SUNConferences, Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineering 2013

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An Investigation of Industry Expectations on Industrial Engineering Graduates: A Case Study of Graduate Development Programmes in South African Universities
Willy K. Ngetich, C M Moll, Cornelius SL Schutte

Last modified: 2013-07-05


Post apartheid South Africa experienced major economic turbulence with poverty, unemployment and skills shortage, with most manufacturing and other key economic sectors affected by poor productivity and a subsequent downsizing of their labour work force. The government and business communities at large realised the necessity for skills augmentation in order to expedite economic development and alleviate the scarcity of employment opportunities and growth across the major economic sectors. There is a perceived lack of alignment between industry and institutions alike, sometimes resulting in a perception that graduating industrial engineers do not entirely match industry expectations. This perceived lack of alignment between end user requirements and the service provided falls within the ambit of the field of quality management.The research explores the pertinent roles and responsibilities expected of industrial engineers and industrial engineering technologists on entry into the working environment, as compared to the current level of training offered by various institutional bodies as expressed by the South African qualifications authority (SAQA) and the national qualifications framework (NQF). 

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