Toyota and PLTW: Empowering Students Through Career-Learning Experiences

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Expanding Access to Modern Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities

Since 2010, Toyota has partnered with PLTW to provide students with more education and career pathway opportunities in high-demand, high-growth STEM careers.

Through the partnership, 184 schools across the United States have implemented programs in PLTW’s K-12 computer science and engineering pathways. Toyota recruits PLTW students into its Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) and Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) programs, as the company has found that PLTW graduates are better prepared for its programs.

We get the best from PLTW. We have found PLTW to be the best preparatory program in high school to make us a globally competitive manufacturer. PLTW’s high-quality curriculum and its development of students’ problem-solving, teamwork, and written and verbal communication skills is unmatched. Additionally, the national scope of PLTW means we can replicate our strategy across all of our plants. We highly value the engaging and sincere partnership with PLTW.

- Dennis Dio Parker, director Toyota North America’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program

Providing Access to Engaging Work/Study Opportunities

Toyota began recruiting PLTW high school graduates to enroll in its AMT program in 2010. The two-year, intensive technical work/study program prepares graduates for in-demand manufacturing careers and offers them a unique opportunity to earn a salary with Toyota while working toward a multi-skilled associate degree through a local community college. Two days a week, students attend classes in electricity, fluid power, mechanics, and fabrication, as well as continuous activities to develop their professional behaviors, problem-solving skills, and efficient workplace practices. Students gain training and work experience at the Toyota manufacturing facility the other three days per week.

A recent report by Toyota shows that 95 percent of AMT program graduates are hired for a full-time manufacturing position with Toyota or other manufacturers. The program has been so successful that other companies have joined Toyota to create the FAME organization, a consortium of employers that inform the design of curriculum and support students in the work/study program.

Today, the program is active in nine states, with 22 programs and over 300 engaged employers.

Preparing Students for Rewarding Careers

Toyota’s T-TEN program is an automotive technician training program. Toyota recruits PLTW students for the program, which is currently in 36 U.S. locations.

The hands-on, collaborative nature of PLTW programs helps prepare students for success in T-TEN. The program aims to develop the significant technical skills required to maintain and repair modern automobiles.

In its 31-year history, T-TEN has developed and graduated over 11,000 factory-certified automotive technicians into challenging, rewarding, and well-paid positions in dealerships around the country. PLTW graduates have the opportunity to join this ever-growing community of skilled and in-demand technicians.

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Making a Difference, Together

View the resources below to see how Toyota’s support of education and career opportunities in manufacturing is making an impact on PLTW students.