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Obstacles to employability skills training programs in Malaysia from the perspectives of employers, educators and graduates perspective


Mohd Puad, Mohd Hazwan (2018) Obstacles to employability skills training programs in Malaysia from the perspectives of employers, educators and graduates perspective. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 8 (10). 952 - 972. ISSN 2222-6990


Over the last two decades,employability skills training programs initiated by the Malaysian government and agencies are an essential strategy to improve the skill of the workforce and minimiz unemployment.However,stakeholders seem perplexed about the direction and attainment of the training programs. There are raising concerns whether employability skills training programs are designed and offered properly in improving workers’ skills and securing unemployed workers’ employment. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of educators, employers, and recent graduates regarding the contributing factors that impede the progress of employability skills training programs. The theoretical framework for this quantitative study was based on Human Capital Theory. A survey questionnaire contains qualitative component questions was developed to gather feedback from employers, educators, and graduates from the central economic region of the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. The findings of this study revealed the major obstacles to effective employability skills training programs in the workforce of Malaysia, such as unclear objectives and direction of training programs, negative attitudes of recent raduates,and inactive involvement of employers in local workforce education and training. These obstacles will be a key area to be assessed and improved in program evaluation.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.6007/IJARBSS/v8-i10/4792
Publisher: Human Resource Management Academic Research Society
Keywords: Employability skills; Training programs; Workforce; Unemployment; Obstacle
Depositing User: Mr. Sazali Mohamad
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 01:04
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 15:34
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/75113
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