Tasks varied daily, all related to improving Weld quality, reducing costs or saving time through desing and manufacturing of parts, researching products, meeting suppliers and implementing new equipment
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have very much enjoyed my time at Toyota. I have completed lots of different projects learning new skills and made some good friends along the way.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As a trainee I expected to not be valued but I was wrong. I became a part of the team and was given high responsibility tasks from colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Support was always given if required, but what i thought was the best part of the placement was being given the responibility to tackle jobs on my own.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days were busy, with new tasks always popping up to be completed. No day was ever the same, and there was always variety.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Lots of responsibility from the off were i was given my own projects to complete, these ranged from designing and manufacturing parts to installing new systems.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe the skills I have learnt will greatly benefit my future. My presentation and communication skills have vastly improved. I've gained a practical knowledge of manufacturing were I have seen real world applications of the theory learnt during my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere within my department was great, good team spirit and plenty of banter.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The 11 months were set up very well with the first week spent in the Learning and Development center lerning the fundementals of toyota. Several further training courses were set up through the year and quarterly reviews were undertaken to monitor progress.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There has been alot of time put into training and development from Toyota. Courses were enjoyable and engaging and coverd all non technical aspects that were required.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Aftrer 11 months here i would definetly come back as a graduate. I have had my placment extended another 6 weeks to take me up to going back to university. So i hope the chances are high.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We would often have social events with both placement and graduate students. Derby night life was fairly good.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Houseing was much cheaper than i was use to in oxford.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
night life was good, lots of bars and clubs and normally busy.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?