Improving the Employability of Built Environment Graduates in South Africa
University of Johannesburg,
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment,
Department of Civil Engineering Science,
APK Campus,
2028
October 2019.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Dear Sir/Ma,

LETTER OF INVITATION FOR RESEARCH SURVEY

The Civil Engineering Department at the University of Johannesburg is conducting a research on the improvement of employability skills for built environment graduates in South Africa. We kindly request that you complete the following short questionnaire. It should take not more than 15 to 20 minutes of your time. Your full completion and submission will be very much appreciated.

To protect your anonymity, please do not enter your name or contact details on the questionnaire. A summary of this study’s results will be available at the Department of Civil Engineering Science around August 2020.

The research is under the supervision of Professor C.O. Aigbavboa. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me telephonically at +27638837406, or by email: 201503735@student.uj.ac.za

Thank you for your participation.

Aliu John
Section A - Background Information
This section of the questionnaire is about your background or biographical information. Although we are aware of the sensitivity of the questions in this section, the information will allow us to compare groups of respondents. Once again, we assure you that your response will remain anonymous. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Indicate your highest level of education. *
What is your original professional qualification? *
How many years of experience do you have? *
Which organisation do you belong to? *
Which type of institution does your organisation belong to? *
Section B: Employability skills needed for Built Environment Graduates to succeed in the South African construction industry
Employability skills refers to a collection of skills, competencies and understanding that provides a competitive advantage for graduates seeking employment after graduation.
GENERIC SKILLS - Based on your knowledge or experience, how important is each skill for improved graduate employability? *
Not Important
Low Importance
Moderate Importance
Important
Very Important
Communication skills
Critical thinking skills
Teamwork skills
Interpersonal skills
Leadership skills
Adaptability skills
Creativity and Innovative skills
Willingness to learn
Organising skills
Management skills
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills
Decision making skills
Analytical skills
Problem-solving skills
Entrepreneurship skills
Networking skills
DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC SKILLS - Based on your knowledge or experience, how important is each discipline-specific skill or knowledge for improved graduate employability? *
Not Important
Low Importance
Moderate Importance
Important
Very Important
Knowledge of specific subject area
Knowledge of overall curricula
Realizing strength and weaknesses
Technical skills
Coordinating skills
Administrative skills
Lifelong learning
Digital Literacy
Developing relationships with peers
Self-confidence
Exposure to other disciplines
Hands-on experience
WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING - How important is each skill or knowledge obtained during work experience important for improved graduate employability? *
Not Important
Low Importance
Moderate Importance
Important
Very Important
Developed practical knowledge
Understanding of job responsibilities
Positive work attitude
Developed interpersonal values
Knowledge on résumé design
Awareness of work place culture
Understanding of professional ethics
Developing professional identity
Knowledge of ongoing issues
Knowledge of safety-procedures
Exposure to multi-disciplinary teams
Knowledge of engineering designs
Knowledge of quality control measures
Site-supervision knowledge
Financial management skill
Networking with other interns on-site
Exposure to career opportunities
Enhanced learning
Acquisition of professional skills
Technical report writing
Mentorship opportunities
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - How important is each factor for improved graduate employability? *
Not Important
Low Importance
Moderate Importance
Important
Very Important
Perceive and accurately express emotions
Understand and manage emotions of others
Stability when making critical decisions
Ability to motivate one’s self
Communicate with stable emotions
Ability to show compassion to others
Stable emotional reasoning
Ability to display a positive outlook to life
Flexibility in solving problems
Building healthy relationships with people
Conflict management skills
Ability to manage stress
Ability to adapt to new ideas and surroundings
Ability to display resilience in hard times
UNIVERSITY AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY COLLABORATION - How important is each factor for improved graduate employability? *
Not Important
Low Importance
Moderate Importance
Important
Very Important
Scholarship opportunities for students
Job opportunities for graduates
Research grants from industry
Inclusion of open-day events
Field trips to industry
Industry mentoring for students
In-service training
Inviting guest speakers from industry
Networking activities with industry professionals
Entrepreneurial culture in universities
Publication opportunities with industry
Construction project exercises in classrooms
Patenting opportunities
Training program opportunities for students
Student’s exposure to innovative ideas
Involve students in construction projects
INDUSTRY 4.0 KNOWLEDGE - How important is each skill or knowledge for improved graduate employability? *
Not Important
Low Importance
Moderate Importance
Important
Very Important
Knowledge of the use of drones
Internet of Things (Use of internet)
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Robotics knowledge
Internet of Services (ability to use software)
Modelling Based tools (e.g. multivariate regression)
Advanced data analytics (knowledge of statistics and programming)
Virtual reality (sophisticated headsets, LCD displays, etc)
Augmented reality (use of smart phones, video games, etc)
Mixed reality (understanding holograms, 3D modelling, etc).
Knowledge of Cyber security
Knowledge of Artificial Intelligence
Knowledge of Cryptocurrency Blockchain/Bitcoin
Engineering design (Computer Aided Design)
Electronics Technology (ability to apply basic electronic principles)
Self-service use of E-library