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Toyota  Industrial Placement Scheme

You'll Never Grow Out Of It



Burnaston, Derbyshire or Deeside, North Wales

The famous Toyota Way is studied on university courses, all over the world. The Toyota IP is your chance to be one of select few of UK students who get to experience our world-class production environment first-hand.


We know that your placement is a huge platform for your future, so we take our responsibilities very seriously. Whether you join us in Engineering, Logistics, HR or Finance we'll make sure that you maximise your time with us. You'll be involved with live projects from the start, working alongside experienced people who'll go out of their way to make sure that you're always learning.


The Toyota Way means that continuous improvement and respect for people are hard-wired into our culture. We're always looking for ways to improve - and that extends to your development.

Over the 11 month placement, we'll give you training to sharpen your skills and plenty of feedback on how you're progressing. At the end of the IP, you'll present to senior managers to demonstrate how you've added value to Toyota.

Previous IP students say it's an invaluable experience; it clarifies what you want from a career and helps you in your vital final-year. Impress us and you could be invited back to join our full graduate training programme.


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 degree result. Additionally, for Engineering and Finance positions you will need to be studying a relevant degree. For HR and Logistics, most disciplines are acceptable but business related degrees are preferred.

Current Industrial Vacancies

Industrial Placements

Industrial Placement 2018

Industrial placements in Engineering, Business Operations Management, HR or Finance

Various Locations, Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 GMT 2018

About the programme

We take on Industrial Placement students in four areas: Business Operations Management, HR, Finance and engineering.

As an Industrial Placement student you’ll be given the opportunity to make a real impact within the business. We know that a placement is a huge platform to your future so we take our responsibilities very seriously. You'll be involved with live projects from the start and be given the opportunity to make a real impact within the company, working alongside experienced people who'll go out of their way to make sure that you're always learning.

Over the 11 month placement, you will be given training to sharpen and enhance your skills, while receiving regular feedback on how you are progressing.  At the end of your Industrial Placement, you'll present to senior managers on your projects to demonstrate how you've added value to Toyota.


Your development programme will last for just over 2 years and commence with an introduction to Toyota which will involve a 5 day induction held at the Burnaston Plant.

Line Training

You will also participate in eight weeks line training in a Production shop. We wonâ??t pretend otherwise, during this time on-line you will be doing a repetitive and physical job as well as following a rotating shift pattern, but the skills and experience you develop will prove invaluable to you.


Your development programme will last for just over 2 years and commence with an introduction to Toyota which will involve a 5 day induction held at the Burnaston Plant.

These courses range from Toyota specific skills such as Problem Solving, Plan-Do-Check-Action and Report writing to developing 'soft' skills in Presentation and Communication Skills, Personal Planning and Team Working.


There will also be opportunities for a secondment to an area beyond your chosen specialisation, which will broaden your understanding further.


During the training period, you will be expected to write reports detailing practical aspects of your role using some of the Toyota philosophies: such as PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Action) and Problem Solving. You will then be expected to present these to Senior Management.


The Graduate Development Programme is assessed and requires a certain standard to be attained prior to progression to a Specialist or Engineer position which is achieved at the end of the programme.

Areas you may work


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 an outstanding place to work for inquisitive and ambitious engineers

Business Operations Management (Logistics)

Everything starts and stops with Logistics.  Join us here and you’ll be at the centre of our manufacturing operation bringing the world-famous Toyota Production System (TPS) to life.

This is your chance to learn about concepts like jidoka and just-in-time first-hand from the company that pioneered them.  TPS is a lean manufacturing system designed to eliminate waste, reduce costs and keep lead times down. It was developed between 1948 and 1975 out of two concepts. The first is called jidoka (which loosely translates as “automation with a human touch”) – this means that when a problem occurs, production stops immediately, preventing defective products. The second concept is just-in-time, in which each process produces only what is needed by the next, and so on, in a continuous flow. Where Toyota has led the way, other manufacturers have followed. You’ll find that many universities teach TPS today as a proven operations management system

Human Resources

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, valuable part of our operation. To keep our products progressing and our processes evolving, it’s essential to develop our people. Our HR specialists are influential experts, and most employment issues are their business. To succeed in HR, you’ll need to be a team player yourself – as comfortable and confident on the shop floor as you are with your senior managers.


