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The development and validation of the student's employability competences questionnaire (SECQ)

Rémi Scoupe (Department of Educational Research and Development, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands) (Département Pédagogique et Social, Haute Ecole de Namur-Liege-Luxembourg, Namur, Belgium)
Inge Römgens (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University College Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
Simon Beausaert (Department of Educational Research and Development, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 27 December 2022

Issue publication date: 3 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to measure the extent to which students possess the necessary competences of an employable graduate, the authors explored the development and validation of a questionnaire that measures employability competences of students in higher education through combining insights from higher education and workplace learning literature.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper aims to develop and validate the questionnaire a systematic literature review and factor analyses were conducted. The authors applied the questionnaire to two different groups of students. First, to undergraduate students in an applied sciences program in Belgium (N = 935). The dataset was randomly divided into two subsets to conduct an exploratory and a confirmatory factor analysis. Next, another confirmatory factor analysis was done to cross-validate the factor structure found. For this, the questionnaire was offered to a group of undergraduate and graduate students at a university in The Netherlands (N = 995).

Findings

The results support a model of employability based on combined insights from higher education and workplace learning literature. The model consists of the following seven factors: social competences, e-literacy, efficacy beliefs, flexibility, healthy work–life balance, lifelong learning and oral and written communication.

Originality/value

The questionnaire can be utilized to screen students' employability profiles and examine the relationship between teaching practices and students’ employability competences.

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Citation

Scoupe, R., Römgens, I. and Beausaert, S. (2023), "The development and validation of the student's employability competences questionnaire (SECQ)", Education + Training, Vol. 65 No. 1, pp. 88-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-12-2020-0379

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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