The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Professor Joseph Fuwape, has charged the 2021 Stream of 400 level students preparing for annual Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme, SIWES to ensure that they acquire skills that will benefit them in the future. The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Dean, School of Health and Health Technology and Chairman Committee of Deans, Professor Ayo Adeagbo at an Orientation Programme for the students on Wednesday April 14, 2021. He said the purpose of SIWES is to prepare students for the workplace after graduation. He highlighted the objectives of industrial training to include; preparation of students for work situations that they may meet after they graduate, acquisition of skills and experience, exposure to working methods and technique of handling machineries, enhancing students contact for future job placement, to apply work to acquired knowledge. He reiterated that SIWES is germane to the production of competent Manpower and added that FUTA has been getting encouraging feedback on participants sent to the field over the years and urged the present 400 level students to emulate such and also be good ambassadors of FUTA.
Professor Benjamin Akinyele Director, Industrial Training Unit, in his address said the Industrial Training Unit of the Institution over the years has gotten recognition for sending out students who are not only highly disciplined but are also highly dedicated to work and by so doing have contributed to the growth of the various organizations where they are placed. He commended all staff for their combined efforts towards giving the students the required learning.
While delivering a lecture on the Expectations of the University from Students during the Industrial Training Dean, Students Affairs Professor Gbenga Onibi said Carryover is equivalent to non-graduation, he therefore urged students to put in their best into the exercise not only for the marks but for future purposes. He further advised the students to be ambassadors of the institution as their actions do not affect them alone but will directly or indirectly affect FUTA’s reputation.
On his part Area Manager Industrial Training Fund ITF Akure Area Office Mr. Christopher Audu, said reports have shown that FUTA students are well behaved and competent. He said the essence of the training is to produce competitive manpower that can solve the myriads of problems facing the country. He advised the students to be safety and security conscious at all times also urging them to look for relevant industries to their areas of study as this will enhance their opportunities in the labour market.