Employability skills framework for engineering graduate in Malaysia

Azami Zaharim, Yuzainee M.D. Yusoff, Mohd Zaidi Omar, Hasan Basri

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to propose an engineering employability skill framework that will allow the concept to be explained easily and that can be used as a framework for working with engineering graduates to develop their employability before entering workforce. The framework was developed from existing researches on engineering employability skill issues and the requirement of the accreditation of engineering programme. The various criteria of employability skills related to engineering included in the framework are discussed and their criteria justified bases on literature review of existing studies. The framework sets out exactly what is meant by engineering employability, in clear and simple terms, and the framework suggests directions for interaction between the various criteria that being identified. The framework can be used to explain the concept of employability to those new to the subject, and particularly to engineering students and their future employer. It will be a useful tool for lecturers, careers advisors, employers and any other practitioners involved in employability skills. It will also be used to develop a model and a measurement tool for engineering employability skill. This paper contributes insights into the linking of graduate attributes, using national accreditation criteria and the framework of engineering employability skills from locally and globally expectation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09
Pages264-272
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2009
Event8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09 - Genova, Italy
Duration: 17 Oct 200919 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09

Other

Other8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09
CountryItaly
CityGenova
Period17/10/0919/10/09

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education

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Zaharim, A., Yusoff, Y. M. D., Omar, M. Z., & Basri, H. (2009). Employability skills framework for engineering graduate in Malaysia. In Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09 (pp. 264-272). (Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09).