Toyota jobs fair attracts hundreds of applicants

Hundreds of people attended a jobs fair at carmaker Toyota's Derbyshire factory.

In November, the firm said it was creating 1,500 posts over two years at Burnaston with an £100m investment to build a new hatchback model.

Up to 700 people attended the event at the factory on Saturday with most registering for more information.

The company said the level of interest was good news for the company and the community.

'Exciting' vehicle

An initial 500 vacancies will become available this year with another 1,000 people taken on in 2013.

Tony Wood from Stretton is currently unemployed but hopes his experience will help.

He said: "I've worked in the automotive industry before but it was for a smaller company than this.

"It was in fact supplying lumbar supports for car seats here at Toyota."

Tim Freeman from the company said: "I've seen the new vehicle and its very exciting.

"We can't wait to start recruiting and building."

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