Network Development Assistant (Business Placement) Review

by Toyota GB

Best Student Employer


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • The Network Development team ensure that Toyota and Lexus have the right Dealers, in the right locations, to represent our Brands in the right way to customers. Within the student role, I have supported the implementation of an EV infrastructure, the rollout of a new Centre design concept and worked with key suppliers to ensure all the Network is representing the brand in the best way. Three of many business areas!


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • This placement has provided endless opportunities to develop existing skills but also to learn new skills. I have had the chance to develop my Presentation and Public Speaking skills which have been further enhanced through opportunities to present throughout my role. Additionally, I have been able to learn Project Management skills and utilise these across all different business areas. Within these projects, I have also been able to develop my stakeholder communication and prioritisation abilities.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • From the beginning, I was provided with a very good level of responsibility that matched my confidence levels. However, as my confidence increased and I put my hand up for all kinds of tasks, I was met with considerable responsibility to handle key information and eventually, take the operational lead on a project. If you show motivation and eagerness to take on more responsibility, Toyota GB will absolutely listen.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • Firstly, the development plan for employees provides very good guidance throughout the year. After setting objectives, you keep a track of progress through quarterly reviews with your manager and continue to update the development plan. Secondly, the support I received from my team has been perfect. My manager has always provided guidance when it is needed and the team as a whole has supported me brilliantly over the course of the year.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The general ethos of the company has been incredibly friendly, supportive and fun. This really matches the general culture, as there is always a focus placed on supporting each other through collaboration and inclusivity. On top of that, there is always a push to use 'Kaizen' - continuous improvement - to challenge ways of doing things. There are also great opportunities to stay social through sports clubs, the gym and charity events.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I have massively enjoyed the placement! The actual job role and work has been perfect in providing a holistic view of corporate work and automotive industry work. My team and the wider culture has provided huge amounts of support and long lasting friendships. It has gone well above my expectations and the opportunities I have been exposed to seem endless. I would definitely return to the company.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Toyota GB
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Toyota GB to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Toyota GB
  • My inspiration for applying to Toyota GB stemmed from my interest in the automotive industry. However, this is absolutely not a pre requisite for working at Toyota. Prepare well for recorded and in person interviews, both on general interview questions and knowledge on Toyota. Overall, show the drive that you have for a placement and be yourself!

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Placement (10 Months+)

Business Management

South East

July 2022

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