Automotive and Engineering Academy rated “outstanding” by Ofsted

The performance of Toyota’s UK training academy has been declared “outstanding” in a new report from the independent regulator and inspection body Ofsted.

The Nottingham centre passed its latest assessment with flying colours earning the highly prized Grade 1 (outstanding) rating. Opened in 2008, the £14 million facility provides block-release training for hundreds of students and young apprentices from across the country in maintenance and repair, customer service, body and paint and vehicle parts skills.

Toyota Workshop

Graduates of the course achieve industry recognised qualifications and proceed to Toyota’s adult development programmes.

In his report, the inspector says: “The overall effectiveness of Toyota’s apprenticeship programme is outstanding and (it) provides excellent value for money. Learners enjoy their training and develop excellent industry skills, making a highly valued contribution to their workplaces.”

He adds that many of those attending the centre progress to “more responsible roles” and Toyota’s professional development programme, with many becoming mentors to other apprentices beginning their training.

The Toyota Academy performed well in a number of key areas, including the quality of training provided; the teaching and the materials used; and the structured career path open to everyone going through the training programme.

Toyota Workshop 2011

Francesco Mereu, Toyota’s Director of HR, Corporate Planning & CSR said: “The skills of the teams in our workshops are a vital element in achieving the highest standards in quality and satisfaction for our customers. It is therefore outstanding news that Ofsted has given the Academy such a prestigious validation of the industry leading quality of our training facilities.”

“The results are due to the excellent Toyota training programme and the hard work of everyone at the academy to provide a superb learning environment. We are proud to be giving young technicians and service and parts advisors the best possible start to their career.”