News : Toyota on the hunt for UK talent

Toyota recruitment (1)

Toyota has launched a search for Britain’s most promising young talent to join its UK operations. Recruitment is under way for its student placement scheme, giving undergraduates a great opportunity to gain hands-on work experience with the world’s leading motor manufacturer.

The company’s UK student placement scheme provides a great opportunity for the next generation of young professionals to develop their knowledge and skills with one of the world best-known and best-respected businesses. Toyota helped define the principles of modern manufacturing with the Toyota Production System and for making Kaizen – the concept of continuous improvement – a watchword in factories and boardrooms the world over.

Placement opportunities are available across many different disciplines and departments at the Epsom, Surrey Headquarters of Toyota GB Plc, the company responsible for UK sales and marketing activities. Details are available at  Toyota’s website also provides details of career opportunities for experienced professionals.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (TMUK), the company responsible for Toyota’s vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire and engine manufacturing plant in Deeside, North Wales, is also recruiting 11-month industrial placement students. TMUK offers opportunities for graduates, experienced professionals, skilled tradespeople and production roles; more details can be found at

Additionally, to support its recruitment drive, Toyota is taking part in university job fairs around the country (detailed below), giving candidates the opportunity to meet members of its human resources team and find out more about the company and its UK operations.

University job fair programme

Date Venue
14 October Leeds University
16 October Birmingham University
17 October University of Bath
22 October Loughborough University
23 October Aston University
24 October University of London – Imperial College
30 October Reading University and Lancaster University
5 November Sheffield University
6 November Aston University and University of Kent
21 November Nottingham University

Toyota recruitment (2)

Keith Adams


  1. Why is it that Toyota is not a big player in the UK? Very well engineered vehicles. Very reliable. I would presume that the Avensis, for example, is of much higher quality and reliability than the Insignia or Mondeo yet I hardly see any. One of the worlds biggest car companies yet you wouldn’t think it by the numbers on the roads here in the UK. Too much of the sheep mentality here. It must be GM, Ford or German premium or nothing. What a pathetic society we have all become.

  2. rather, must be VW, Audio or B*W over here for car buying sheep. After all, what would the neighbours think if you had anything that wasn’t silver with a dull black plastic interior with a round German badge on it?

    The other reason you don’t see so much Toyota stuff around (apart from retirement villages) is that the styling is just so dull and uninspiring.

  3. If Toyota really want to find UK talent and perhaps need a top man in marketing there’s a fellow at MG………

  4. I guess the facts speak for themselves. Drive down any Acacia Avenue on a Sunday afternoon and the proof will be manifest. Driveways full of, as Timbo says, silver cars with boring interiors and German badges. To not appreciate this is to bury one’s head in the sand methinks.
    Hand in hand with this must go the enormous success of the German publicity machine, backed up (in some measure) by their cars reliability and apparent ‘quality’. However, far more important and effective at getting sales is building the image – and here the German’s have scored heavily.
    I was interested to talk to a MotorHome dealer recently and I asked him which was the best chassis to work with and sell. (For those not familiar with the MotorHome scene there very few – basically Fiat (Peugeot) VW, Mercedes, Renault and Ford.
    His answer after 25 years in the business? There’s nothing to choose between any of them – anyone who thinks the Sprinter is better built than a Master is deluded. The VW has had real problems over the years – no better or worse than the Ford!
    My personal view is that car quality is very often 10 per cent physical and 90 per cent image.

  5. Avensis seems to be a big seller in NI – is in the top ten list of car sales here.

    It’s a nice big car, I never understood why the naysayers mock into their sleeves quoting Clarkson ‘oh it’s dull LOL!’, when design-wise it is no more dull, and probably easier on the eye than an A4 or 3 series.

  6. I wasn’t totally keen on the lastest Avensis but the previous ones seemed to be popular as a minicab locally.

    The current Yaris & Auris look better then the previous ones.

    As Toyota export most (I’ve heard 80% quoted) Derby built cars a slow down of UK sales isn’t the end of the world.

  7. Bravo Toyota, its just a shame our alledged education system does not encourage young industrious types to follow an engineering path. CNC machine operators for example can hardly be found.

  8. Education ‘system’.

    The government’s system is:

    Private school – educated to work in investment banking.

    State school – educated to work in Tescos.

    UK PLC.

  9. @5.So Paul H believes people are complete losers for stating fact. I guess Paul H has the sort of logic that, for example, thinks that rising energy bills are a good thing.

  10. I tend to agree with number 1 (Paul). Toyata’s quality is legendary. Never owned one but my Dad once had a 1978 Corolla Auto saloon which I drove sometimes and it was a good enough car – if not powerful (1.2 56hp).

    Interesting to read these Jobs Fairs dont reach the more Northern Universities, perhaps they think Northerners will be more attracted to Nissan?

  11. Will@10
    Eight of our clients are schools – four independent (private), three Academy’s and one State School.
    I can’t argue with your first point on ‘independents’ – if your paying 15k a year for your child to be at school – you clearly are investing heavily and may be disappointed if they land up on the till at Tescos: that is realistic surely?
    But with regard to the very successful Academies and the one State School we work with – you could not be further from the truth. The dedication and effort of tutors and pupils alike is enormous – and there are no barriers, no preconceived notions of the individual being limited in their aspirations. We work with and see this demonstrated every day – the only limitations come from those who believe in the old class system and promote it for their own agenda. I have worked with an Academy that was 3rd from the bottom in the Ofsted inspection three years ago – it is now 14th from the top. No limits – and you should see the culture and work those kids produce. It is all a far cry from the early 60’s when I was at senior school – even the Head despised me because I lived in a mobile home!
    Not many cars in this bit – just had to say my bit though! (Smiley face)

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