Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) has been awarded the title of Britain’s best training partner in the 2015 SEMTA Skills Awards.
The award is recognition for the manufacturers work with organisations and businesses local to its Burnaston car plant near Derby.
A sector skills council, Semta brings together employers and educators to promote the development of higher skills for British engineering and advanced manufacturing.
TMUK came out on top in a hard-fought competition to take the award together with its partner SMEs and community organisations.
TMUK’s Director of Environment, Quality and Production Functions, Tim Freeman, was on hand to pick up the award at a special gala evening in London, saying, “We are committed to people development by supporting our local community, SMEs and supplier community, as well as our own staff. By taking this approach we can contribute to developing skills in the local economy, and in the manufacturing and engineering sector.”
Semta CEO, Ann Watson, said,” Toyota is a world-class company which is reflected in its superb training programme and facilities. It is helping create the engineers of the future, which is vital if the UK is to continue to deliver the skills which make our engineers the best in the world”.
Back in 2013, TMUK introduced a fully managed apprenticeship programme, including attraction, recruitment and training delivery, hosted at an Apprentice Development Centre established on-site at Burnaston in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College.
Training and Development Manager at Gestamp Tallent, said, “We’ve been a business partner with Toyota for many years and the relationship has always been one of support rather than demand.”
“This approach has now been extended in the growth of our engineering capability with the apprentice training. Toyota has given us access to a world-class scheme based on the traditional values of a good apprenticeship.”
YMCA Derbyshire has worked with Toyota to support local disadvantaged young people. In partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Foyer Foundation.
Gillian Sewell, YMCA Derbyshire CEO, said: “Each day in my work I recognise Toyota’s contribution and achievements for YMCA residents. When they complete the training it is evident how our residents have increased their self-esteem and sense of purpose, and improved their life chances. Toyota not only says it cares about its local community, it works to prove it.”