Social skills and social values training for future k-workers

Rahim M. Sail, Khadijah Alavi

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Purpose: The main purpose of this paper is to determine the extent of acquisition of knowledge on social skills and social values by trainers of institutes and coaches of industries in training of trainers (ToT) programmes. It has been ascertained that social skills and social values can and must be taught to apprentices to enhance their employability skills as well as to remove any barriers for upward mobility in their careers. Design/methodology/approach: A four-day ToT-cum-workshop was organized using "hands-on" experiential outdoor learning activities with lots of interactions, discussions and reflections between participants and participants, and between participants and facilitators. A retrospective post- then-pre-evaluation design was employed to determine the amount of knowledge acquired by the participants using a four point Likert-type statements. Using the Handbook of Social Skills and Social Values as a guide, eight core social skills and eight core social values that were relevant to NDTS were identified, emphasized and evaluated in the training programme. Findings: The overall findings indicate that there was about +20 per cent increase in knowledge among the participants on social skills and social values after the training programme. These findings indicate that social skills and social values can be taught when participants show increases in knowledge on all the social skills and social values studied. Practical implications: Trainers of institutes and coaches of industries can integrate social skills and social values in their technical curriculum to provide apprentices with the foundation of human and social competence required to be an effective workforce to face future challenges and global competition. Originality/value: This paper provides evidence that social skills and social values can be taught through appropriate teaching/learning techniques as well as providing the right learning environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-258
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of European Industrial Training
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Career development
  • Employees
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Malaysia
  • Training

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Social skills and social values training for future k-workers. / Sail, Rahim M.; Alavi, Khadijah.

In: Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 34, No. 3, 2010, p. 226-258.

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