Graduate Opportunity

Engineering Graduate Scheme | Vehicle Plant

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Overview of Toyota UK

There are two manufacturing plants in the UK representing a total investment of £2.5 billion and approximately 3,000 members (including Agency) are employed. The vehicle manufacturing plant is located at Burnaston in Derbyshire, the engine manufacturing plant is located at Deeside in North Wales.

Engineering at Toyota

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.

Your time here

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. Over the two years, 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.

Your Learning and Development and about the Programme

All graduates will take part in six weeks of line training. This will mean that for those six weeks you will work on an area where we build the cars down on the shop floor. Although tough, this experience is extremely rewarding and interesting and gives you a real hands-on insight into what Toyota Manufacturing is all about. We believe this experience is crucial for your personal development and rather unique to our company.

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.

  • Personal Development programme
  • Regular Assessed Projects
  • Formal Progression Reviews
  • Presentation Skills
  • Toyota Business Practice (Problem Solving) – Work-Based Assessment
  • The Toyota Way
  • PDCA Assessment
  • Health and Safety Assessment.

The role

You will be positioned at our manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, where there are fantastic student roles available within our Engineering team. You could be working in the following areas:

  • Press
  • Weld
  • Paint
  • Plastics
  • Assembly
  • Quality Assurance.

Toyota Manufacturing UK

The vehicle manufacturing plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire opened in 1992, making it Toyota's first European manufacturing plant.

What it means for you

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.

What we look for

We're looking for people 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 in a relevant engineering degree.


  • Competitive salary and Paid Overtime
  • 25 Days Paid Annual Holiday
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Free Personalised Work Wear
  • Exclusive Company Benefit Site
  • Subsidised Onsite Restaurants
  • Worldwide Travel Opportunities
  • Fantastic Opportunities for Career Progression
  • Job Events and Courses
  • Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Healthcare Scheme
  • Attractive Car Schemes 


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Opportunity Overview

  • November 4th, 2019
  • £28,350 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Burnaston (Derbyshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical

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