Published on May 24th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Auto Industry experts help enhance opportunities for unemployed graduates
Frustrated at not finding a job? Ever wanted to apply for that dream job with a car brand . There is good news for you even if you do not have the knowledge, experience or confidence to venture outside your field of study.
A closely knit group of experts will be volunteering a total 6 man-days of their time and experience to help enhance employment opportunities of selected graduates who wish to join the Malaysian motor industry.
Additionally, they hope to help match job opportunities in retail operations, CRM, Marketing and Sales Career, Parts & Service and Finance.
“It’s startling to read that 25% of the 200, 000 yearly graduates are still unemployed after 6 months. On the flip side, the industry craves for quality talent; particularly for graduates with some basic knowledge of the motor industry or work experience to join their team. Unfortunately many companies have trimmed their Executive/Management Trainee development programs in today’s soft economic conditions and instead prefer to poach executives from competitors” shared Devindran Ramanathan who initiated this programme and the founder of ACS AsiaPac, an automotive training and consulting company.
“We have a great network of industrial luminaries who have agreed to step forward and to lend their time and expertise to champion this program. We will help selected participants identify their unique strength and explore hidden talents to embark on a career in the industry” added Devindran.
Experts and representatives from OEM partner organizations and automotive stakeholders Datuk Aishah, President Malaysian Automotive President (MAA); Tony Savarimuthu CEO of brand consultancy agency Merdeka LHS; Wong Mei Inn, Country head of eBay Malaysia; and Datuk Thavalingam, Employment Law expert; are some of guest trainers and facilitators who will be contributing their time to this programme.
The program is planned to run over 3 alternate weekends a month (both Saturday & Sunday 9am – 4pm) over 2 months in August and September.
“Our focus is for this group to be aware of the career opportunities which lie in the retail motor industry and the skills which employers demand. We aim to improve the graduate’s employability in the automotive, transport, equipment sectors If they have that entrepreneurial spirit within them, we hope this program will inspire them to achieve their dream should they even want to start their own business ”, Devindran went on to emphasize.
The inaugural program size is limited to 25 participants and the program’s goal is that at least 50% of them will find suitable employment in the motor industry within 3 months of completion.
The team will also help secure relevant work experience in some of the prospective organizations who have indicated a desire to participate.
“Too many graduates completely underestimate the effort and complexity required to arrive at a job they love or a career which really truly matters to them. The program is designed to close these gaps” said Charles Lim, an associate consultant of ACS AsiaPac and a subject matter expert on inventory management.
Interested participants are encouraged to download program brochure and registration form, from our website www.acsasiapac.com – Unemployed Graduate Trainee Program. This inaugural program is limited to 25 selected applicants before the registration closing date of June 17th 2016.
Program venue will be in the Klang Valley and a minimal helloistrative fee of RM200 is levied on each participant to cover rental of premises including meals and beverages throughout the program.