The technology company and automotive supplier Continental on Wednesday announced it C.Drive programme, a training programme for fresh Malaysian graduates. It is an investment in human resources and technology. The programme is expected to bridge the gap between academia and automotive industry expectations for fresh graduates and is a good opportunity for the local engineers to be developed and gain knowledge.

Bogdan Simonia, Director and Head of Research and Development for Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn Bhd told reporters that Continental aims to build highly competent engineers in the automotive domain.

“The future is in software development and with the C.Drive Programme. The programme will also create a sustainable hiring avenue that always offers a pool of Engineers in the making,” he added.

The C.Drive Programme is designed to engage fresh engineers and equip them with all necessary skills for Automotive Software Development. The programme includes interactive class room sessions, a self-study period as well as time bound team assignments. During these activities, they will have the opportunity to work with experts in the actual working environment and experience real projects, which will further develop their expertise.

The program offers both technical and soft skills, thus emphasising not only on engineering topics but also on personal interaction skills that are crucial for having successful careers. The six-month programme will be available on a yearly basis with the first batch beginning sometime in July this year. Application period closes by the end of June.

Simonia said a background in engineering is not compulsory but definitely a great advantage for applicants. "What's important is their willingness to learn," he said, adding that Continental has yet to partner up with any universities.

Under this programme, trainees are entitled to a monthly allowance of RM2 800, contribution to EPF, SOCSO and EIS, and various insurance packages. They are also entitled to RM100 of dental or optical treatments as well as annual and compassionate leaves.

Awards will be given to outstanding trainees namely the Best Project Award, Excellence Award and the C.Drive champions will secure a permanent position with Continental Automotive Components Malaysia. This programme will be held in Penang.