The Factors that Influence the Readiness of Final Year Social Work Students for Industrial Training

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume II, Issue XII, December 2018 | ISSN 2454–6186

The Factors that Influence the Readiness of Final Year Social Work Students for Industrial Training

Nadia Fatin1, R. Normala2, C. Azlini3, M.Y. Kamal4, Z.M. Lukman5

1,2,3,4,5Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

Abstract— Industrial Training is one of the compulsory course taken by final year social work students. This course is aimed for social work students to make thorough preparations before joining the real work environment. Using data obtained from online surveys, this study focused on factors influencing their readiness to undergo industrial training as well as the knowledge and skills needed. Data were obtained from 152 final year social work students subdivided into groups of 129 females and 23 males and the data was analyzed using descriptive data. The descriptive data were reported as frequency and percentage to show the student readiness. The results show that final year social work student is ready to undergo industrial training due to the most influential factors which is students received a great support from the lecturers. Therefore, it was recommended in this study that industrial training is necessary and compulsory as a requirement to fulfill the university’s curriculum.

Keywords— Social Work Student, Readiness, Industrial Training

I. INTRODUCTION

Industrial Training has been recognized as one of the important methods of preparing students for their future careers [1]. The time frame will be set by the university and students will be able to gain experience in a real work environment[25]. Through industrial training, students can enhance their personal knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values in line with the demands and changes that take place in the field of work[2].
According to [3], industrial training was introduced in the curriculum to educational institutions as one of the efforts to make an education program in training with more skills in Malaysia. Students have also been able to apply existing knowledge to be of additional value in the experience [4]. This means industrial training has been able to help produce the behavior and personality of the student while the student’s soft skills will improve throughout the course[26].

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