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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK|
|Place of Publication||UK|
|Publisher||Association of Researchers in Construction Management|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2015|
|Event||31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015 - Lincoln, United Kingdom|
Duration: 7 Sep 2015 → 9 Sep 2015
|Conference||31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015|
|Period||7/09/15 → 9/09/15|
Bibliographical note© Author. The original paper was first published by ARCOM as part of the Conference Proceedings.
- graduate skills
- graduate competencies
- graduate employability
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