WORK-BASED SKILLS FOR ENHANCING SCHOOL-TO-WORK TRANSITION OF METALWORK TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES OF TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN KADUNA STATE
The study was designed to determine work-based skills for enhancing school-to-work transition of metal work technology graduates of technical colleges in Kaduna state. Five research questions and five null hypotheses were developed inline with the purpose of the study. The five null hypotheses were tested at the probability of 0.05 level of significance. 61 structured questionnaire items wee developed and used for the study, while 3 experts were engaged to face validate the instrument. The instrument was pilot tested on 8 respondents who are not part of the population for the study and the reliability coefficient of the entire instrument was 0.82. A Descriptive survey research design was used for the study, the respondents for the study were 100 made up of 27 metal work technology teachers and 73 metal work technology industrial supervisors. The major findings of the study include among others that involving students in work-based skills experience in the field of metal work technology especially in the area of fabrication welding skills, machine work skills, foundry technology skills, forge work skills and metal work technology finishing skills should be encouraged in metal work technology Departments of technical colleges by involving students on workplace experiences, organized workshops, field trips and students industrial work experience scheme (SIWES).