A new training college for mechanics, which is designed to be eco-friendly as well as offering the latest in automotive technology, was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Kent yesterday.
The Castle College Highfields Automotive and Engineering Training Centre and Toyota Academy is part of the Science Park in Nottingham and is partially funded by the East Midlands Development Agency.
The college will offer day release sessions for students aged 14 years to 16 years, and post 16 will be used by trainees on the Toyota Technical Education Programme (T-TEP). There are plans to offer up to 600 students a year the chance to study there.
Miguel Fonseca, managing director of Toyota (GB) plc, said: "As a global company we have a global responsibility to create sustainable business that respects society, customers, employees, business partners and the environment.
"This centre combines Toyota’s commitment to skills, environmental leadership and our commitment to corporate citizenship, in particular in the East Midlands region."
Toyota plan to train 60 engineering apprentices for its manufacturing plants in Burnaston, Derbyshire and Deeside, north Wales each year as well as offering a centre for their 350 apprentices within Toyota and Lexus national retail networks.