FURAP – TRC Research Proposal

Business Studies Department

 

Project Title: A STUDY ON EMPLOYER’S EXPECTATIONS AND SKILLS GAPS AMONG GRADUATES OF COLLEGES OF TECHNOLOGY

Students Names:

1) ABEER ABDULKARIM AMITAN AL BALUSHI 51S12131

2) AFRAH RASHID SAID AL-GHADANI 56J127

3) AMAL KHALID HAMOOD AL-SALEHI 51J12160

 

Academic Supervisor:

Ms. Shagufta M Farooq

Lecturer- Accounting Section

Department of Business Studies

Al Musanna College of Technology

Sultanate of Oman

 

Project Title: A STUDY ON EMPLOYER’S EXPECTATIONS AND SKILLS GAPS AMONG GRADUATES OF COLLEGES OF TECHNOLOGY

 

ABSTRACT

Over the past 45 years since HM Sultan Qaboos took over reign of the country , there has been a huge investment in education {(4.3% of GDP in 2009)}, which is now widespread, and total youth (15-24 age group) literacy rates have reached almost 100 percent.

In spite of this achievement, the traditional system of education fails to meet the needs of a modern economy and to adequately prepare young men and women for work.

Bridging the gap between education and employability has always been an issue across the world and the scene is no different in the Sultanate. The Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 released by the World Economic Forum identifies inadequately educated workforce as the second most problematic factor for doing business in Oman. A survey done across the GCC by professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY) last year revealed that only 29 per cent of employers believed that the education system meets the needs of their businesses.

 

Omani Corporates and Businesses houses find it hard to fill jobs with suitably skilled nationals while thousands of young men and women remain unemployed or underemployed and their potential barely used. The latest youth unemployment rates in Oman are around 15% in 2011. Around 50,000 new jobs seekers enter the Omani labour market each year.

 

The Ministry of Manpower started the colleges of technologies to play the role of powerhouses for economic growth, research, and innovation. The main purpose of these colleges was to provide a suitably qualified and skilled workforce for the Omani Industry.

But the Industry and Employers say more has to be done to develop students’ wider skills and attributes, including team-working, communication, leadership, critical thinking and problem solving.