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Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

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Jo Hems

Jo Hems

Principal Specialist

I started my career at Toyota with a 12 month placement as an Industrial Trainee. I spent the year working in the recruitment team, experiencing first-hand the detailed process of recruiting a new employee from application stage through to their first day at work. At the end of my placement I was fortunate enough to be offered a permanent position with Toyota on their Graduate scheme upon successful completion of my Business Studies degree. So 12 months later I returned to Toyota to continue my career and I’ve now been here for 10 years. The Graduate scheme is a fantastic way to join Toyota; the courses and development opportunities provided during the 24 month scheme gave me a firm footing to begin my career and taught me the key principles about life at Toyota. Learning about the Toyota Way, Health and Safety, Kaizen and Personal Skills (to name a few) taught me some of the fundamental skills which Toyota relies upon on a daily basis. The Graduate scheme is an excellent platform to begin your progression at Toyota, with the possibility of moving up through the Specialist grade to Senior Specialist and then Principal Specialist, before being considered for a Management position. Having reached Principal Specialist grade, I am thoroughly enjoying my career at Toyota and look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.