BUSINESS EDUCATION STUDENTS’ TECHNICAL SKILLS ACQUISITION AND EMPLOYABILITY POTENTIALS OF UNDERGRADUATES IN BAYELSA STATE

Authors

  • Dr. Wagbara, Sampson Owazuaka
  • Charity Berepugi

Keywords:

Technical Skills Acquisition, Business Education Students, Employability Potential

Abstract

The study investigated the influence of technical skills acquisition on the employability potential of undergraduates in Bayelsa State. A descriptive research design was used to carry out the study. The population of the study consisted of 499 undergraduates in business education from the three tertiary institutions in Bayelsa State. A simple random sampling technique was used to draw a sample size of 217 undergraduates, which was informed by the Krejcie and Morgan sampling table. The instrument was validated and tested for reliability, with a reliability index of 0.787 derived through Pearson's Product Moment Correlation statistic. Out of the 217 copies of the questionnaire distributed, 213 copies were retrieved and used for further analysis. Mean and standard deviation was used to answer the research questions, while the null hypotheses were tested using analysis of variance (ANOVA) at the 0.05 significance level. The findings of the study revealed, among other things, that there is no significant difference in the extent to which technical skill acquisition enhances the employability potential of undergraduates among the tertiary institutions in Bayelsa State. The study concluded that it has become imperative that the educational system be remodelled to provide appropriate and well-rounded business education programmes in tertiary institutions that enhance the employability skills of students and graduates from such institutions to be more employable in an increasingly competitive job market. The study, therefore, recommended, among others, that curriculum developers for the business education program should set up a joint curriculum of entrepreneurial and technical skills and training that will aid undergraduates in formulating a sustainable business plan, enhance confidence, expand technical skill development, and equip them with adequate skills to thrive in the workplace.

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Published

2023-04-02

How to Cite

Sampson Owazuaka, D. W., & Berepugi, C. . (2023). BUSINESS EDUCATION STUDENTS’ TECHNICAL SKILLS ACQUISITION AND EMPLOYABILITY POTENTIALS OF UNDERGRADUATES IN BAYELSA STATE. BW Academic Journal, 10. Retrieved from https://bwjournal.org/index.php/bsjournal/article/view/1190