Toyota drives forward with new investment


Japanese giant Toyota is taking on 500 new employees to work on the production of their new-generation petrol engines at their plant in Jelcz Laskowice, southwest Poland.

Within the next two years they will begin producing Toyota’s latest models of 2.0 litre and 1.5 litre petrol engines, mainly used to power the company’s hybrid range of vehicles. 

The company says it is looking to take on a further 500 employees by 2020. The recruitment drive will begin in May and will double the number of workers employed at the plant.

Magdalena Kaczmarek, personnel manager at the Lecz Laskowice plant, said: “From the future production workers, both men and women, we are not demanding any factory-work experience. Our new colleagues will be given full training at our Dojo Training Centre and through the support of production line trainers.” 

According to the company, in addition to a comprehensive training scheme, employees will also get access to private medical care, fitness club membership, subsidised lunches, preferential rates for leasing Toyota vehicles and travel to and from work by company buses.

“The investment decision by the concern has placed Poland in second place, after Japan, in the production of modern hybrid engines, which is an expression of the great trust the company puts in the factory and  our Polish  staff,” said  director of the Jelcz Laskowice factory, Mariusz Mikolajczyk, adding that he believed the introduction of Toyota’s latest technology creates new development possibilities for the company and its employees. 

The factories in Walbrzych and Jelcz Laskowice constitute Toyota’s main production centre for the production of engines and gear boxes in Europe.

The company announced In 2016 that it would be investing PLN 650 million for the upgrade of both factories.