Toyota Motor Corporation, formerly named Toyoda, was established in 1937 in Japan by Kiichiro Toyoda, as a spinoff from his father’s company Toyota Industries to create automobiles. It was established as an independent and separate company from a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, which devoted to the production of cars.
Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. As of 2017, Toyota is the largest automotive manufacturer, producing more than 10 million vehicles per year since 2012, when it reported the production of its 200-millionth vehicle. As of 2014, Toyota was the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization (worth more than twice as much as number 2-ranked SoftBank) and by revenue.
Production of Toyota vehicles began at the Kariya Assembly Plant when Toyota Motor Co. Ltd. Was established, and the following year at the Koromo Plant (now the Honsha Plant) when it commenced operations in 1938.
In 1959, production began at the Motomachi Plant in Japan and overseas in Brazil. Since then, as motorization advanced in Japan and overseas markets grew, production plants in Japan have been expanded whole overseas, semi knockdown (SKD) and complete knockdown (CKD) sites were augmented. In the late 1980s, globalization progressed rapidly and the number of overseas production sites surged.
Toyota’s cumulative worldwide motor vehicle production since the start of production of the G1 Truck in 1935 prior to the establishment of Toyota Co. Ltd., through the end of 2011, is approximately 1957 million vehicles. Production, particularly in Japan, expanded rapidly during motorization in the 1960s, and Toyota created many new production bases. In the mid-1900s, Toyota expanded its market across the globe, building multiple branches outside Japan. Later, when production at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) in the United States started in 1984, local production made dramatic advances. The IMV (Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle) Project was launched in 2004, and in 2007 the overseas production volume exceeded production in Japan.
The IMV Project produces three pickup trucks based on the Hilux, the Fortuner sport utility vehicle, and the Innova minivan in Asia, South Africa, and South America for supply to more than 140 countries around the world.
Based on the principles of contributing to society through automobile manufacturing and manufacturing products where the demand exists, Toyota has conducted production in 27 countries and regions as of the end of 2011. Today, Toyota has 51 production branches spread all over the world including in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
Toyota started its production in South Africa in June 1962, and named this production branch Toyota South African Motors (Pty) Ltd. (TSAM). Since then, Toyota has become one of the most popular vehicle brands in the country. TSAM produces Toyota vehicles including Corolla, Hilux, Dyna, Fortuner, and Hino vehicles. TSAM also produces and exports parts such as manifold converters, exhaust manifolds, and other parts.
Whether you are an engineer, technical expert or even a student, you are always welcome to apply for a position at Toyota. The Company takes great pride in its employees, helping them realize their full potential with Toyota and providing its employees with the ability to find fulfilment in their qualified fields.
As one of the world’s major companies, Toyota is dedicated in uplifting talented people and supporting those who have potential especially in fields related to automotive. As for that matter, Toyota offers a number of development programs for people to hone their skills and expand their knowledge through theoretical and practical training, giving them the experience of a lifetime. These development programs are divided into three categories:
- Apprenticeship (auto electrician, millwright, motor mechanic, tool jig and die, and talent pool)
- In-service (auto electrician, chemical, electrical, human resource, industrial, mechanical, mechatronics, millwright, motor mechanic, and talent pool)
- Learnership (talent pool)
Currently, the only available development opportunity at Toyota South Africa Motor is the Toyota Learnership program. This program is suited for students with a technical background. That is, those who are interested to gain working experience in the Mechanical or Electrical Engineering field. Toyota Learnership contains of both practical and theoretical training, which operates according to the standards of South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). This learnership provides the chance for the students to learn the skills, knowledge, attitude, and behavior that are required in the workplace.
The Toyota Learnership program in South Africa will take place in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. In this program, students will be trained in a variety of technical disciplines. The duration of the programme is over 7 month period. Students who have successfully completed the program will then obtain a NQF Level 2 certification.
Toyota offers a dynamic, diverse and exciting environment that will provide you the opportunity to develop your individual talent to its optimum level, while contributing to the global success of the already well-established brand. During the program, you will be exposed to new ground-breaking technology and diverse culture as well as an overall understanding of the different areas of the business and its Project Management at an international level.
Minimum Requirements for the Toyota Learnership
If you are a young innovative, enthusiastic school leaver who wish to be part of a multinational company and contribute meaningfully, you should take the opportunity to join the Toyota Learnership program. Those who are interested and wish to participate in the Toyota Learnership program must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Be South African citizens
- Candidates must be younger than 30 years of age
- Candidates must not be employed permanently
- Candidates must bring a professional image
- Candidates must have a good command of English language (has the ability to read, write, and speak English)
- Candidates must have good communication skills
- Candidates must have not participate in a learnership program
- Candidates must not be involved in other studies or training activities throughout the entire duration of the Toyota Learnership program
- Candidates who have disability are welcome to apply but they must provide a medical certificate confirming the nature of disability.
- Candidates must have no credit records
- Candidates must not have a criminal record
- Mechanical Trade students:
- Completed Technical Matric or NTC3 with the following subjects: Graphic Design / Engineering Drawing, Mathematics, Physical Science
- Completed a trade related subject (mechanical)
- Electrical Trade students:
- Completed Technical Matric or NTC3 with the following subjects: Graphic Design / Engineering Drawing, Mathematics, Physical Science, Industrial Electronics / Electro-Technology
- Completed a trade related subject
Besides the above-mentioned requirements, candidates of the Toyota Learnership program must possess the following competencies:
- Applicants must have a great analytical ability
- Applicants must have good communication skills
- Applicants must have excellent planning and organizing skills
How to Apply for the Toyota Learnership Program
For those who are interested in applying for the Toyota Learnership program and who meet the minimum requirements which have been mentioned above, you may send your application form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do remember that you also need to attach a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) / resume and certified copies of your senior certificates and identity document.
Besides via email, you can also apply for the Toyota Learnership program on the Toyota website. Toyota Learnership online application processes are available on a variety of websites during the year. Candidates will be required to register an account before they can apply and complete an online assessment form. After they are able to login into their account, they can then proceed with their application.
On the application form, candidates will need to fill in details, such as name, contact detail, working experience, education history, as well as contactable references. In addition, candidates will also be required to upload their curriculum vitae (CV) / resume and other supporting documents, such as a certified copy of their South African Identity document and a certified copy of their Technical Matric Certificate / NTC3 certificate. On the next step, candidates will need to complete an online assessment form. Candidates who meet the minimum criteria will be notified by email, along with the link to the online assessment form. Each assessment will measure their abilities and skills.
Successful learnership candidates will be trained for about 7 months in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. After this program has been completed, the students will receive a NQF Level 2 certification.
The Toyota Learnership program has two fields to be chosen. These two options are Mechanical Trades and Electrical Trade.
- Mechanical Trades
NTC3 or Technical Matric with the following subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science, Engineering Drawing / Graphic Design, and a trade related subject (mechanical).
- Electrical Trade
NTC3 or Technical Matric with the following subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science, Engineering Drawing / Graphic Design, Electro-Technology / Industrial Electronics and a trade related subject.
Applications for the Toyota Learnership program for 2020 intake will be closed on December 6, 2019.
The Toyota Motor Corporation is committed to Employment Equity when recruiting internally and externally. It is company policy to promote from within wherever possible. Therefore, please be aware that internal candidates will be considered first before reviewing external applicants, provided that this supports achievement of Toyota’s Employment Equity goals.
Please not that Toyota does not charge individuals seeking employment any fees, whether for registration, application, administration or placement.
For more information, visit the Toyota Opportunities and Programs web page.