Toyota Pick UK For New £11.2 Million Production Training Centre

Toyota has chosen the UK as the location for a new, £11.2 million production training centre. The E-GPC (European - Global Production training Centre) will provide production and maintenance skills training to the employees of Toyota’s European manufacturing operations.

The E-GPC will be located within the grounds of Toyota’s vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire (the plant producing Avensis and Corolla models). A purpose-built, 8,000m2 training facility will be constructed and will begin operations in January 2006. The new facility will employ 15 trainers who will be responsible for training up to 1,000 Toyota employees each year.

"Toyota’s European production training centre will play a vital role in ensuring that our manufacturing employees receive the training and development they need to continue to provide our customers with superior quality vehicles," said Shinichi Sasaki, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing Europe. "This also continues Toyota’s policy of localisation in Europe, which includes a European design centre, eight manufacturing plants and a dedicated R&D facility," Mr Sasaki added.

The E-GPC will deliver a range of courses using specially developed work stations, simulated production environments and the latest maintenance technology to improve and develop key vehicle production skills. The aim is to support Toyota’s leadership in providing superior quality to customers.

Published 3 April 2005 Melanie Carter

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