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