Jenrick Engineering, the specialist engineering recruitment agency, is pleased to report that Toyota has announced plans for up to 1,500 new automotive manufacturing jobs in Derby. Jenrick, from its office in Burton on Trent, has a strong presence in the automotive engineering job market, added this commentary:

"This is excellent news for the area. We've seen an amazing resurgence in the automotive engineering sector and this investment by Toyota will further add the long-term confidence of those skilled engineers within this industry."

The carmaker has designated its factory, in nearby Burnaston, as the European centre for its new generation of hatchback vehicles. Mark Adams, Toyota's purchasing chief for Europe, said the recruitment drive would also benefit local suppliers that will provide parts for the new cars.

"It is an announcement that secures the supply chain as well as creating jobs at Toyota."

David Cameron, whose government is trumpeting an export-led recovery, toured the Burnaston plant on Thursday to hail the announcement. More than eight out of 10 of all vehicles made at Burnaston are exported. During his visit, the prime minister said UK car manufacturing industry was seeing a "renaissance" that has included the creation of 1,750 jobs at Jaguar Land Rover.

"The British car industry is doing well and that's because of the quality of our workforce, the quality of our skills and the fact that Britain is a pro-manufacturing country that wants to succeed in this industry," said Cameron, adding that he hoped the recovery in the automotive sector could be part of a "broader recovery" and a "rebalancing of the economy".

Britain is set to make 1.5m cars this year, rising to about 1.6m in 2012. Until now, Burnaston has shared production of Toyota's Auris, its challenger in the small family car market (or "C-segment", in industry jargon) with a factory in the Sakarya area of Turkey. The announcement means that all European C-segment hatchback production will be at Burnaston, with the Turkish plant becoming Toyota's European centre for C-segment saloon production. The Burnaston plant employs 2,860 people and the first recruitment phase for the hatchback will see 500 new posts created next year, with the expectation of a further 1,000 jobs by 2013. ARTICLE SOURCE: