How to get a job at the toyota factory in China?
This year, I’ll be travelling to China for a holiday with my family, and I’m sure my travel plans are not going to change very much.
But as I look out the window at the endless lines of trucks and tractors, the endless traffic jams, the countless empty stores, the constant traffic, and the endless hours of driving, I can’t help but wonder, “What if I got an appointment at the Toyota factory?”
What if they didn’t have any workers at all?
What if the staff didn’t work at all, just waiting around for hours on end?
I’ve heard from many people, including those at Toyota, who are understandably worried.
They want to know, for instance, how many people are at the plant, or what kind of job they’re getting.
In the past, the answer has always been very vague.
“I don’t know,” said a Toyota spokesperson.
The Toyota spokesperson went on to say that all Toyota employees were required to undergo a basic safety training course before they can begin working at the factory.
But as of the beginning of this year, the training was only offered for Toyota employees in the Toyota Global Production Center, or GTCC.
How does that work?
You’re not allowed to get an appointment with the factory’s general manager until you’re already there.
What you need to do is make sure you’re in a designated queue, which is located at the GTCC entrance, and that you’re assigned to the GT CC queue.
After you’ve completed your training, you’re allowed to leave.
To avoid the wait, you might be tempted to take a shortcut.
You can go to the other GTCC queue.
You might even get an assignment at a local store.
It’s not exactly the kind of “get-rich-quick” scheme that I’m expecting, but it’s a start.
Toyota Global Production is the largest company in Toyota’s fleet, which means that if you’re on the GTCCC queue, you’ll be on the waitlist.
And it’s not just waiting in line.
There’s a separate waiting area for all GTCC employees, with all the vehicles parked on the lot.
These vehicles are only available for short stints, so you might get to see your family or friends.
Some of the cars on the waiting list may be just as old as the ones parked in the GTCs, and are just waiting to be brought to the facility.
When you arrive, you get a Toyota Tribute badge on your badge belt.
Once you’ve arrived, you wait in the waiting area, where you’ll wait for an employee to show up, who will then take your paperwork, and then drive you to the vehicle you’re looking for.
If you’ve been waiting for the right vehicle, the waiting time is just one hour.
A Toyota spokesperson said the waiting times for GTCC workers vary based on the type of vehicle, but all workers are expected to complete their training within three weeks of arriving in China.
At this point, you may have to pay for a vehicle, because you don’t have the money to buy a new vehicle in the US or Canada.
As I’m writing this, Toyota is holding a press conference at the China GTCC to announce the arrival of the new GTCC line.
The press conference will start around 2 p.m. local time.
I will update this story as more information becomes available.
[This story was originally published on September 23, 2017]