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Do employability skills for business graduates meet the employers’ expectations? The case of retail Islamic banks of Bahrain

Noor Al-Shehab (College of Business and Finance, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain)
Mukhtar AL-Hashimi (College of Business and Finance, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain)
Araby Madbouly (Muscat College, Muscat, Oman)
Sameh Reyad (College of Business and Finance, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain)
Allam Hamdan (College of Business and Finance, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 18 August 2020

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Managers claim that fresh graduates are unequipped to meet market demands. The aim of this study is to investigate the perception of employers in retail Islamic banks of Bahrain on newly graduated business students. The Singaporean Model of Employability Skills was implemented, to ascertain the mean ratings of employability skills in terms of their importance and the competency of business graduates.

Design/methodology/approach

This deductive research approach initiated with a literature review that identifies research gap and a model that was tested via a self-administration adopted survey by collected data from 220 senior employees at retail Islamic banks of Bahrain

Findings

The systematic of convenience sampling technique was used in selecting 161 samples and the researcher received only 85 completed questionnaire forms. Findings initiate that employers appreciated the importance of teamwork, risk management and decision-making skills. Their main recommendation was that employers should establish a durable bond with universities to enhance employability skills.

Originality/value

Because the researcher gathered all data from employers of different Islamic banks in Bahrain, this sector in addition will get the advantage of the results that banks will formulate their strategic plans accordingly to tackle the business graduates’ weaknesses. Likewise, universities and researchers might be motivated to look into new innovative methods that assist graduates to accommodate with market conditions.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to dedicate this work to Professor Abdulla Al Hawaj the Founding President of Ahlia University and the President Professor Mansoor Alaali for the unconditioned and continuous support of academic research.

Citation

Al-Shehab, N., AL-Hashimi, M., Madbouly, A., Reyad, S. and Hamdan, A. (2021), "Do employability skills for business graduates meet the employers’ expectations? The case of retail Islamic banks of Bahrain", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 349-366. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-09-2019-0117

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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