See world-class manufacturing up close

Be one of the select few to experience what it’s like to work for the company that pioneered the world-famous Toyota Production System (TPS). You will not only get to understand what lies at the heart of our successful business but also gain an invaluable insight into the practical side of your chosen career.

Our 3 month structured internship program delivers exceptional training and a chance for you to work on real life challenges alongside industry experts.


Whether you are looking at engineering, HR, finance or logistics, we will ensure that you learn about the different aspects of your chosen field and support you build a great platform for your future.

Impress us and you could be invited back to join our full Graduate Scheme.

About the programme

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, 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.  

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 look for highly capable, self-driven individuals with plenty of initiative and a mature approach.

You will be in the penultimate or final year of your degree program with at least a 2:1 predicted degree result and have a strong, pre-university academic record. Additionally, for Engineering and Finance positions you will need to be studying a relevant degree. For HR and Logistics, a business / related degree is preferred.

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.

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Salary and Benefits

Your Development at Toyota Manufacturing UK

At Toyota Manufacturing UK, during your 3 month placement, we reward performance and hard work.

At Toyota, during your 3 month placement, we reward performance and hard work. We also offer an excellent range of benefits including:

Current Salary: £17,000 pro rata for the duration of the internship worked (approximately £3,912 for the 12 weeks) plus overtime

  • Paid overtime
  • Relocation assistance
  • Free workwear
  • Subsidised restaurants
  • 6 days paid annual holiday (including bank holidays)

Numbers are based on business requirements and do vary from year to year. Typically Toyota Manufacturing UK selects 5-10 per year across both Engineering and Non-Engineering Divisions.

Typically early June to late September every year.

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

Non-Engineering opportunities such as Human Resources, Finance & Purchasing, Corporate Services, Logistics.
Engineering opportunities at either Burnaston or Deeside for example:
Press & Weld, Paint & Plastics, Assembly, Quality Assurance, Facilities & Environment. Placement opportunities can vary from year to year.

In the penultimate or final year of their degree (business/engineering related) and seeking a work placement during the summer months. 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 internships 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 pro rata for the duration of the internship worked (approximately £3,912 for the 12 weeks), plus overtime, 6 days paid holiday including public (or bank) holidays, workwear and access to on-site subsidised restaurants.

The closing date for the internship program is normally at the end of February.

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 attend a 2 day Company Induction with all the new interns 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 a formal review 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 program.

Yes, at the end of the internship a small number of Students may be offered a Graduate position. This decision is based on performance appraisals and current vacancies. These opportunities are limited and the competition is strong.

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