Matching ICT Skills and Competency for Industry Employability: Basis for Curriculum Enhancement
Arvin V. Duhaylungsod
Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University
R.T. Lim Blvd., Baliwasan, Zamboanga City, Philippines
The study evaluated the level of ICT skills and competencies needed by the industries from BS Information Technology graduates intended for curriculum enhancement in Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University. Academic and the Industry Sector assessed the needed competencies for an entry-level position in IT Department. More so, the study employed a descriptive-quantitative method and utilized weighted mean and T-test as statistical tools for analysis of data. Results revealed that both Industry and Academic sectors rated extremely required Technical Support Specialist, System Administrator, Web and Applications Developer, Network Engineer and Computer Programmer in the entry-level position in the IT Department. An expert level is necessary in terms of the competency in Managing Database System, Networking, and Programming both for Web and Computer as well as system design, analysis, administration, and maintenance. State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the different industry sectors in the Zamboanga Peninsula have the same requirements in hiring BSIT graduates for entry-level positions that have acquired ICT skills as experts in their professional and common courses.
Keywords: Information Technology, Curriculum, ICT Descriptive-Quantitative Analysis, Philippines