Perceptions of Construction Students on Industrial Training in Nigeria

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Babalola, A. J.
Obianeri, R.
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ABSTRACT Purpose: This study evaluates the perceptions of construction students on industrial training in Nigeria, with a view to suggesting ways of improving the Student Industrial Working Experience Scheme (SIWES). Design/methodology/approach: The study is a descriptive survey research in which 100 copies of a structured questionnaire, based on the objectives of the study, were administered to assess the perceptions of construction students. The questionnaire was fully responded to. Findings: The study found: that the students benefited from their SIWES programme and were exposed to real working environments in their area of studies; that there were improvements in their personal, working and communication skills; that they gained knowledge of the latest technologies as well as other knowledge that would be useful in their working lives. Practical implications: The study encourages students to participate actively in the SIWES programme and pay serious attention to their industrial supervisors. However, employers should do more to equip students technologically, while the government should adequately fund and monitor the programme in order to meet its objectives. Originality/value: The study examined the present state of the SIWES programme in Nigerian universities and advocates its improvement towards enhancing economic development. Keywords: Construction industry; Construction students; Nigeria; SIWES: Training
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Construction industry, Construction students, Nigeria, SIWES and Training , Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS