Toyota Graduates Scheme

You'll Never Grow Out Of It


Engineering at Toyota isn't about nuts and bolts. It's much more about having imagination plus the dedication to keep developing the best processes and products. We encourage our engineers to look at things from every angle to find better ways of working. That's always been the Toyota Way - as our founder Sakichi Toyoda put it: "Inspiration comes from many places.  We need to have our eyes, our minds and our hearts open to things we interact with every day, so open your window to the world." You can see that commitment reflected in cars like the Auris Hybrid. It's what makes Toyota a great place for inquisitive engineers to sharpen their skills.


Our engineers make sure we can react quickly to breakdowns. They plan and implement new equipment. They're also pivotal in bringing the famous Toyota Production System to life - whether refining a process from a technical perspective or assessing the environmental impact of a production change. We assign Graduates to a specific area of our business - either manufacturing or facilities & environment - but we'll train you to be a multi-skilled professional. Ultimately we want engineers who are versatile enough to work across the whole plant and beyond.

Our approach to people management is different. One of Toyota's Guiding Principles is to foster a respectful, reflective culture where individual creativity and teamwork can flourish. That makes HR a visible and valuable part of our operation. To keep our products progressing and our processes evolving, it's essential that we develop our people. That's where our trainees can make a difference. To succeed, you'll need to be a team player yourself - as comfortable on the shop floor as you are with senior managers.


On the graduate programme, you'll get to see the breadth of our business. You'll be working within the General Affairs team on the day to day activities and have direct links with the shop floor operations.  These include all aspects of Human Resources; employee relations, benchmarking, benefits, complex data analysis, cost management, contract management and external affairs. Whatever you're working on, it will stretch your problem-solving skills and introduce you to people at all levels, all over the business. It's a challenging scheme, but there's plenty of support from colleagues. There's training to equip you with transferable commercial skills and we can sponsor you towards a CIPD qualification, if that's the direction you decide to take.

Development is everything at Toyota. It's an intrinsic part of the way we work - the unique management philosophy that's made us an automotive leader.

At its heart is the Japanese concept of kaizen - a belief that no process can ever be declared perfect; that there's always a better way. You can see it in our world-leading processes, our innovative products and, of course, in the way we develop our people.


For graduates fresh out of university, kaizen means constant development. Nothing stands still here - and graduates are hugely important to that. We really value the injection of energy and ideas they bring.

If you enjoy taking a practical, problem-solving approach to your work, you could go a long way here. You'll be part of a collaborative culture - a business that's always looking to the next challenge. It's only through our people's determination today that we can continue our progress tomorrow.


We take on graduates in four areas: Business Operations Management, HR, Finance and engineering. Wherever you join us, you'll experience working life on the shop floor where we produce our Auris and Avensis models. It's demanding - but we think it's the only way to understand our unique culture and the world-famous Toyota Production System.

We place great emphasis on learning by doing - usually through structured, on-the-job training. So, over the course of our programme, you'll find yourself tackling live projects and taking on real responsibilities in your chosen field. Our graduate programme lasts just over 2 years, it is assessed and designed to help you reach the standard needed to move into a specialist position at the end of the programme.

You'll be well supported - by your managers and a personal mentor. That said, we'll expect you to take charge of your own development. Curiosity and new concepts drive our business forward - so we encourage our graduates to broaden their own horizons.


We're looking for individuals who will share our values and believe that there's always a better way. So, if you thrive on analysing problems from different angles to develop solutions and take a practical approach to your work, you could go a long way with us.

You will also have a consistently strong academic record, with a minimum 2:1 predicted / recently achieved at degree level. Additionally, for Engineering and Finance positions you will need to be studying a relevant degree. For HR and Business Operations Management, most disciplines are acceptable but business related degrees are preferred.


Engineering - Burnaston, Derbyshire

Engineering - Deeside, North Wales

Human Resources - Deeside, North Wales

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Would you like to know more about how Toyota build the cars we drive?

If so, click the image below and follow Toyota workers through the production facility at Burnaston, Derbyshire.

Factory to Forecourt