The Industrial Training Fund​

The Industrial Training Fund was established by Decree 47 of 1971, now an Act as amended in 2011. The ITF is a grade “A” parastatal of the Federal Government supervised by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI). The ITF is an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization.

It pioneered and sustained short and long term scheduled and unscheduled training programmes and offer intervention training programmes that have benefited millions of Nigerians.

At establishment, it was discovered that the widest skills gap that existed was in the area of vocational and technical skills. The Fund, therefore, developed the National Apprentice Scheme (NAS) in the late 70’s to provide the policy framework and facilitate our Apprenticeship programmes nationwide.

Today as Nigeria is experiencing significant economic changes, we embarked on a structural reorganization and expansion of the scope of our operations to effectively cover the whole country. To complement the efforts of employers to improve the proficiency of their staff, the ITF has developed and built its internal capacity, which has positioned it at the forefront of industrial skills training in Nigeria.

“In response to population explosion and the phenomenon of rising youth unemployment, we developed short term vocational skills training programmes that have trained hundreds of thousands of Nigerians across the Federation.”

Our performance as a corporate entity hinges on the strategic investment we have made to improve our system and people. These investments cover everything from the building and maintenance of skills training centres to procuring the equipment and technologies to run these centres.

The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is a Skills Training Programme designed to prepare and expose Students of Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Technology, Colleges of Agriculture and Colleges of Education for the Industrial Work situation they are likely to meet after graduation. The Scheme affords Students the opportunity of familiarizing and exposing themselves to handling equipment and machinery that are usually not available in their Institutions.

Before the establishment of the Scheme, there was a growing concern that graduates of our Institutions of higher learning lacked adequate practical knowledge and that the theoretical education in Higher Institutions was not responsive to the needs of the Employers of Labour.

It is against this background that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) initiated, designed and introduced SIWES Scheme in 1973 to acquaint Students with the skills of handling Industrial equipment and machinery.


The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) solely funded the Scheme during its formative years. However, due to financial constraints, the Fund withdrew from the Scheme in 1978. The Federal Government noting the significance of the skills training, handed the management of the Scheme to the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in 1979. In November 1984, management implementation of the Scheme was again reverted to the ITF with the funding to be solely borne by the Federal Government.


The Scheme is designed to bridge the gap between employers’ expectations and actual performance of Nigerian graduates.


    • It should provide an avenue for students in institutions of higher learning to acquire industrial skills and experience in their course of study


    • Prepare students for Industrial Work situation they are to meet after graduation


    • Expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machines that may not be available in their institutions.


    • Make transition from school to the world of work easier and enhance students’ contacts for later job placement


    • Provide Students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situation, thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice



  • Enlist and strengthen employers’ involvement in the entire educational process.