Core Skills Required by Graduates of Motor Vehicle Mechanic Work For Maintaining Anti-Lock Braking System of Modern Cars in Lagos State (Published)
The study was carried out to determine the core skills required by graduates of motor vehicle mechanic work for maintaining anti-lock braking system of modern cars in Lagos State. A survey research design was employed for the study. The population for the study comprised 204 supervisors in 68 registered automobile maintenance industries in Lagos State. A structured questionnaire item was used for collecting data from the respondents. The instrument was validated by three experts. Cronbach alpha reliability method was employed to determine the internal consistency of the questionnaire items and 0.82 was obtained as reliability coefficient. Three research questions guided the study while three null hypotheses formulated were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Mean was used for answering research questions while t-test statistics was used to test the hypotheses of no significant difference at 0.05 levels of significance and 183 degree of freedom. It was found out that all the thirteen competencies in servicing, twenty four competencies in repairing anti-lock braking system and ten safety competencies identified were required by graduates of MVMW for maintaining anti-lock braking system. It was recommended that all the maintenance-abilities or competencies identified in the study should be used to retrain the graduates of MVMW in Lagos State. It was also recommended that experts and specialists in ABS maintenance should be employed to train the graduates of MVMW.
An Investigation into the Soft Skills That Employers in Zimbabawe Expect Graduate Jobseekers to Possess: A Study of Five Companies under the Industrial Development Corporation of Zimbabwe (Limited) Group (Published)
This study sought to investigate the soft skills which employers in Zimbabwe value most, which they expect graduate jobseekers and graduate employees to possess. The study was based on five companies under the Industrial Development Corporation of Zimbabwe Limited Group (IDCZ) namely Chemplex Corporation, Almin Metal Industries; Olivine Industries; Allied Insurance and Sunway City. The study was primarily quantitative with wide use of self-completing questionnaires. The research found out that employers as represented by managerial staff at the five companies under study felt that tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe exclude the training in soft skills and emphasised on the development of technical skills (hard skills). The study found out that the ten soft skills that employers in Zimbabwe felt were critical for graduate employees to possess are: critical thinking, morality (hunhu/ ubuntu), teamwork, ethics, anger management/ self-control, communication skills, integrity, reliability/ trustworthiness, self- confidence, and understanding the work culture. As entailed in the Personality Trait-Based Model of Job Performance, the study recommended that compulsory training in soft skills which prioritizes the identified most preferred soft skills should be introduced in tertiary institutions. The study also recommended that institutions with the mandate to develop manpower in Zimbabwe, such as the National Manpower Advisory Council (NAMACO) should develop a National Soft Skills Framework which clearly outlines the set of soft skills to be possessed by graduate youths in order for them to meet industry skills expectations when they join the world of work