ENHANCING EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS AMONG UNDERGRADUATES OF HOME ECONOMICS EDUCATION IN EDO STATE: IMPLICATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Keywords:Skills, Technology, Communication, Creativity, Employability
This study focussed on enhancing employability skills among undergraduates of Home Economics Education in Edo State. The specific purpose of the study was to determine; ways of enhancing the creativity, communication and technology skills. It adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population of the study was made up 24 lecturers of Home Economics Education from the 3 tertiary institutions in Edo State and 32 graduates who are currently working in government establishments in Edo State of Nigeria. Three research questions and corresponding hypotheses guided the study. Aself-structured questionnaire was used to gather data for the study. The mean and standard deviation were employed to answer the research question while the t-test was applied to test the hypotheses at .05 level of significance. Findings revealed 14 ways of enhancing communication skills, 12 ways of enhancing technology skill and 11 ways for enhancing creative skill among Home Economics undergraduates in tertiary institutions in Edo State. Therefore one of the recommendations proffered by the study was that, all stake holders responsible for training and teaching Home Economics Education students must improve on their methods of impacting knowledge by incorporating these employability skills for teaching and to ensure graduates are equipped for employment.