Engineering students in smaller towns and cities can't normally dream of getting head hunters visit their campuses for placement, but the Flag event hosted by EmployabilityBridge in association with CII not only helps getting such students placed but has for the first time created access to international opportunities as well.

This happened at the fifth edition of Flag 2015 at Mahendra Engineering College, Tiruchengode in which over 750 students from colleges across Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka participated to find a suitable job. Companies such as Hexaware, Sodexo, Mettler, Toledo, Omega Healthcare, Agile DC, Maarga and Jayanthi Plastics made over 125 offers and shortlisted eligible students to the next level interviews.

Emmanuel Justus, Chief Executive Officer, EmployabilityBridge told BusinessLine that Flag 2015 at Tiruchengode was the fifth edition of the event this year and the 32{+n}{+d} since the start of the series.

“We do 3 events per year in every region. Unlike a job fair where the headhunter has no clue to the candidates appearing for the test/ interview, in the Flag series only shortlisted students take part. It is win-win for both – companies and students – as corporates hesitate to go to tier II and III towns to find suitable candidates and those studying in such colleges/ locations find it difficult to be placed on campus,” explained Justus, adding “EmployabilityBridge’s FLAG addresses this issue by aggregating colleges and corporate and creating an opportunity for the students to pursue their career in engineering.”

The next edition of Flag is scheduled for February 5 at Kannur in Kerala. “This is our first event in Kerala,” said Justus. Only students graduating in 2015 are eligible to take part in Flag 2015 events, and once placed, would not be allowed to take part in further editions of Flag. HR heads, who were present at the 5{+t}{+h} edition of Flag, said companies look for candidates with sound technical knowledge and other employable skill sets.