Top 10 Management Trainee Programmes in Malaysia for 2021

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Unlike conventional jobs, management trainee programmes are meant to identify and prepare top quality talents through a well-structured rotations that is designed to mould and propel graduates into a management role within 2-3 years. Moreover, this special training and mentorship programme is typically designed for highly ambitious individuals who are looking to accelerate their career and broaden then exposure in their respective industry.

Regardless, with the on-the-job training and formal training, not all management trainee programmes are as prestigious and provide unique opportunities to the graduates. Although there are a number of quality graduate programmes in Malaysia that focuses on training leadership and functional skills, there are some that truly stand out more than others in term of exposure and experience.

To save you the hassle, we have compiled and narrowed down the top management trainee programmes in 2021 that is 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:

  • Graduated within the last 3 years
  • Excellent academic track record with a minimum second-upper and/or CGPA 3.2 and above

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:

  • ANY bachelor’s degree
  • Less than 2 years of working experience
  • Final year students are encouraged to apply

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. Nonetheless, 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. In addition, the TCB programme is a 2-year structured development programme to mold you into leaders of tomorrow. Furthermore, t 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: 18 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. Furthermore, graduate trainees will be employed under Axiata Group Berhad and undergo four rotations across the group, each for six months. Additionally, 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: 2 to 5 years

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 3.00 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
  • Research & Development
  • Information Technology

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. UOB Management Associate Programme

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Employer: UOB

Programme Duration: 18 months

Industry: ‎Financial Services

Office Location: Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Business Functions:

  • Consumer Banking
  • Investment Banking

Academic Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognised university
  • A GPA of 3.0 or equivalent and above
  • No more than two years of work experience

UOB is now a leading bank in Asia with major banking subsidiaries in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and China. Moreover, the UOB Management Associate Programme is designed to nurture the next generation of leaders across the region. To become a UOB Management Associate, you will be someone with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong sense of ethics. In addition, this programme will have you undergo an accelerated induction experience to fast-track your career in the banking industry.

Click here to learn more about the programme.


8. Great Eastern Management Associate Programme

Employer: Great Eastern

Programme Duration: 24 months

Industry: ‎Life Insurance

Office Location: Jalan Tropicana Selatan, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya

Business Functions:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Actuarial / Finance
  • Operations / IT / HR
  • Business Functions

Academic Requirements:

  • A fresh graduate with less than 1 year of working experience, and aged 25 years young or younger
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree holder in any discipline
  • An academic superstar (minimum CGPA 3.5 or Upper Second-Class Honours)

Find the Great in your career through Great Eastern’s Management Associate Programme and experience first-hand the inner workings of the financial and insurance sector. Each Management Associate will be exposed to at least 4 departments including Corporate Governance, Actuarial/Finance, Operations/IT/HR and Business Functions. Furthermore, through these multiple job rotations, you will be coached and mentored by the leaders of Great Eastern, and supported by their dedicated Human Capital team.

Click here to explore a career with Great Eastern.


9. Nestlé Management Trainee Programme

Employer: Nestlé

Programme Duration: 2 years

Industry: Food & Beverage

Office Location: Menara Surian, Mutiara Damansara

Business Functions:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • QA & Packaging
  • Production
  • Engineering
  • Supply Chain
  • Procurement

Academic Requirements: Bachelor’s degree holder with a minimum CGPA of 3.2 or its equivalent.

Founded in 1866, Nestlé is the world’s largest food & beverage company. The Nestlé Management Trainee Programme is geared towards developing high potential individuals as future leaders in various aspects of the business. This programme provides Management Trainees with real immersive learning experience to equip you with a holistic view of the business, as well as the interrelationships between different functions across the value chain.

Click here to learn more about the programme.


10. Colgate Management Trainee Program (MTP)

Employer: Colgate-Palmolive

Programme Duration: 18-24 months

Industry: Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition

Office Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Business Functions:

  • Customer Development (Sales)
  • Marketing

Academic Requirements:

  • Degree holder with minimum CGPA 3.2 or equivalent
  • Fresh graduate or those with 1 year of working experience

Established in 1806 in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries under internationally recognized brand names such as Colgate, Palmolive, Protex and many more. Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that has launched their Colgate Management Trainee Programme (MTP), which is designed for high potential young graduates. Moreover, this programme will provide you first-hand experiences and broad exposure to their global organization by equipping you with leadership skills for you to chart your way to an exciting career path.

Click here to explore a career with Colgate-Palmolive.


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!


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