Application of soft skills in architectural programme in polytecnics to meet industrial requirements

Esa, Ahmad and Padil, Suhaili and Selamat, Asri (2013) Application of soft skills in architectural programme in polytecnics to meet industrial requirements. In: Malaysia International Technical HRD & (th AASVET Conference 2013), 23 hingga 24 Oktober 2013, Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak.

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Abstract

The emphasis on soft skills according to the field of study is important in order to helping students understand and apply soft skills in the workplace. Mismatch between soft skills possessed by graduates and the skills required by the industry being one of the causes for graduates being incompetent and not qualified. Thus, these issues increase the level of unemployment especially among polytechnic graduates. This study was conducted to identify the element of soft skills that possessed by students, applied by lecturers and required by construction industries. By using descriptive study in purpose survey, the samples for this study involving 335 number of architecture students and 80 number of architecture lecturers from Politeknik Primier Ungku Omar (PUO), Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah (POLIMAS), Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (POLISAS), Politeknik Port Dickson (PPD), Politeknik Merlimau (PMM) and Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah (PSIS). A sample of 30 respondents involving director, executive and supervisor were randomly selected from construction companies in Malaysia. This study conducted by questionnaire, interview and field survey using analysis of mean and variance, Spearman correlation test and ANOVA test. Researcher expecting that problem solving skill and teamwork skill are the dominant soft skills element that possessed by students, applied by lecturers and required by industry. There is statistically significantly difference between the dominant element of soft skills that possessed by students, applied by lecturers and required by industry. Based on the research analysis, a framework module will be develops as a guideline to integrate soft skills into architectural program in polytechnics.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:soft skills; skills mismatch; architectural programme; polytechnics; Malaysia
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
Divisions:Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Vocational Education
ID Code:6219
Deposited By:Prof. Madya Dr Ahmad Bin Esa
Deposited On:08 Dec 2014 12:01
Last Modified:08 Dec 2014 12:01

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