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Small medium enterprises (SME) readiness to participate in workforce skills development

Md. Noor, Haris and Kamaruddin, Nor Kamariah and Mohd Adi, Mohd Nazir and Ahmad, Abd Rahman and Wan Saidi, Wan Nordiana Syazmiera and Abdul Rahman, Abdul Ghafar (2013) Small medium enterprises (SME) readiness to participate in workforce skills development. In: Management, Business and Entrepreneurship 2013 (ICTMBE 2013) , 4-5 December 2013, Melaka, Malaysia .

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The purpose of this study is to identify the readiness factors of SMEs to participate in workforce skills development. Many changes have occurred regarding the workforce skills needed in the workplace operation, thus forcing the organizations to emphasize on knowledge-based workforce. Workforce needs to acquire new skills to be competitive and ready to accept the current and upcoming changes. SMEs needs to involve in on-going training of their workforce in order to guarantee its skills resources and challenges to be faced, due to the increases of competitiveness and technology advancement. Questionnaire were distributed to 200 employees of SMEs in the food manufacturing sector in Batu Pahat, Johor. The preliminary analysis of the questionnaires showed that the item regarding mutual trust and respect with mean score of 4.12 is the most dominant factor of workforce readiness to participate in skills development, thus indicate the high central of tendency towards readiness of participation. Whilst, the overall outcome for all the readiness factors regarding SMEs participation in employees skills development showed high central of tendency with mean range from 3.89 - 4.12. It is much suggested that SMEs and training provider should allocate proper time or schedule for SMEs workforce to participate in skills development programme. In future the findings will be strengthening through in-depth analysis to determine the significant result that can be generalised throughout SMEs in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: participation; readiness; skills development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801-8943 Labor. Work. Working class
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Technology Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 08:33
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 08:04
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5135
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