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Title: Abating job mismatch through relevant and periodic technical enhancement
Authors: Guieb -Dayrit, Lorena
Keywords: Job Mismatch
Technical Skills
Competency
Contribution
Difficulty
Technical Demands
Issue Date: May-2010
Abstract: Summary: The study assessed the problem on job mismatch between industry needs to the technical qualifications of graduates. It has been an unsolved problem and is resulting to a more alarming one - which is unemployment. Much as there are unemployed individuals, there are also available jobs. Studies showed that human resource people are having a difficult time finding the right person to occupy these jobs, the problem they say lies on the technical competency of applicants. Thus, this study analyzed the level of competency of operators when they were newly-hired and compared it with their present level of competency. What caused these levels of competency and what probable recommendations can be done. The questionnaire was the main tool of the study although interviews, observations and other references were consulted. Descriptive research techniques were used in the analysis of the gathered data. Statistical tools such as weighted mean, single analysis of variance and Tukey’s procedure were also used. Findings: The level of competency of machine operators with regards to the technical skills being used at present is very competent while the level when they were newly-hired I new in their area was slightly competent. The schools have low contribution with regards to the acquisition of technical skills under study while the company contributed highly to the acquisition of these skills. The level of difficulty with regards to the technical skills when the operators were newly-hired / new in their area is moderate. There were significant differences on the levels of competency among the operators at present when grouped according to highest educational attainment, length of service and certifications / eligibilities. Also, there were significant differences on the levels of competency among operators when they were newly-hired / new in their area when grouped according to highest educational attainment and length of service. Regarding the levels of school contribution on the acquisition of technical skills, there were significant differences when grouped according to highest educational attainment and certifications / eligibilities. And lastly, when grouped according to highest educational attainment, length of service and certifications / eligibilities, a significant difference on the levels of company contribution on the acquisition of technical skills was evident. Conclusions: At present, the machine operators of MOOG Baguio are very competent regarding the technical skills being measured. Based from the facilitators, the trainings provided by MOOG, both classroom and actual, contributed to the high level of competency. On the other hand, the respondents were slightly competent when they were newly-hired / new in their area. The low level of contribution of the schools were the respondents graduated or came from contributed to the level of competency when they were newly-hired / new in their area. As a result, the respondents also experienced moderate difficulty on the technical skills being measured. Recommendations: To be able to improve the level of competency of graduates regarding the skills being measured, a special on-the-job training (OJT) program is proposed for engineering courses. The objective of the program is to provide students the technical skills in an actual working environment. A general elective subject is also proposed to third year engineering students with the same objectives as that of the special OJT program. While it is true that educational institutions develop technical skills, there are three agencies that need coordination so that graduates in the future will be technically competent. These are Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd) and Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA). There is also a need for educational institutions to invest on facilities, complete instruction materials and highly qualified and competent instructors to be able to produce technically equipped and qualified graduates to meet the technical needs of industries. Since exposure to machines in an actual working environment, trainings and seminars will contribute to high levels of competency, there is a need to further improve technical education to be able to match the technical demands of industries with regards to the appropriate technical skills operators / workers must possess.
Description: Thesis (M.S. : Management Engineering). -- Saint Louis University, Baguio City, 2010.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/324
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