This study assessed the level of university students’ skill acquisition for employability in Cross River State. Two hypotheses were isolated to give direction to the investigation. Research survey design was adopted for the study. The sample size of 300 students were drawn from a population of 2,998 final year students from the two universities using stratified random sampling technique. Data collection was carried out with researchers constructed instrument titled “University Students’ Skill Acquisition for Employability Questionnaire (USSAEQ)”. Population t-test of one sample mean and independent t-test statistical techniques were used to analyzed the data collected through the instrument. Results obtained showed that the level of university students skill acquisition for employability is significantly low. Conventional university students do not differ significantly from those in specialized university in their skill acquisition for employability. It was concluded that university students’ skill acquisition for employment is significantly low. Recommendations were made that university students in Cross River State should be equipped with sufficient employability skills.
VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION: A VIABLE TOOL FOR TRANSFORMATION OF THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY (Published)
Vocational and technical education has been integral part of national development strategies in many societies because of the impact on human resource development, productivity and economic development. It holds the key to national development of most nation’s. However, despite its contribution to societal and economic development, Nigerian leaders have not given this aspect of education the attention it desires. This could be one of the reasons for the nation’s underdevelopment. This paper attempts to examine the concept of vocational and technical education, objectives of vocational and technical education, image of vocational and technical education in Nigeria, the importance and role of vocational and technical education in economic development and challenges of vocational and technical education in Nigeria. The paper concludes that through vocational and technical education youths as well as adults will be trained to acquire skills, attitude and knowledge which are needed for the economic growth of our nation. The paper therefore recommends that the nation must invest copiously in education with particular attention given to vocational and technical education.