me to had applied for my training in, let’s say: A Construction Company (e.g. Julius Berger), Financial Institutions (Banks), Media Houses (N.T.A), Computer Training Centres, Mechanic Workshops etc, because they were in no way related to my course of study in school (Biochemistry).
Because you know or have someone working in a particular firm(s), doesn’t mean you should apply for your industrial training there.
If you must apply – ensure that the firm(s) is actually related to your Course of Study in school.
Because if you should later go ahead to undergo your training in a firm or establishment that isn’t related to your of study in school, I am very sure that you’ll be failed by your school, because there is always a mark to be awarded for Course-To-Firm Relationship.
Time and money will eventually be wasted. In most cases, you may likely have to repeat your industrial training again (CARRY OVER) or awarded a poor grade.
How To Easily Know & Determine Course-Related Firms For Your Training In Nigeria:
Before applying for training in any firm(s), sincerely ask yourself these few questions:
- Can I work here in the future with my degree/certificate?
- The activities, jobs, projects etc. carried out and products produced by the firm(s), are they in any way related to the courses, topics I’m being taught in school?
If after asking yourself these important questions and you are still confused or dissatisfied, try approaching your departmental lecturers and/or senior colleagues for advice or possible recommendations. You can also contact me for help.
2. SIWES Payment By Firms
Not all companies pay their interns. There is usually no payment for some industrial training students. I wasn’t being paid during my own training.
You should always have this in mind when securing placement, so as not to later get disappointed or angry if you aren’t being paid by your firm.
However, don’t lose out on other available course-related firms during your search all because you’re hell bent on getting firms that pays it interns.
Also think about the essential knowledge and experience you’ll gain, which will aid and guide you in your future goals, aspirations and career.
Remember: Time waits for no one!
The geographical area of the firms you’re applying for your industrial training may also matter a lot, so you may likely have to note this when applying for training in Nigeria.
For example, let’s say you’re an IMSU student wanting to undergo your training in Lagos, you’re expected to note down certain things such as:
- “Where is the firm(s) actually situated in Lagos? Is it at Ikeja, Apapa, Ikorodu, Victoria Island etc?”
- “Do I have or know anyone (friends or relatives) in Lagos, I’ll stay with perhaps my application becomes successful?”
- “If no, do I have enough money to rent a place after my arrival that would probably be closer to my workplace?”
- “Do I have enough money to cater for my transportation, needs, and wants?”
You may also have to know and consider the economic, social, weather condition etc of the state or place you’re applying for your training in Nigeria.
No student would prefer to do his/her industrial training in a state where they’re crises such as: armed robbery, road accidents, kidnapping, flooding etc.
Because I would be going for industrial training doesn’t mean that I should come and go and kill myself!
Life Is Very Important
5. Firm’s Reputation
When securing placement in Nigeria, also try to ensure that your desired course-related firms for your industrial training have “Reputation”.
What do I really mean by Reputation?
By saying Reputation, I simply mean that the firms you’re applying for your training should at least be recognized and possibly registered by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria.
During my own industrial training days, a female course mate of mine was actually defrauded by a fake and non-existent pharmaceutical company (individuals), who claimed to be accepting students for training provided they pay a certain amount of money.
Unfortunately, they weren’t caught. Her hard-earned money went just like that.
This incident affected her grade and performance, as she started her industrial training late.
Had she known!
Please, Learn From Her Mistake.
There are certain situations or occurrences in the firms, country which might partially or fully affect your industrial training and you must have to really take note when applying for your training this year in Nigeria.
- Some companies work on Saturdays and Sundays. “Are you ready and prepared?” Note this.
- Some companies also work on public holidays (mostly private companies)
- If a strike should probably occur in the country, it may affect you as an I.T student e.g. If public health workers in Federal Medical Center’s (F.M.C), should probably embark on strike, it will likely affect students who applied or are undergoing their training there.
