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Pages: 7007-7015
Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 978-84-616-3847-5
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2013
Location: Seville, Spain

HIGHER INSTITUTION COLLABORATION WITH COMPANIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MIDDLE LEVEL MANPOWER SKILLS IN SOUTH-SOUTH, NIGERIA

C. Ukala, C. Madumere-Obike, A. Nwabueze

University of Port Harcourt (NIGERIA)
In today’s global economy, the development of human capacity is very crucial for national building. Skills acquisition in higher education institutions involves the development of new knowledge and practice through training and experiences. This study therefore, looked at higher institution collaboration with companies for the development of middle level manpower skills in South-South, Nigeria. This involves the participation of higher institutions in collaboration with companies using institutional research findings and knowledge for the improvement of human capital development. Three research questions and hypotheses were posed to guide the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey design with a population 40 head of personnel and their assistants in 20 major companies in South-South, Nigeria from which a sample size of 40 head of personnel and their assistants were randomly selected. This represents 100% of the population. The instrument used was questionnaire tagged “University Participation in the Development of Middle Level Manpower Skills’ Questionnaire (UPDMLMSQ)”, developed by the researchers. The instrument was validated and the reliability index determined at 0.86 using test re-test method. Mean and standard deviation statistics were used to answer the research questions and z-test used in testing the hypotheses of no significant difference at 0.05 significant levels. The findings revealed among others that the skills needed by middle level manpower are not there due to poor collaboration with companies and higher institutions. The training given to the graduates by higher education institutions is not adequate to support their active involvement in the development of the companies. There is need for adequate training/development to improve the skills, innovation, creativity, resourcefulness, initiative and versatility/knowledge ability among graduates. Based on the findings, it was recommended that higher education institutions should adopt appropriate training modules that would improve the educational skills of graduates to become creative and resourceful workers.
@InProceedings{UKALA2013HIG,
author = {Ukala, C. and Madumere-Obike, C. and Nwabueze, A.},
title = {HIGHER INSTITUTION COLLABORATION WITH COMPANIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MIDDLE LEVEL MANPOWER SKILLS IN SOUTH-SOUTH, NIGERIA},
series = {6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2013 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-616-3847-5},
issn = {2340-1095},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {18-20 November, 2013},
year = {2013},
pages = {7007-7015}}
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SN - 978-84-616-3847-5/2340-1095
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C. Ukala, C. Madumere-Obike, A. Nwabueze (2013) HIGHER INSTITUTION COLLABORATION WITH COMPANIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MIDDLE LEVEL MANPOWER SKILLS IN SOUTH-SOUTH, NIGERIA, ICERI2013 Proceedings, pp. 7007-7015.
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