GP 2000 Quick Reference

Start date: from July 2020
Duration: 8 – 12 months
Allowance: from RM1.5k per month
Target Audience: Unemployed degree graduates from any discipline
Host Companies: Participating financial Institutions


GP 2000 is a co-ordinated effort by the financial industry to offer 8-12 month work placements for up to 2,000 unemployed graduates under the Protégé scheme.

Professional Training and Education for Growing Entrepreneurs (PROTÉGÉ), previously known as SL1M, is a long-standing initiative under the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Cooperative development which many financial institutions have participated in since 2011. The aim of the programme is to develop and mentor youth in collaboration with industry experts in the quest to produce more competitive job creators for the global market and skilled job seekers who meet the needs of industry.

For Graduates

1. Who is eligible to apply?
Recent degree graduates from any discipline who are unemployed or employed in jobs below their skill/qualification level e.g shopwork, delivery driver.

2. Why should graduates apply?
GP 2000 follows the guidelines set by PROTÉGÉ and provides 8-12 months soft skills and on-the-job training that covers seven skills areas; communication, analytical thinking, value driven professional, organizational adaptability, etiquette, entrepreneurship and environment sustainability, social impact and other skills relevant to the financial industry. This enables graduates to gain skills and experience that will position them well to achieve their future career goals be that in the financial industry or any other industry.

3. How does a graduate apply for the programme?
Vacancies are posted by host companies on their web pages and social media with links made available on this website and at Graduates are required to go through the application and screening process with the host company with selected candidates being offered a fixed term placement.

  • Responds to FI advertisement by sending a CV
  • Attends interview and receives offer letter upon selection
  • Registers with PROTÉGÉ via
  • Reports for duty and attends training by host FI
  • Meets with PROTÉGÉ compliance team for quality assurance audit
  • Attends 8-12 month placement with host FI
  • Completes a PROTÉGÉ end of placement survey form

4. What skills are host companies looking for in a graduate?
Companies understand that graduates have limited work experience but generally, apart from your formal qualifications, they all differ in what they are looking for but some common areas:

  • Team or leadership experience: participation in non-academic activities.
  • Communication: a confident communicator, including in English.
  • Teachability: a willingness to learn (starting with knowing about the company they are applying to!)
  • Professionalism: in communications, dress, punctuality etc.


Here are some links to articles to help you with those first steps in applying: 

  1. The Secrets to Writing a Great CV: the Dos and Dont’s of Exceptional CV Writing
  2. 12 Resume Writing Tips for 2019
  3. How to Prepare for an Interview
  4. What Skills are Employers Looking for and Why Are They Important?
  5. Nak cari kerja? Ikutilah tips permohonan kerja ini

For Financial Institutions

Are you a financial Institution who is already part of PROTÉGÉ or interested in supporting the initiative through GP 2000? Please get in touch with FINCO to find out how your organisation can support young graduates in achieving their career aspirations at [email protected].

Contact Information

For further enquiries, you can contact PROTÉGÉ team at [email protected] or at one of their hotline numbers below:

  1. Encik Muhammad Hafiy Bin Kamaruddin: 014-8257258
  2. Cik Nor Azlina Binti Zainol Annuar: 017-3408944
  3. Cik Noralawiyah Binti Ramli: 017-9001425
  4. Cik Nur Aslina Binti Ankong: 012-9656843
  5. Encik Shukri Aiman Bin Ismail: 014-843665
  6. Cik Zubaidah Binti Sa’aidi: 013-9079473

For more information on the PROTÉGÉ programme, visit

Links to placement opportunities with participating financial institutions in GP 2000 will be posted here. Check back regularly for updates:



Media Links:

  1. FINCO launches initiatives for unemployed grads
  2. Financial industry announces GP 2000 initiative for unemployed graduates
  3. FINCO lancer Insiatif GP 2000 untuk siswazah menganggur