Employability Skills Case Study

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Many studies (CBC (1990), ACCI (2002), ACU (2002), Venetsanopoulos (2004), Airey et al. (2005), BC Student Outcomes, (2013)) have been conducted to explore the expectations of the employers from the engineering graduates.

In the early 1990s the Conference Board of Canada sponsored a series of projects that attempted to respond to the question of educators: “What are employers looking for?” Through research and consultation with employers of all sizes the Board developed an Employability Skills Profile that identified the generic academic, personal management and teamwork skills that are required, to varying degrees, in every job. Three broad domains of employability skills were identified, viz. Academic skills, Personal management skills and Teamwork skills. The Conference Board reviewed the work of the 1992 Essential Skills project recommendations and published ‘Employability Skills 2000+’.
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The outcomes indicated that employers now expecting more than just technical skills and seeking a series of personal attributes and broad underpinning skills like self management, initiative and enterprise, and the ability to learn in an on-going fashion. The project has identified those key generic employability skills that enterprises expected from an individual along with the job-specific or relevant technical skills. The project has also identified an Employability Skills Framework that can contribute to the thinking and curriculum development of the Australian education and training

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