SKILL NEEDS OF GRADUATES OF TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE PRACTICE FOR EMPLOYMENT IN RIVERS STATE
This study was conducted with the objective of identifying the skill needs of Technical College graduate for employment in Rivers State. To achieve this objective, three research questions wereposed toguide the study. The research questions were answered using mean with standard deviation. A survey research design was used for the study. The population for the study consisted of 60 graduates of Electrical Installation and Maintenance Practicefrom Technical Colleges working in industries in Rivers State. A
30 items questionnaire was the instrument usedfor data collection. The instrument was face validated by two experts from School of Education, Federal College of Education (Tech), Omoku, Rivers State and an expert from Department of Technology and Vocational Education (TVE), Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Enugu. With the reliability of the instrument was determined using Cronbach Alpha and reliability index was calculated to be 0.88. The study revealed that graduates of technical colleges needed skills to carry out repair, mantling and dismantling of electrical machine, winding of electrical machine etc. Consequently, some
recommendations were proffered, some of which included that electrical
machines/equipment should be made available in technical colleges where the students will be exposed to the function and operation and that electrical teacher should be allowed togofor refresher course/workshop in the electrical industry where they would be exposed to modern machines as to impart their experiences to the students.