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Work-readiness skills in the Fasset Sector

Melandi Raftopoulos, Sanet Coetzee, Deléne Visser

SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 7, No 1 (2009), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/sajhrm.v7i1.196

Submitted: 20 February 2009
Published:  04 September 2009


The objective of the study was to determine the work -readiness skills that are regarded as important by employers and graduates in the Fasset Sector of South Africa. A cross-sectional survey design was  used  to  achieve  this  objective.  Two  convenience  samples, namely  24  employers  and  333 graduates, completed  the Work Readiness Skills Scale. This scale was validated as a one-factor model with  an  alpha  coeffcient of  0.88. Oral  and written  communication,  self-discipline,  time management, interpersonal skills and teamwork, problem-solving skills and positive work ethic were rated as important skills for securing employment in this sector by employers and graduates alike. In addition, employers valued numeracy skills and motivation, whereas graduates regarded confidence and  leadership skills as  important. The results have implications for the curriculum design of the Fasset Work Readiness Programme presented to graduates in this industry.

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Melandi Raftopoulos, University of South Africa, South Africa
Sanet Coetzee, University of South Africa, South Africa
Deléne Visser, University of South Africa, South Africa


employability skills; graduates; transferable skills; generic skills; career skills


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