Best Advice for Industrial Training Choices in Nigeria (SIWES)

The Industrial Training is an educative programme that shouldn’t be missed by any Nigerian student because they’ll get to learn and implement all the courses theory that they’re being taught in school thereby enhancing efficiency and improving knowledge in their field or area of study. Due to the high credit unit that is being allocated to this course/programme, most Nigerian internship students usually take it seriously and try to put in their best performances in order to get good grades that will eventually boost their GP and CGPA.

As a student preparing to go for IT, if proper care isn’t taken you may end up making costly mistakes before, during and after your training which will likely affect your grade and performances.

Importance and Objective of Industrial Training

Industrial Training is an important strategy to expose students to real work-life situations and to equip them with the necessary skills that intensify their job acumen.

Industrial training program or training related program can be continuously improved through formal review and evaluation of its outcome.
A key element in an engineering curriculum is exposure to the Professional engineering practice sought through industrial training. Industrial training has traditionally been weighed as potent grooming of the professional career of a fresh engineering graduate and it is the common method of the harvesting skilled engineers.

A well-structured industrial training program as a part of curricula has been recommended, But it is not made compulsory. In addition to this, other structured industrial projects within the engineering curriculum are required to strengthen the practical skills of the students.

  • Training Outcomes and Assessment
  • Ability to acquire and apply fundamental principles of science and engineering.
  • Capability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to identify, formulate and model problems and find engineering solution based on a systems approach.
  • Ability to conduct research in the chosen fields of engineering.
  • Understanding of the importance of sustainability and cost-effectiveness in design and developments of engineering solution.
  • Ability to be a multi-skilled engineer with good technical knowledge, management, leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Awareness of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibility as an engineer.
  • Capability and enthusiasm for self-improvement through continuous professional development and life-long learning.

Do you want to get an amazing internship placement in Nigeria and don’t know what to do?

Unlike jobs, internship placements are quite easier to get because you can walk up to a nearby company and request to work for free plus you won’t be in the company for a long time.

If you are looking forward to getting an internship placement, then there is a very high probability that you must have read some blog post that would give you some useful piece of advice like; create an attention-getting CV and cover letter, Prepare well for your interview, be confident, be over-prepared etc.

As true as this advice are, I think it is quite basic to a 21st-century job-seeker. If this information is new to you then maybe you have not started your job search journey, see how you can start here. Just like jobs, the competition for internship positions is getting even tighter. It may sound quite easy to walk up to a “nobody knows the name” company and request to intern with them; but what about the “big ones”, are they not made for people?

The big question here is how do some candidates get this amazing internship placement in Nigeria considering the application pile? What makes them stand out from the crowd?

I asked Interns from top companies in Nigeria how they got their placements? I interviewed interns from SHELL, Chevron, PWC, and KPMG

 

Where are the best places to easily apply & do industrial training in Nigeria?

Most Nigerian internship students usually ask this very important question and are seeking solutions in order to soon secure possible IT/SIWES Placement and commence their training immediately. Now that you’ve known the major reasons you should take your industrial training (IT) serious, the next step you’ll learn is how to apply for IT in Nigeria.

 

How to Apply For Industrial Training in Nigeria

  • Writing, signing and stamping of your SIWES Application Letters
  • Sending the letters to more than one course-related firms/companies
  • Waiting for feedback or interview/test
  • Commencement of your industrial training

 

Best Places to Apply and Do Your Industrial Training (IT) In Nigeria

There are so many places where you can do your IT in Nigeria. Some pay, some don’t! Some of the places would give you the opportunity to learn some new stuff; the rest will only give you an office and pay you to write all your stay there, some of the best options include:

Financial Institutions

This includes banks, insurance firms, loans & trade companies etc. They usually accept students in the following departments/disciplines: Banking & Finance, Economics, Accounting/Accountancy, Insurance, Marketing, Computer Science, Business Administration, Statistics etc.

Breweries

This includes companies such as Guinness, Hero, Legend, Coca-Cola, Malt, Pepsi etc. They usually accept students in the following departments/disciplines: Food Science & Technology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Microbiology /Industrial Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry/Industrial Chemistry, Plant Science & Biotechnology/Botany.

Hospitals/ Medical Laboratories

They are numerous private & public hospitals/laboratories in Nigeria that are well equipped and accept many Nigerian students for industrial training every year. They usually accept only students of Medical Laboratory Science, Lab Science & Technology, Microbiology, Biochemistry etc for training.

The IT students will likely work in the laboratory section and also learn and conduct several medical tests such as HIV, Malaria, Blood Grouping, PCV, HVS, and Culture etc. The students will also learn how to handle and maintain several laboratory equipment/apparatus.

Pharmaceutical Companies

These are firms or industries that are involved in the production of various beneficial drugs and health-related products e.g. Paracetamol (Emzor). They usually accept students in Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Microbiology/Industrial Microbiology, Food Science & Technology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Plant Science & Biotechnology/Botany, Chemistry/Industrial Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering.

Farms/Agricultural Companies/Poultries/Fisheries

These places usually accept and work with students of Plant Science & Biotechnology, Fisheries, Animal Science, Nutrition & Dietetics, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension & Communication, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, and Chemistry.

Telecommunication Engineering Companies

This is a wonderful place you should consider going for industrial training if you’re a student of Computer Science/Information Technology, Marketing, Statistics, Mass Communication, Electrical Engineering. Popular telecommunication companies in Nigeria include MTN, Globacom, Airtel Nigeria, 9mobile etc.

 Television Station (eg NTA)

The Nigerian Television Authority is another great place to apply for industrial training in Nigeria as it has functional branches in almost all states in the country.

They usually accept students of Mass Communication, Computer Science/Computer Engineering/Information Technology, Statistics, and Electrical Engineering etc. and even though their offerings are totally analogue, they have a perfect sample of media for elementary purposes.

Foods and Cosmetics Production Companies

This includes companies that are involved in the production of commodities such as Biscuits, Noodles, Creams, Soaps, Detergents, and Perfumes etc. These places will be good for IT students of Chemistry/Industrial Chemistry, Food Science & Technology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology/Industrial Microbiology, and Plant Science & Biotechnology/Botany.

Computer Training Centers

This is a very good place and I’ll always recommend it to mostly Computer Science students to apply and do their industrial training because they’ll get to practically learn various skills such as Networking, Website & Software Development, Programming, Logo Design etc.

Construction Firms/Sites

They’re various mechanical workshops and companies in Nigeria that are willing to accept and work with Mechanical & Electrical Engineering IT students. They’re usually situated in big cities like Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Abuja, Asaba etc. they’re equally various construction firms/sites that also accept and work with Architecture, Building Technology, Quantity Surveying, Geology, Geography, Civil Engineering IT students.

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Oil Companies

Most Nigerian students & graduates want to work in oil companies even those that aren’t or didn’t study-related course all because they pay their workers well. Sometimes, they equally award scholarships/sponsorships to their dedicated, committed and intelligent IT students/workers.

They usually accept students of Chemistry/Industrial Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology/Industrial Microbiology, Petroleum Engineering, Biotechnology etc. Popular oil companies in Nigeria include Shell, Chevron, NNPC, TOTAL, and Mobil. All you’ve to do is to submit your application letters early with any recommended attachments and wait for the reply.

So, as a student preparing to soon go for IT, if you’re really serious and interested in getting reputable IT/SIWES Placement this year or next in Nigeria, then quickly start preparing, read more on the best places to apply and do industrial training in Nigeria.

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