ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS NEEDS OF ELECTRONIC TEACHICANS FOR SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIALIZATION IN RIVERS STATE
Keywords:industrialization, entrepreneurial skills, self-employment, technical colleges
The objective of this study was to determine the entrepreneurial skills need of electronics technicians for sustainable industrialization in Rivers State. The study was necessitated in response to the prevailing issue of unemployment among graduates of technical colleges and the colossal alarm for industrialization. Four. A survey research design was used for the study. The area of study was Rivers State. Population was 50 electronics technicians, (35 less-experienced and 15 experienced electronics technicians) in Rivers State. There was no sampling done to the manageable size of the population. The instrument for data collection was a 36 item structured questionnaire with four sections (A-D). The instrument was validated by three experts. Reliability of the instrument was determined using Cronbach Alpha, and it yielded a reliability coefficient of .90. Fifty copies of the questionnaire were distributed, correctly completed and returned within three days. This accounts for a 100 percent return rate. Four research questions that guided the study were analyzed using mean with standard deviation. Four null hypotheses were tested at .05 level of significance using t-test. The findings of the study showed that electronic technicians must acquire entrepreneurial skills such as planning skills, technical skills, accounting skills and interpersonal skills, if they must establish and sustain their own enterprises/industries. Based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations were made, sensitization campaign by the government in collaboration with technical education institutions in quest to sensitizing both technical college students and graduates on the need to acquiring entrepreneurial skills for sustainable industrialization, also entrepreneurship education should be made a core course in technical colleges as to impart to the students requisite entrepreneurial skills for self-employment and sustainable industrialization.