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Engineering - Industrial Placement | 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. We assign Industrial Placement students 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.

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.

Previous IP Projects Include:

  • Researching a new solvent to stop production problems with a certain rubber hose – “it’s still in use today”
  • Analysing the elements in our engine production line to help improve TAKT – i.e. The rate at which engines come of the production line.
  • Reducing plastics shop compressed air usage by 10%.

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.

Focused on your future

We'll make sure that you maximise your time with us. 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.

Always developing

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 which can extend your development. Over the 11 month placement, you will be first 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.

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 degree result in an engineering discipline. We expect you to have conveyed a strong commitment to their academic studies and have a real interest in the area of the business which you apply for.


  • 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
  • Attractive Car Schemes.


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Opportunity Overview

  • November 4th, 2019
  • £17,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Burnaston (Derbyshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical

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