Employability skills constructs as job performance predictors for Malaysian polytechnic graduates: A qualitative study

Normala Rahmat, Abdul Rahman Ayub, Yahya Buntat


The acquisition of employability skills that match and fit the employers’ requirement would enhance employees’
job performance. This study explored and factorized the constructs and dimensions of employability skills which
can predict the job performance of Malaysian electric and electronic polytechnic graduates in the electrical and
electronics industry. A qualitative approach was used in the development of the research Employability Skills Work
Performance Prediction (ESWPP) constructs and dimensions starting from relevant document analysis and expert
interviews. The ESWPP constructs and dimensions were then validated by content experts from academic
institutions. Finally, the findings were analyzed using the Fleiss Kappa reliability analysis to determine the overall
approval index for each of the ESWPP constructs and dimensions. Results of the analysis revealed an overall Kappa
coefficient value of 0.989 which indicated a very good level of agreement . The ESWPP constructs and dimensions
which were found to be job performance predictors were communication skills, personal qualities, teamwork skills,
critical thinking and problem solving skills, technology skills, organizational skills, and continuously learning skills.

Keywords: Electric and Electronic Polytechnic graduates, employability skills, ESWPP constructs, Fleiss Kappa
Reliability, job roles, qualitative approach

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