MARKET STUDY OF ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME AT KUANTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Keywords:Certificate in Architecture Technology, employability, graduates
The Sijil Teknologi Senibina (STS) programme at Kuantan Community College has been offered since 2001 and serves as an alternative for SPM or SPMV graduates to pursue higher studies in the field of TVET. The Community College emphasizes practical learning over theory. This study aims to obtain industries perceptions of the STS Programme's job marketability at Kuantan Community College and identify the employability rate of its graduates. The study involves 15 industries from the architecture field and utilizes data analysis from the Kuantan Community College Graduate Tracking Study Report from 2016 to 2020. The results indicate that 69.2% of industries agree that this programme fully meets the fundamental requirements of theory and practical aspects in the field of architecture. More than half of the industries offer positions such as architectural draugtmens or architectural technicians, with the majority providing salaries range from RM 1,001 to RM 1,500 per month. Additionally, 93.3% of employers believe that this program produces graduates sought after by the industries. As the alumni survey results, the employability of graduates from this programme has increased from 2016 to 2020, with 96.6% of Sijil Pelukis Pelan Senibina (SPS) graduates (2016-2018) securing jobs in 2018. By the year 2020, 100% of Sijil Teknologi Senibina (STS) graduates were employed. Most of the graduates work in the architecture field and demonstrate an increasing income over the years. In conclusion, the STS Programme at Kuantan Community College has high demand from the industry. The program provides various job opportunities in architecture, construction, building design, and furniture design. Further recognition and improvement in the quality of this program will ensure its relevance to the national architecture market.