01 April 2015 #Clarkslegal
Our Malaysian delegates have now completed the second week of their UK placements. Last week they spent time with Reading Buses, Eurofoods Group, Hodge Bakshi Accountants, and Eden Motors Group. We are confident that they have gained a wealth of new skills and knowledge on strategic and commercial development from their experiences.
Mr Abdullah spent his first week at Clarkslegal offices in Reading and London. He was fortunate enough to have spent time with Peter, our finance director, and with the rest of our finance and accounts department, learning about how the business is run from a financial aspect. Senior management also invited him to observe partners meetings, along with marketing and business meetings, to observe how the organisation works together to maintain communication between departments.
Mr Abdullah then moved on to Eden Motor Group for his second week, where he observed various meetings from senior management and operational to technology and website meetings.
Mr Asri Husain was delighted to be offered a placement by Hodge Bakshi accountants in Cardiff. He has been learning about the commercial landscape in the UK in contrast to Malaysia, and the importance of a finance and accountancy team within a commercial organisation. Mr Husain has also been observing how the organisation keeps up with competition and technological advances including the use of cloud based solutions.
Professor Ekhwan Toriman is currently on placement with Reading Buses, who have provided a very detailed programme for him. They very kindly arranged a tour of local newspaper organisations where he learned about managing media and communications in a fast paced environment. Reading Buses are well known for their people management and employee engagement, and Professor Toriman is especially keen to improve his skills in managing people.
“Mr. Wan Hashim, who has been spending time with Eurofoods group in their Cwmbran and Newport depots, is enjoying getting to know their senior management team and observing their people management strategies, including how they manage their workforces and maintain a team spirit over separate depots. Mr Hashim has also been learning from the HR team about recruitment policies, training, salary structure, and many other areas.”
We were delighted to hear that Cardiff University also wanted to support this initiative by hosting a day visit for our cohorts. The university put on an exciting and enriching programme, detailing their strategy right from recruitment and marketing, to alumni relations and everything in between. Members of the senior management team ran in depth sessions on international strategy, the innovation system, and student recruitment.
The senior management team very generously donated their time to share their skills and knowledge with our visitors, who could compare and contrast the experience with their universities. They can now directly apply what they have learned to their own universities.
Our visitors were also privileged to be invited for a two day visit to Monmouthshire County Council, where they spent time with senior management and observed how a government organisation engaged the local community, including local businesses and other public organisations. They were also treated to a visit to Caldicot Castle!
This initiative is helping to strengthen the education system in Malaysia. The university vice chancellors have already gained a wealth of knowledge and experience which can now be applied to their education system, to improve the professional development of their future professionals, thus strengthening the future of Malaysia.
To learn more about Malaysia and why this initiative is so important, click here.