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25 February 2017

CIMB Talent Trail Rewards Students’ Employability and English Skills

RM25,000 cash up for grabs in third edition of challenge 

Kuala Lumpur: The CIMB Talent Trail 2017, a collaboration between CIMB Group (“CIMB”) and Talent Corporation Malaysia (“TalentCorp”), today rewarded 28 winning teams with cash prizes totaling RM25,000. Now into its third edition, the high-energy challenge requires active team participation from university students with the objective of helping them apply and hone skills valued by today’s employers.

Out of the 313 teams that registered, only 60 successful finalist teams from 29 universities nationwide made it to the Grand Finale, which required students to ply the competition route across Kuala Lumpur either on foot or by public transport. Apart from English language, interpersonal and communication skills, the tasks also requires teamwork and adaptability in facing challenges, all within a stipulated time frame. Participants were provided a pre-loaded Touch ‘n Go card as an aid for public transportation.

Team C-E-O-S from Sunway University triumphed over 59 other teams of “talent trailblazers” to take home the top prize of RM5,000 cash. Meanwhile, Team AD Victoriam from Advance Tertiary College took the second prize amounting to RM3,000 cash while third place was occupied by Team Millennium X from Tunku Abdul Rahman College who won RM2,000 cash.

The CIMB Talent Trail also requires registrants to answer questions on CIMB Group, TalentCorp and CIMB Fusion partners. CIMB Fusion is a unique graduate management programme for fresh graduates to gain exposure from both CIMB and an employer from a different industry. At the end of the programme, the graduate gets to choose who they want to work for. The CIMB Fusion partners showcased in the CIMB Talent Trail 2017 were PwC, Accenture, Teach For Malaysia, ZICOlaw, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin, Chief People Office, CIMB Group said, “CIMB is passionate about talent development and the CIMB Talent Trail is one of our many activities that helps educate and prepare Malaysian students to enhance their employability. In today’s global and connected environment, a good command of English and proficiency in social media and digital channels will provide an edge and open up more career opportunities for job seekers. We would also like to thank TalentCorp for their assistance in extending our reach to university students nationwide.”

This year’s challenge, for example, tested participants’ skills in digital and social media platforms to assess participants’ technological savviness. Each finalist team had to submit a two-minute YouTube video that best encapsulates key learning from the CIMB Talent Trail 2017 in their quest to garner additional Challenge points.

Shareen Shariza Abdul Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TalentCorp said, “The CIMB Talent Trail is an innovative programme that helps our young talents to enhance their employability  and improve their transition into the workforce. We are pleased to collaborate with CIMB on this initiative, which serves as a great platform for our young Malaysians to test their skills through a series of exciting outdoor challenges.”

One of the activities this year also incorporated giving back to society. Students were tasked to sell cookies to the public, which requires negotiation and persuasion skills. All proceeds would go to Simply Cookies, a social enterprise that provides – through their child-friendly facilities - baking skills to single parents and their children. 

More information about the CIMB Talent Trail 2017 can be found on www.cimbtalenttrail.my

The CIMB Talent Trail 2017 being flagged off by Dato' Hamidah Naziadin, Group Chief People Officer, CIMB Group.

First Prize Winner Team C-E-O-S from Sunway University (front row center), Second Prize Winner (Team AD Victoriam from Advance Tertiary College) and Third Prize Winner (Team Millennium X from Tunku Abdul Rahman College) celebrating their victory accompanied by (back row, left to right) Sarguna Seelan and Sue Seau Yeen (Founders of Simply Cookies); Elia Talib, Managing Director, Graduan; Nor Sherriza Nor Rashidi, Senior Manager, Human Resources, PwC; Dr Arham Abdullah, Director of Industry Linkages Division, Ministry of Higher Education; Shareen Shariza Dato' Abdul Ghani, Chief Executive Officer, TalentCorp Malaysia; Dato' Hamidah Naziadin, Group Chief People Officer, CIMB Group; Gerard David, South East Asia Lead, Labor Relations, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Thoo Siew Mei, Country HR Lead, Accenture; Yong Hon Cheong, Partner, ZICOlaw; Robert Lim, Head, Regional Employer Branding and Engagement, CIMB Group and Mariani Mohd Nasir, Director, Group Human Resources, CIMB Group. 

Other highlights from the CIMB Talent Trail 2017: