The employability skills provision within a construction project management degree programme

Yakubu Olawale*

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    Abstract

    This study was geared at assessing the employability skills provision within a construction project management degree programme through a questionnaire survey. Students were required to assess their level of ability in relation to the most common skills and competencies most sought after by construction project management graduate employers. The study identified team-working ability as the most sought after skill by the employers investigated followed by verbal communication, written communication and leadership ability. It was found that students were very confident of their ability in 12 of the 14 identified skills and competencies. But ironically, leadership, an important skill sought by employers is one that majority of the students felt most insecure in their ability. The study concludes that the BSc programme equips students with these employability skills and competencies, but more effort is needed to make the leadership development opportunities in the programme more conspicuous. With recommendations on how to achieve this proffered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings 31st Annual ARCOM conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
    Pages959-968
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780955239090
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
    Event31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015 - Lincoln, United Kingdom
    Duration: 7 Sep 20159 Sep 2015

    Conference

    Conference31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLincoln
    Period7/09/159/09/15

    Bibliographical note

    © Author. The original paper was first published by ARCOM as part of the Conference Proceedings.

    Keywords

    • graduate skills
    • graduate competencies
    • graduate employability

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    Olawale, Y. (2015). The employability skills provision within a construction project management degree programme. In Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK (pp. 959-968). Association of Researchers in Construction Management. http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/2a5a89c5fd344155017dd1129ed094a7.pdf