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Toyota has employer’s ‘edge’

Toyota GB is the national organisation winner of the Edge Employer Awards 2006, receiving £50,000 to invest in training.

Edge is an educational foundation that campaigns for practical and vocational learning opportunities for young people aged 14 to 25. Toyota won the award because of ‘the company’s commitment to vocational learning through its vehicle technician apprentice training scheme’.

“We are delighted to award this accolade to Toyota,” said Edge chief executive, Andy Powell. “These awards are about rewarding organisations that are addressing head-on the need for a well trained and highly skilled work force, and Toyota is doing just that.”

Sarah Fisher, Toyota’s director customer relations HR and training, said: “I am proud that Toyota’s continuous investment in training and the positive results which can be achieved have been recognised in this way.

“We can continue to progress our work further with the funds available and our congratulations go to Gary Harlock and his team at the Nottingham Academy.”

In 2005, Toyota announced a £10 million investment (now currently £14 million) in its new Nottingham academy, in conjunction with the East Midlands Development Agency and the Learning and Skills Council.

Garry Hawkes Edge chairman (right) presents the cheque to Toyota (GB)'s Sarah Fisher, director customer relations HR and training and Kevin Watkins, general manager the Academy.

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