ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS NEEDS OF ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONICS TECHNICAL COLLEGE GRADUATES FOR SELF-EMPLOYMENT IN ABUA-ODUAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, RIVERS STATE
Keywords:technical college students, self-employment, Abua-Odual Local Government Area
The study was carried out to determine entrepreneurial skills needs of electrical/electronics technical college graduates for self-employment in Abua-Odual Local Government Area, Rivers State. In carrying out the research, two research questions and two null hypotheses were formulated. The population for the study was 40 electrical/electronics technical college graduates. This consists of 25 males and 15 females. All the 40 electrical/electronics
technical Colleges graduates were used for the study without sampling as a result of the relatively small population size. A 20-items structured questionnaire developed from the reviewed literature was used as instrument for data collection. Forty Copies of the questionnaire were administered and retrieved by the researcher. This amounted to 100% return rate. Research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation while t-test was used to test the three null hypotheses at .05 level of significance. The findings of the study are that technical college graduates need entrepreneurial skills such as technical skills, managerial skills, accounting skills and interpersonal skills among others for self-employment. It was therefore recommended that electrical/electronics technical college graduates should acquire entrepreneurial skills such as planning skills, technical skills, accounting skills and interpersonal skills, which will help them to be self-employed. Also, sensitization campaign should be carried out by the government in collaboration with technical education institutions in quest to sensitizing both technical college students and graduates on the need to acquire entrepreneurial skills for self-employment.