INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION IN DEVELOPING COMPETENCIES FOR EMPLOYMENT SUCCESS: LEARNINGS FROM A 3-YEAR OJT PROGRAM OF A PHILIPPINE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION
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CASTRO, EDGAR ALLAN G.
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Objectives of the research are to establish the competencies that influence graduates’ employment success in the labor market and clarify the roles academe and industry respectively play in preparing students for employment. Frame of reference for the paper is based on the constructs of goal rationalities for evaluating the learning potential of the workplace using the concept of preparatory analysis. Panel data from a Philippine HEI’s practicum program covering three academic years, (AY) 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 was used with the latter competency evaluation results used as major data for analysis (n=137 from 72 firms participating in the practicum program). Twenty four competencies were classified as soft skills and 28 as hard skills. The set of competencies critical for employment recommendation has 31 competencies all significant at .01 level of significance provided by OJT hosts from minimal to highly extensive with 16 competencies classified as hard skills and 15 competencies as soft skills. Set of competencies critical for skills fit for managerial trainee has 17 with 7 competencies significant at .05 level provided by the OJT hosts from extensive to highly extensive with only 5 competencies classified as hard skills and 12 competencies as soft skills. In general, competencies provided by the industry for student practice vary from minimal to highly extensive. Hard skills or skills in the technical and administrative categories were provided less with 82% than the soft skills provided highly extensively with 98% of the student trainees given opportunity to practice the competencies.