If banks should also embark on strike, it may also affect students undergoing their training there. If public institutions in Nigeria should also embark on strike it may also affect students undergoing their training there etc.
If the strike should eventually be called off, your course mates probably working in other private establishments might have already gone far in their own training.
Most companies in Nigeria usually organize interviews and tests etc. for the students applying for training in order to access and determine their abilities and capabilities before acceptance. So, you should note this and be prepared for the test, interview or examination – if it is actually done by the companies you’re applying for your training.
Writing & Forwarding Of Your SIWES Application Letters To Firms For Possible Placement In Nigeria
At this stage, I’ll be introducing to you a key strategy I term “Multi-Forwarding”.
What is Multi-Forwarding?
Multi-Forwarding simply means the writing and forwarding of your application letters to more than one course-related firm for your industrial training.
For instance, when securing placement during my own time, I applied for my training in 3 Biochemistry related companies, namely:
- A Private Hospital
- Pharmaceutical (Drug Production) Company, all in Owerri, Imo State.
The private hospital and brewery only accepted my application, although I was earlier informed that I shouldn’t expect to be paid.
I finally settled for the private hospital, because my cost of transportation was lesser. I spent #200 daily, unlike the brewery company, where I would had spent up to #700 daily, because it was really far from my location.
You see, I was lucky in securing a reputable place for my training although I wasn’t paid.
Assuming I had put all my hope, and only applied for my training in the pharmaceutical company that rejected me, “What would had been my fate?”
In the course of securing placement in Nigeria, if you should apply for your training, let’s say in five (5) or more similar or different firms related to your course of study, there’s no how one or more won’t accept you for training, so far as:
- You correctly wrote and forwarded your application letters on time.
- The actually accept and work with I.T students in related fields e.g. Banks accepting only Banking & Finance, Economics, Accountancy, Insurance, Computer, Marketing, Management students instead of Biochemistry, Agriculture, Fishery students etc.
- There are actually vacancies.
How To Apply For Industrial Training (IT) In Nigeria
Your application letters can be sent through:
- email or
- Direct visitation
When applying for your training in Nigeria, you can try to get the correct email addresses of the companies you wish to undergo your training and send your letter(s) online.
You can also visit the locations of the firms and submit your application letters to either the secretary, job application units, or the employer in charge.
Sending your letters online through email has a major disadvantage, which is: your letters might not get read or replied by the companies. Instead, it’s advisable for you to visit the location of your desired firms and submit your letter and then wait for a reply.
Once you submit your letter, you may be told to start work immediately, the next day or week. You may not even get a reply or positive feedback from the companies at all. It depends!
That’s why when securing placement in Nigeria, it is always good to apply in more than one course-related companies to avoid stories that touch. This is an important advice for future participants.
I applied for my own industrial training in a private hospital in Owerri on a Friday, and I was told by the lab. scientist to start work on Monday, the next week.
Some firms accept only one student. I was the only I.T student in my workplace. It usually depends on the firm’s size, number of operations and labour needed.
Some firm’s also accepts up to 150+ students per session, just like a pharmaceutical company I know in Owerri, where there is division of labour. There are sections in the company for students of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Botany, Nutrition & Dietetics, Animal & Environmental Biology, Engineering etc. to work in.
Most times, not all Nigerian internship students goes through the stress of writing and forwarding their application letters.
In my own time, I also had a male course mate whose uncle is a Medical Doctor and owns several hospitals in the country. He didn’t even bother stressing himself writing a letter. He was even among the first set of students in my department to kick-start their industrial training.
If you know, you know!
Anyways, the writing and forwarding of your application letters to your desired course-related firms for industrial training is very important. It sounds and looks official when securing a placement in Nigeria.
You can’t just go a place without informing the employers of your coming. “What if they aren’t prepared to accept and welcome you?” “Are spaces even available?” Your chances of even being listened to, talk more of getting accepted may be low, if you shouldn’t inform the firms of your coming by the early submission of your application letters.
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