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Published: Tuesday April 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:01:32 AM

Kraft Foods Malaysia engages students in mission to grow talent pool

AS PART of its talent development strategy, Kraft Foods Malaysia, which is home to iconic brands Oreo, Cadbury, Tiger, Jacob’s, Chipsmore and Twisties, recently introduced its upgraded recruitment and development initiative called the iTaste Graduate Trainee Programme. The programme is aimed at developing future leaders and growing the organisation’s talent pipeline.

The iTaste Graduate Trainee Programme gives future and potential employees the chance to taste the delicious side of the business and explore the opportunities for them to excel in every field upon acceptance into the programme. The individually-tailored 12-month programme is designed to develop and nurture highly talented graduates through experiential learning and to provide exposure to the company’s business functions and operations.

The programme equips the graduates with the opportunity to work closely with the Kraft business leadership team with them being rotated to relevant departments in order to provide depth and breadth of exposure across the business.

Human resource director for Kraft Foods Malaysia Grace Munsayac said, “We provide the opportunity to hone leadership skills and business acumen by giving our potential leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skill sets amongst prominent management leaders within our company. Our programme provides further opportunities for new talents looking to step foot into the exciting and fast-paced FMCG industry.

“The primary focus is to recruit local talents to meet business needs and create career pathways for them should they wish to participate in the programme.”

“The best source for learning is through first-hand experience, and the iTaste Graduate Trainee Programme lets them participate in a business challenge that will involve the company’s top brands and our consumers. There are plenty of college students graduating from universities and when they look for jobs, employers are looking for leaders with sharp business acumen. That’s what we do — train graduates for bigger roles in the future.”

The programme aims to develop graduates who are versatile, broad-minded and possess eagerness to be full of energy and passion. Apart from the annual iTaste programme, Kraft Foods Malaysia also recently organised a “Campus to Corporate” event at its headquarters where undergraduates from local universities were invited to engage with past graduate trainees who have successfully grown their careers in the company.

Kraft Foods Malaysia’s director of operations Chris Bowyer said, “Joining Kraft Foods Malaysia means that you are part of a global family of over 100,000 employees who work on products that people love to eat, and marketed in more 165 countries worldwide. Your opportunity to work with an international company awaits you”. Chris Bowyer who started his career as Graduate Trainee in Kraft Foods Australia has worked and lived in Melbourne, Suzhou, Beijing and Singapore.

He shared his first-hand experience and inspiring journey from a Graduate Trainee to a Director at the iTaste programme.

Yap May Ling, an accounting major from HELP University said, “This is my first Campus to Corporate event. Before this, I was very curious to see how a business is operated and now that we’ve gotten some exposure, this has broadened my horizons. I also had the greatest chance to interact and learn from these experienced leaders from one of the industry giants in the food industry. It gives us a hint as to what we can expect after graduation.”

Business Administration major from Taylors University, Ganesh T. Nathan added that, “I find the Campus to Corporate event very beneficial as I get to meet with past Graduate Trainees and learnt from their experiences. Listening to Bowyer’s journey from graduate trainee to director truly inspired me.”

For more information on the iTaste Graduate Trainee Programme, go to the website www.itastekraftfoods.com/malay.

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