Top 7 Management Trainee Programmes for Graduates in Malaysia

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Unlike conventional jobs, management trainee programmes (also known as graduate trainee programmes) are typically well-structured and designed with functional rotations to mould and propel graduates into a management role within 12 to 36 months. These graduate programmes are perfect for highly ambitious individuals who are looking to have an accelerated career and gain a wide exposure in a particular business or industry.

In general, most of the top graduate trainee programmes will include a combination of on-the-job training (through mentorships and coaching) and formal training (classroom-styled workshops and e-Learning platforms), in order to equip the trainees with the necessary leadership and functional skills to accelerate their progression.

However, not all management trainee programmes are equally prestigious and provide unique opportunities. While there a lot of quality graduate programmes in Malaysia today, there are some that truly stand out in terms of the exposure and experience.

To save you the hassle, we have compiled and narrowed down the best management trainee programmes in 2019 offered by top Malaysian employers (in no particular order):

1. BAT Global Graduate Programme

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Employer: BAT Malaysia

Programme Duration: 12 months

Industry: FMCG

Office Location: Guoco Tower, Damansara City

Business Functions:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Supply Chain
  • Human Resources

Academic Requirements: Obtained minimum CGPA 3.2 or second class upper, or equivalent

If you have what it takes, no other organisation offers a graduate experience quite like BAT’s. Expect the experience to stretch and test you. Ultimately, the BAT Global Graduate Programme (GGP) will see you hit the ground running and propel you into a management role in just 12 months. It means developing your potential through world class training and connecting you with your peers and senior colleagues from across the globe.

Click here to learn more about the programme.

Related: From Graduate to Manager in 12 Months?


2. Global Maybank Apprentice Programme (GMAP)

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Image Credit: The Edge Markets

Employer: Maybank Group

Programme Duration: 24 months

Industry: Financial Services

Office Location: Menara Maybank, Jalan Tun Perak, KL

Business Functions & Programme Scope:

  • Risk Management
  • Core Banking
  • Product & Strategy Department
  • Core & Support Department
  • Branch & Business Centre

Academic Requirements: Obtained minimum CGPA 3.0, or equivalent

The Global Maybank Apprentice Programme (GMAP) is Maybank’s award-winning apex Programme for graduates, a specially designed two-year on-the-job rotation programme, which includes a 3-month international assignment to encourage cross-border exposure and network among young talents. The GMAP is designed to provide graduates with a strategic platform to jump-start their career. The program is not limited to only graduates from business disciplines but also attracts graduates from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

Click here to learn more about the programme.


3. The Complete Banker (TCB) Programme

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Employer: CIMB Group

Programme Duration: 24 months

Industry: ‎Financial Services

Office Location: Menara CIMB, KL Sentral

Business Functions:

  • Consumer Banking
  • Investment Banking

Academic Requirements: Obtained minimum CGPA 3.0 or second class upper, or equivalent

The Complete Banker™ (TCB) programme is a highly-sought after ASEAN management trainee programme that puts you in good stead to be a corporate leader of tomorrow. The TCB programme is a 2-year structured development programme to mold you into leaders of tomorrow. It is a great platform for young graduates to take charge of your own learning and growth, to reach your full potential.

Click here to learn more about the programme.

Related: The Bank of the Future? Here’s Why CIMB is a Great Place to Work


4. Axiata Graduate Programme (AGP) 

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Image Credit: Axiata Group

Employer: Axiata Group

Programme Duration: 24 months

Industry: ‎Telecommunications

Office Location: Menara Axiata, KL Sentral

Programme Rotations:

  • Celcom
  • Axiata Digital
  • Edotco
  • Xpand

Academic Requirements: Obtained minimum CGPA 3.3 or second class upper or equivalent

The Axiata Graduate Programme (AGP) is a 2-year programme that aims to develop young talented Malaysians into business leaaders of tomorrow through its on-the-job experiences, as well as its structured learning and development curriculum. Graduate trainees will be employed under Axiata Group Berhad and undergo four rotations across the group, each for six months. Rotations are customized to each graduate trainee based on the individual’s aspirations, strengths, and field or study.

Click here to learn more about career opportunities with Axiata.


5. Shell Graduate Programme

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Employer: Shell Malaysia

Programme Duration: 3 years (or more)

Industry: ‎ Oil and Gas

Office Location(s): Menara Shell, Kuala Lumpur and Wisma Shell, Cyberjaya

Business Functions:

  • Technical Areas – Asset maintenance engineering, HSSE, logistics, maritime, mining, process engineering, production engineering, project management, R&D, technical data management, and more
  • Corporate Areas – Communications, contracts & procurement, finance, HR, business technology, legal
  • Commercial Areas – Downstream commercial, upstream commercial, trading, supply chain & distribution

Academic Requirements: Obtained minimum CGPA 3.3 or second class upper or equivalent

The Shell Graduate Programme is a development framework that enables new graduates to become fully independent Shell professionals in 2 to 5 years. At Shell, new graduates have access to an unparalleled range of roles and world-class training and development opportunities, including leadership development, coaching and mentoring relationships, and learning curriculum (training, e-learning modules, accreditation).

Click here to learn more about the programme.


6. Unilever Future Leaders Programme

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Image Credit: Unilever Malaysia

Employer: Unilever Malaysia

Programme Duration: 3 years

Industry: ‎Consumer Goods

Office Location(s): Menara Telekom, Kuala Lumpur

Business Functions:

  • Customer Development
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain

Academic Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

The Future Leaders Programme is Unilever’s graduate training programme; designed to bring graduates into functions across the business, giving them the hands-on training, they need to progress their careers and become leaders in their respective fields. Rather than a fixed position, the Future Leaders Programme sees you join a particular function, moving through a variety of rotations within that function. The placement can also include an international assignment.

Click here to learn more about the programme.


7. DKSH Junior Executive Training (JET) Programme


Employer: DKSH Malaysia

Programme Duration: 12 months

Industry: ‎Market Expansion Services

Office Location: The Ascent @ Paradigm, Petaling Jaya

Business Functions:

  • Sourcing
  • Market Analysis and Research
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Distribution and Logistics
  • After-Sales Services

DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia. The Junior Executive Trainee (JET) program gives entry-level graduates an opportunity to launch their careers and experience 12 months of learning opportunities, rotations across divisional functions, challenging projects and interactions with the DKSH leadership team. Graduates will be offered permanent employment after the one-year period.

Click here to learn more exploring a career with DKSH Malaysia.

Related: Write Your Own Ticket and Build an International Career with the DKSH JET Program


Do you know of any other great management trainee programmes for graduates or young professionals in Malaysia? Please share with us in the comments below!

Feature Image Credit: Shell Graduate Programme Brochure


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