By J. B. Fagoyinbo
As an engineering student, you need to be involved in Industrial Training (IT) so that you are well prepared for a graduate job in your chosen field. IT creates an opportunity for you to put what you have learned at university/polytechnic to work in the kind of real-life situations you will come up against when you start your career. It gives you a great experience during your BSc degree or National Diploma through Higher National Diploma, which I shall refer to as basic level engineering/technology study (BLETS).
The BLETS program consists of series of practical exposures manifesting in laboratory practice, workshop practice and field works. These are organized within the component courses making up the program of study and are managed by the respective department.
Each technical institution has a definite department with responsibility for coordinating the organization and management of the IT scheme. The academic staffs responsible for the trading of the students are the principal inspectors and assessors of the students’ exposures. The IT becomes necessary because it is practically impossible for a BLETS student to adequately acquire the practical exposure needed by industries.
The main stakeholders in the IT scheme include:
- The national government that recognizes that human resource is crucial for accelerating the transformation of the country into an industrializing economy and, thus, puts strategies in place to diversify and solidify funding for Industrial Training and Attachment. The Government thus involves the private sector, development partners, and other support agencies in financing industrial training and attachment;
- The Accreditation Body set up by Government to ensure that outputs of technical institutions pass through engineering curricula that meet international standards;
- The training institutions that ensure well-defined curricula, adequate staffing, laboratory and workshop equipment and facilities that will ensure compliance with expected standards;
- The Government Agency set up for the promotion, coordination and supervision of the various activities of the industries and technical institutions to ensure adequate exposure of the IT participants; and
- The IT participants who have responsibility are the beneficiaries of the exposure.
as an IT participant, you’ll benefit from the scheme thus:
- Obtain first-hand experience and transferable skills working as an engineering professional;
- A unique learning opportunity that offers opportunities to learn your strengths and weaknesses by creating learning objectives and receiving feedback from your supervisor;
- Apply the technical knowledge and engineering methods you are exposed to in the industry to real-life situations;
- Work with other engineering practitioners of all grades (Craftsman, technicians, technologists and chartered engineers);
- Experience what it’s like to work in a professional organization;
- Able to experience a prospective career path through acquainting yourself with a field you intend to learn about;
- Increase your technical, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills;
- Observe interactions of engineers with other professional groups; and
- Witness the functioning and organization of business and companies.