Hiring for Toyota’s Blue Springs, Miss., plant began one month ago, and the company is currently looking to add 1,500 production and skilled maintenance team members to its Mississippi workforce in anticipation of beginning production of the Corolla, the world’s all-time, best-selling vehicle, approximately one year from now. Many throughout the state have applied, but Governor Haley Barbour encourages more Mississippians to seek jobs with one of the world’s best employers. “At a time when we are still recovering from the worst economic downturn to hit the U.S. since the Great Depression, Toyota is creating high-quality jobs and providing training for the residents of Mississippi,” Governor Barbour said. “A job at Toyota represents stability and comes with the possibility for future growth, and the Toyota workplace provides an environment where you truly can make suggestions for improvement. Toyota officials value their team members’ opinions, and you can see it in the quality of their products.”
And while prior manufacturing experience can be a plus, it is not needed.
“There’s a misconception among potential applicants that manufacturing experience is necessary in order to apply,” said David Copenhaver, vice president of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi. “Traditionally, our manufacturing facilities across the U.S. have had applicants from all walks of life, and in fact very few have ever had prior automotive manufacturing experience.”
Toyota’s plants across the U.S. employ team members who have a variety of skills and backgrounds, including coal miners, farmers, truck drivers and school teachers. “We like to hire a diversified workforce which combines a strong work ethic with a ‘can-do’ attitude and problem solving ability,” Copenhaver said. “People who build our vehicles are former supermarket cashiers, secretaries, accountants and medical technicians. At our Kentucky plant, one of our early hires was a former dentist who gave up his practice to come to work on our assembly line,” he added.
Copenhaver further explains, “The outstanding workforce in Mississippi was a major factor for Toyota when we chose Blue Springs for our newest U.S. plant. We determined the region’s reputation and skill level fit well with Toyota’s philosophy of respect for people and continuous improvement.”
Some of the characteristics Toyota is seeking for its production and skilled maintenance positions include: • Teamwork minded • Challenge spirit • Attention to detail • Conscientious • Quality minded • Problem solving • Safety minded
Toyota, known for hiring quality-conscious team members, began its first round of assessments this week for several applicants. Anyone interested in joining the Toyota Mississippi team should apply immediately as assessments will take place continuously over the coming weeks.
The application process:
Interested applicants may apply for production and skilled maintenance positions at Toyota’s Mississippi plant online by visiting www.mdes.ms.gov. Persons needing assistance with the application process or access to an internet accessible computer may visit any WIN Job Center in Mississippi. A complete list of the WIN Job Centers in Mississippi can be found at http://mdes.ms.gov/Home/findWinJobClaimCenter.html.
The hiring process for Toyota production team member jobs includes:
• Step 1: In-depth online application (20 – 30 minutes) • Step 2: 2-5 hour computer-based assessment • Step 3: 6-8 hour “work simulation” assessment • Step 4: Face-to-face interview • Step 5: Background check, drug screen and medical check • Step 6: Job offer
The hiring process for skilled maintenance team member jobs includes:
• Step 1: In-depth online application (20 – 30 minutes) • Step 2: 3-5 hour computer-based skill knowledge assessment • Step 3: 2-6 hour “hands on” skill application assessment • Step 4: Face-to-face interview • Step 5: Background check, drug screen and medical check • Step 6: Job offer
Within the testing phase for both production and skilled maintenance jobs, problem solving activities as well as a realistic hands-on assessment process will take place.
Toyota will pay production team members a beginning wage of $15 per hour, which will grow to $21 per hour over a five-year period. Benefits include health, vision and dental insurance, a company-funded pension plan plus a company-matched 401K savings retirement plan.
“We encourage anyone seeking a good, stable job with competitive pay and benefits to apply,” said Copenhaver. “We will train all new team members and encourage them to ask questions and actively participate in improving our operations. It’s an exciting time for all of us at Toyota Mississippi, and we encourage everyone interested to consider joining our team.”