Finance isn’t a back office function at Toyota.

You’ll soon see that a key part of your role is to go and see things for yourself and adopt a dynamic and practical learning method. You’ll spend time on the shop floor and understanding the way we work from a manufacturing perspective. A key part of our role is to develop breakthrough initiatives to manage costs per vehicle by working closely with other departments. Whether you are in cost management, general ledger, accounts payable and received, purchasing, or investment, you'll tackle real commercial projects and discover how finance can add real value to the production process.

How Do I Develop My Employability Skills

Here our Deputy Managing Director, Tony Walker, discusses his experiences throughout his career - applying his degree to his role here at Toyota, and gives advice to students on enhancing employability skills emphasising the importance of gaining experiences outside of your academic studies before embarking on your career path.

More information

Salary and Benefits

At Toyota Manufacturing UK, during your 11 month placement, we reward performance and hard work.

We also offer an excellent range of benefits including:

• Current Salary: £17,000 plus overtime - Currently under review

  • 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 (+ bank holidays)

    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.

  • Relocation assistance

    A relocation package is available. A member of the recruitment team would confirm if you are entitled to this benefit and provide a full explanation as to what this would cover.

  • 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.

11-month Placement Programme numbers are based on business requirements and do vary from year to year. Typically Toyota Manufacturing UK selects 10-15 Industrial Trainees per year across both Engineering and Non-Engineering Divisions.

Typically the first week of September every year.

11 month placement is the only duration that Toyota Manufacturing UK offers.

Non-Engineering opportunities such as Human Resources, Finance & Corporate Services, Logistics, Environment based across the business. Engineering opportunities at either Burnaston or Deeside for example:
Assembly Division, Quality Assurance. Placement opportunities can vary from year to year.

In the 2nd or 3rd year of their degree (business/engineering related) and seeking an 11 month placement. An interest in working within the vehicle manufacturing sector, mature approach, confident, flexible, enthusiastic, team players. Prepared to use their own initiative and implement changes.

Either Burnaston, Derbyshire or Deeside, North Wales.

Unfortunately, we can only accept applications for our 11-month placement programme from candidates who are legally entitled to work in the UK. We will ask to see proof of your eligibility to work in the UK when you visit our site at the assessment centre/interview stage of the recruitment process. Typically, this is in the form of a UK or European Economic passport or similar supporting documentation as detailed on our application form.

UCAS points will be taken into consideration and a strong academic record is required.

The current starting salary is £17,000 plus overtime, 25 days paid holiday including public (or bank) holidays, workwear and access to on-site subsidised restaurants.

If you are successful at the on-line aptitude testing stage, you will be invited to attend an on-site assessment centre at the Burnaston Plant.

The closing date for 11-month Placement Programme Applications is 31st December 2017.

There is a very limited opportunity for travel within the UK or our European operations. Opportunities are based on business requirements and for the 11-month Placement Programme it is highly likely that you will be based primarily within the UK.

Toyota Manufacturing UK does provide some monetary assistance to relocate. At the Open Day accommodation advice is given in terms of local letting agency contact details. You will also meet other Industrial Trainees and Graduates that also need to move to the area.

You will attend a 5 day Company Induction with all the new Placement Programme Students, Graduates and Apprentices and then join your department for a more detailed welcome.

Core training courses include, Plan-Do-Check-Action, Presentation Skills, Health & Safety and Personal Planning.

You will have 3 formal reviews with your Supervisor. You will also have numerous informal opportunities to gain feedback on your performance.

You will be primarily based in 1 department for the duration of your placement, however the general nature of work at Toyota Manufacturing UK is often teamwork. You will therefore have the opportunity to work with multi-disciplinary teams with members from other departments.

Yes, you will be allocated a Supervisor from day one who will support you as you progress through the 11-month Placement Programme.

Yes, at the end of the 11-month Placement Programme a small number of Placement Programme Students are offered a Graduate position. This decision is based on performance appraisals throughout the 11 month placement and current vacancies. These opportunities are limited and the competition is strong.

Our people

Jo Hems. Specialist, HR Division

Peter Curtis, Engineer, Assembly Division

Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director