The Impact of Generic Skills on Building Technology Graduates’ Employability
Gimba Dogara1, Mohammad Sukri Bin Saud2, Yusri Bin Kamin3, Bakare Shola Francis4
1Gimba Dogara, Lecturer, Department of Technical Education, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan.
2Sukri Mohammad Bin Saud, Professor, Department of Technical and Engineering Education, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, MALAYSIA.
3Yusri bin Kamin, Associate Professor, Department of Technical and Engineering Education, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, MALAYSIA.
4Bakare Shola Francis is a Lecturer at the Department of Vocational and Technical Education, Faculty of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Manuscript received on 3 August 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on 9 August 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 September 2019. | PP: 2967-2972 | Volume-8 Issue-3 September 2019 | Retrieval Number: C4811098319/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.C4811.098319
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Abstract: Stressing the generic skills among learners is an essential component of producing graduates who would be employable and highly competitive in the world of work situations. This study empirically examined the influence of soft skill elements on building technology graduates’ employability at technical colleges in Nigeria. The study tested six hypotheses on soft skill elements influencing building technology graduates’ employability. Data were collected through personal-administered questionnaire from 314 building technology teachers at technical colleges in the north-western States of Nigeria. The instrument was embraced from an earlier study and distributed to Building technology teachers at technical colleges in North West, Nigeria. The results revealed through Partial Least Square (PLS) analysis that ICT skills, and resource management skills have a significant positive relationship with building technology graduates’ employability while personal skills and problem-solving skills have a positive but insignificant relationship with building technology graduates’ employability at technical colleges in Nigeria. It is recommended that teachers or academicians should come out with more interactive ways to develop soft skills among students at every stage to make them become more employable hence, avert them from being unemployed in the future.
Index Terms: Generic Skills, Building Technology, confirmatory factor analysis, Structural Equation Modelling.
Scope of the Article: Bio-Science and Bio-Technology