AN INTERNSHIP REPORT AT AKWA IBOM WATER COMPANY LIMITED: BASED ON AN INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE
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1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE SCHEME
The student industrial training is a training programme which forms a part of the academic standards in the various degree programmes for all Nigerian tertiary institutions. It seeks to bridge the gap existing between technology and other professional education programmes in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
It is a skills training programme designed to expose and prepare students of Universities, Polytechnics/Colleges of Technology/Colleges of Agriculture and Colleges of Education for the industrial work situation that they are likely to meet after graduation. The scheme also affords the students the opportunity of familiarizing and exposing themselves to the needed experience in handling equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their institutions.
Before the scheme was established, there was a growing concern among our industrialists that graduates of our institutions of higher learning lacked adequate practical background studies preparatory for unemployment in industries and other organizations. Thus, the employers of labour were of the opinion that the theoretical education going on in the higher institutions was not responsive to their needs.
It is against this background that the rationale for initiating and designing the scheme by the industrial Training Fund (ITF) during its formative years, (1973/1974), was introduced to acquaint students with the skills of handling employers’ equipment and machinery. The ITF solely funded the scheme during its formative years. But as the financial involvement became unbearable to the fund, it withdrew from the scheme in 1978. The federal government handed over the scheme in 1979 to both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). Later, the federal government in November 1984 revert the management and implementation of the scheme to ITF and it was effectively taken over by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in July 1985 with the funding being solely borne by the federal government (Job Specifications on Students Industrial work Experience Scheme, n.d.)
1.2. AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF SIWES
- To provide an avenue for students in the university to acquire industrial skill and experience in their course of study.
- To prepare students for the work situation they are likely to meet after graduation.
- To expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in the university and Institute.
- Provide student an opportunity to apply their bridging the gap between higher education and actual practice.
- Make transition from the university to the world of work easier and thus enhance students contact for later job placement after graduation.
- Enlist and strengthen employer’s involvement in the entire educational process of preparing university graduates for employment in industry.
- To enhance students contacts for later job placement.
- To further expose the students to the opportunities in their fields.
1.3. FUNCTIONS OF SIWES
By the directive of National Universities Commission (NUC) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF), the unit is mandated to carry out the following functions:
- Provision of advisory guidance to participating students on career employment opportunities.
- Fostering of close links between the university and industries participating in SIWES program.
- Processing of students’ log books, ITF forms and industrial attachment reports upon which is based on the Federal Government funding of supervision and students’ allowances.
- Supervision of students placed in the industries located within our ITF zone.
- Seeking of industries placement for undergraduates enrolled in various disciplines scheduled for participation in SIWES.
- Monitoring of compliance with the requirements of SIWES on the part of students in eligible disciplines as a condition for graduation.
- Facilitation of the disbursement of the students’ allowance to deserving students through e-payments
1.4. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY
Akwa Ibom Water Board was founded in 1987 and later incorporated in 2001 to become Akwa Ibom Water Company Limited under the managing directorship of Chief Ernest Usoro. Akwa Ibom Water Company carries out water engineering, maintenance of pipelines, water analysis, and treatment of water.
1.5. MISSION STATEMENT OF AKWA IBOM WATER COMPANY
The mission statement of the company is to provide portable water to the urban and semi-urban communities of the state of the state in an efficient manner with the views to achieving a continuous self sustenance for the benefits of the stakeholders or the people.
1.6. FUNCTIONS OF AKWA IBOM WATER COMPANY LIMITED
- To organize the conduct of comprehensive research for the purpose of the company, from time to time on matter related to the function and to submit the result of such research to the commission for the utilization and for formulation of the policy relating to the supply and use of water in the state.
- To provide and manage all water works vested to the company.
- To determine or suspend distribution as many become necessary.
1.7. ORGANOGRAM OF THE COMPANY
AKWA IBOM WATER COMPANY LIMITED