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Burnaston Vehicle Manufacturing Plant, Derbyshire


Are you passionate about engineering and technology, solving problems and getting hands-on? At Toyota we want to invest in your future by offering you an outstanding Maintenance Apprenticeship.

If you enjoy making things, taking things apart to see how they work and improving things this is the apprenticeship for you.

When you join Toyota as an apprentice , your training will specifically reflect your strengths and interests as an individual . You will have the opportunity to develop your career in a way that is right for you . One thing is certain , you will never stop growing at Toyota .

Working in one of the worlds most advanced car plants at Burnaston , Derbyshire you will spend 15 months training to become a ‘Front Line Maintenance’ apprentice . You will be part of a culture where continuous improvement , hard work and teamwork are key to success. It is an ideal start to an engineering career with one of the worlds most respected and successful automotive companies.

Frontline Maintenance apprentices will support the most important people and processes in our factory. You will support in keeping our Avensis and Auris production lines running smoothly every day. As an apprentice our unique combination of on-the-job and classroom training will give you the practical and people skills you need to succeed.

As soon as you join , you will commence detailed off-the-job training before you work alongside experienced maintenance engineers on our busy production lines.You will learn about many new skills to allow you to perform ‘Total Preventative Maintenance’ tasks within the production facility.

What will I do?

The first four months of the apprenticeship will primarily be based in the Toyota Academy on site at Toyota Manufaturing UK.

The Toyota Academy is run by experienced Toyota Manufacturing UK staff with support from Burton and South Derbyshire College staff who will deliver teaching and training specified by Toyota that underpins the apprenticeship programme.You will be enrolled as an apprentice of Burton and South Derbyshire College. 

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Salary and Benefits

Your Development at Toyota Manufacturing UK

  • Paid overtime

    Where overtime is worked, this will attract a payment as follows:
    Mon-Fri - Time and one third for first 2 hours, time and one half thereafter
    Saturday - Time and one half
    Sunday - Double time

  • 25 days paid annual holiday

    There will be two plant shutdowns each year (a fortnight in August and a week at Christmas) and you will be required to take holiday at these times.

    You will then be able to use your remaining holiday entitlement at your discretion provided this is authorised by your Supervisor.

  • Free workwear

    A free workwear allowance is provided to all new Members. Options are also available to purchase additional items at a discounted rate should this be required.

  • Subsidised restaurants

    We have three subsidised restaurants on-site serving a wide range of foods. One of our restaurants serves a Japanese dish every day. A restaurant facility is provided in the apprentice development centre.

  • Stage 1. This is a 22 month period which includes basic engineering theory training, basic practical skills training, a personal development period and placement weeks within Toyota.
    It also covers subjects such as electricity, electronics, welding, machining, control systems and hydraulics - in short, all the theory and practical skills that you need to commence your career in maintenance. You will need to study hard during this period to ensure you are successful.
  • Stage 2. 22 months spent in a maintenance team within Toyota, practically learning how to apply your new skills and how to safely maintain our plant and systems. During this stage you will also undertake a number of higher level technical skills courses on specific items of equipment.
  • Interested in a career in maintenance and engineering.
  • Passionate about working with your hands and solving problems.
  • Excited about working with the latest high tech computerised equipment.
  • Able to show us that you can work well as part of a team.
  • Willing to be patient and show outstanding attention to detail.
  • Willing to study hard on one of the industry's most advance Apprenticeship Schemes.

To be eligible to apply you must possess or be anticipating a minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (click here for an explanation of the new GCSE grades) including Maths, English and Science.

  • During stage 1 of the programme you will gain a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Engineering.
  • During stage 2 onward of the programme you will gain Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ in Engineering and a Level 3 technical certificate.
  • For the right person, there may also be opportunity to undertake a Level 4 qualification and possibly move on to an engineering related degree programme.

At Toyota we believe that we should develop you in a range of personal skills as well as technical skills. Our offsite experiential training takes place during the first year of your apprenticeship and will develop your teamwork, communication and planning skills through a series of outdoor activities, for example, rafting, canoeing, climbing and/or a mountain expedition.

You will also complete several Personal Development training courses, such as presentation skills, team working and communication.

For the right people, there may be opportunity to study for further qualifications, such as an engineering related degree.

You will be learning from the best in the industry! With the combination of skills from our Toyota Trainers. You will learn about all aspects of engineering and maintenance.

We will ensure that you fully understand your future job and what working life is like in a busy manufacturing and engineering environment. Before you start the main technical skills training, you will spend time on site at Toyota, learning about their business and getting to know your new colleagues. You will be given support at all times through the training scheme by experienced Toyota Trainers. You will have regular meetings where we will review your progress and give you feedback on your performance.

'Classroom' technical knowledge and skill alone is not enough to become excellent at your job, therefore we include personal development and the opportunity to practically improve your skills throughout the training programme.

You will be responsible for your daily transport to Toyota. Unfortunately public transport is not available to the Toyota site.

Unfortunately, we can only accept applications for our Maintenance Apprenticeship programme from candidates who are legally entitled to work in the UK.