Government Skills Minister, Nick Boles, has visited Toyota Manufacturing UK’s Apprentice Development Centre at its Burnaston car plant in Derbyshire – highlighting Toyota’s sterling work in developing young people’s skills and career prospects during National Apprenticeship Week.
TMUK is at the forefront of Britain’s new Trailblazers apprenticeships. As one of the first members of the automotive group, it is helping define and deliver focused training to equip young people with key skills required by industry.
Andy Smith, who is into the fourth and final year of his apprenticeship, was on hand to show Mr Boles around the Apprentice Development Centre. Mr Boles was introduced to a number of young men and women benefitting from training.
Mr Boles said, “As Andy and his fellow apprentices at TMUK have demonstrated today, an apprenticeship is a fast-track route to a top career in one of the most dynamic industries.”
Adding, “Working with industry partners, Toyota is playing a key role in the design of new, high-quality apprenticeships as part of the successful Trailblazers programme. By putting employers in the driving seat we are ensuring apprenticeships deliver the skills British industry needs.”
TMUK Deputy Managing Director, Tony Walker, said, “We welcomed the opportunity to show the minister first-hand how young people are making the most of the apprenticeship opportunities TMUK and its partners are providing.”
Adding, “Our investment in apprenticeships can ultimately benefit not just our own operations, but UK business in general, encouraging and supporting a new generation to gain the skills modern industry requires.”
The Apprentice Development Centre was established as part of a significant expansion of Toyota’s investment in training in 2009 and is operated by TMUK in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College.
Since back in 2013, its scope has successfully been extended to host apprenticeships for a wide range of small and medium-size businesses, reaching beyond the automotive sector and TMUK’s supplier network.
The centre is currently training 44 apprentices drawn from 13 different companies local to TMUK, both within and outside the automotive sector.
Nine of these businesses are engaging apprentices for the first time, gaining access to Toyota’s skills, resources and expertise in recruiting, training and developing apprentices to national Level 3 or HNC standards.