Employability Skills Needed by Vocational College Graduates: Feedback From the Industry

  • Mohd Adib Haron Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
  • Mohammad Azlan Mohammad Hussain Faculty of Technical and Vocational, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, 35900
  • Rafeizah Mohd Zulkifli Faculty of Technical and Vocational, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, 35900
  • Irdayanti Mat Nashir Faculty of Technical and Vocational, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, 35900
  • Nurul Nazirah Imam Ma'arof Faculty of Technical and Vocational, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, 35900
Keywords: Malaysian Vocational College graduates, skills workers, employability skills, communication skills, thinking skills, problem-solving skills

Abstract

In the real industrial setting, job duties and skills requirement have changed so much that makes seeking for employment can be a challenging experience. Hence, new graduates need to have the right skills at the right place, and at the right time. This study has been conducted to identify the employability potential of Malaysian Vocational College (KV) graduates based on the current employer perception. In addition, the employability skills among KV graduates as perceived by their potential employers will be identified, so an action can be suggested to KV stakeholders to better prepare their graduates. This study used a descriptive research design with a quantitative approach. The quantitative data for this study were obtained through questionnaires, developed based on the related literature review. The population size of the study is 882 industrial employers, who were involved in On the Job training (OJT) program of the first batch of KV students (from a pilot program). Stratified random sampling techniques were used to select the sample, which came out with a total of 269 sample size. The result of the study shows that communication, thinking and problem-solving skills were perceived as very important by industrial employers, so it has been suggested for the KV management team to develop their students with those attributes before they proceed to the job seeking process.

Published
26-09-2019
How to Cite
Haron, M. A., Mohammad Hussain, M. A., Mohd Zulkifli, R., Mat Nashir, I., & Imam Ma’arof, N. N. (2019). Employability Skills Needed by Vocational College Graduates: Feedback From the Industry. Journal of Technical Education and Training, 11(4). Retrieved from https://publisher.uthm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/JTET/article/view/3172
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