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Toyota inspires students and teachers

Teachers, students and the Auris Hybrid

Teachers, students and the Auris Hybrid

Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) was established in 1992 as Toyota’s first European manufacturing operation. Since then it has benefited from more than £1.85 billion investment in its engine factory in Deeside, North Wales, and car plant in Burnaston Derbyshire. TMUK at Deeside currently builds engines for both its UK-manufactured vehicles and for export.

For three days in October 2011 teachers and young people across Wales got a glimpse of what it is like to work within manufacturing as Toyota Manufacturing UK opened the doors of its engine manufacturing plant in Deeside, North Wales. The event was the result of collaboration between Toyota Manufacturing UK, Techniquest Glyndwr, Business in the Community and Careers Wales.

The main aims of the event were to challenge perceptions that the UK has an outdated manufacturing sector, to update teachers understanding of the work of a modern manufacturing plant and to try and encourage more young people to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, in order to boost the UK’s skills base.

The first day was given over to teachers from schools and colleges across the North Wales region. During the placement the teachers were given an introduction to the Toyota factory at Deeside including visits to many different departments within the company such as assembly, casting, training, maintenance and quality. They were also given an insight into the work of the company and its global position in the world automotive market especially in relation to its new hybrid engine car the Auris with its outstanding fuel economy.

The second and third day welcomed students from schools and colleges across the region. Again they, like the teachers, were able to visit various departments in the factory and had the opportunity to talk to different employees and find out about career opportunities and the apprenticeship scheme operated by Toyota. As part of the day the students were also able to take part in a number of ‘hands on’ engineering related activities hosted by Techniquest Glyndwr, Wrexham.

On one of the days the students were joined by Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami who said:

“Manufacturing is vital, now and in the future. This initiative is a fantastic opportunity to engage young people and showcase the wide range of careers available to them in modern manufacturing. I am delighted that Toyota is taking a lead in this, here in Wales”.

Over the three days 16 teachers and 113 students attended the placement at Toyota and links were established between the schools/colleges and Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd for future collaboration on STEM related activities.

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