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Welcome to the Industrial Liaison and Career Guidance (ILCGU) of the National Institute of Transport. The Industrial Liaison and Career Guidance (ILCG) Unit is one of the academic units of the National Institute of Transport (NIT) under the Directorate of Academic Support Services (DASS). The Unit has two main sections namely; Industrial Practical Training (IPT) and Career Guidance. The Head of the ILCG Unit is the overall in charge of the day-to-day activities of the Unit. The Unit collaborates with the Public Relations Office for external and internal linkages. It links the Institute to Industry through the Memorandum of Understanding for mutual benefit. This facilitates staff attachment, students’ Industrial Practical Training (IPT), internships, and study tours. The ILCG Unit in its daily undertakings is assisted by departmental coordinators.


About Industrial Practical Training

Industrial Practical Training (IPT) is an indispensable component of studies that compels all students pursuing their studies at the National Institute of Transport (NIT) to experience an actual working environment setting before completing their various programmes. The purpose of IPT for students is to supplement classroom training and impart to the students the right attitude and working culture so that they can become effective and productive in organizations. Therefore, IPT is usually part-time, which is related to the student's academic goals and is pre-professional. It is premeditated to give the student the opportunity for career exploration and development. Students should have the chance to learn new skills, explore career interests, and meet new social and intellectual challenges. Industrial attachment allows students to interact, learn and receive first-hand experience in diverse settings as they undergo the attachment experience from the industry, business and community.


The attachment can be done in any organization of a choice and accepted by the Institute based on the area of specialization including colleges, societies, volunteer organizations, government departments, private organizations and religious institutions among others. The ILCGU was established to ensure that stakeholders, where students and staff can be attached, are obtained, there exists a beneficial and sustainable relationship between the Institute and its stakeholders and to ensure effective coordination of all other issues related to field attachment placement and supervision.


The General Roles of ILCGU are: -

  1. Foster strong industrial partnership between the Institute and Industries for attachment and feedback from industry and students;
  2. Market and project the image of the Institute to the Industrial world;
  3. Advance practical training for students and staff to produce quality manpower for development; 
  4. Mediate between the Institute and the Industrial community and as the first point of call for industry seeking skilled employees for their manpower needs;
  5. Foster the development of professional learning through collaboration, cross-fertilization of ideas and reflections;
  6. Liaise with organizations and departments on behalf of students for their practical attachment; 
  7. Assist students in securing appropriate places for industrial attachment;
  8. Monitor the activities of students during industrial attachment/internship;
  9. Organize job search, workshops and seminars for staff and students; 
  10. Coordinate the planning and implementation of practical attachment of students; 
  11. Ensure proper keeping and updating of a database of practical training sites; 
  12. Create linkages for industrial attachments or workplace learning experiences for both students and lecturers; and 
  13. Organize orientation programmes for students to promote their understanding of practical industrial training. The Specific

The Specific Roles of ILCGU are: 

  1. Searching for IPT placements for students within and outside the institution
  2. Allocation of IPT placements to students 
  3. Allocation of IPT supervisors (Lecturer) for students' supervision
  4. Dissemination of information about the IPT placements to the Head of Departments and the students.
  5. Planning and coordinating IPT supervision 
  6. To link the Institute to the industries (both internal and international linkages) through the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) IPT Benefits to Employers 

Benefits of IPT to Employers

  1. Employers will have numerous Benefits (by allowing students to learn practically) as follows; Employers can create a pool of experienced candidates from which to hire. 
  2. The chance of a "fit" between the candidate and your company is increased.
  3. The new employee who has completed IPT with you already has a better understanding of the work and your corporation or organisation
  4. IPT allows an employer to assign a duty to students. the task might not otherwise have been completed because regular staff do not have the time. 
  5. Some students come in with an advanced skill level rather than someone hired temporarily. 
  6. Field practical training allows students to apply their theoretical skills in a real-world setting where they may contribute new ideas to the employer based on their recent knowledge.

National Institute of Transport - NIT

Dr. Faustine Juma Masunga

Head, Industrial Liaison and Career Guidance Unit