Working at Leyland
Leyland Trucks is the UK’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturing business and has established an enviable track record of profit and growth.
The company is a division of the American corporation PACCAR Inc, a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light, medium and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. It also provides financial services and information technology and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.
Leyland Trucks offers an excellent working environment, competitive salaries and generous benefits.
We are not currently recruiting.
The company provides additional outpatients private health scheme benefits to supplement and complement the National Health Service. The scheme provides accelerated access to medical specialists and diagnostic tests including scans and X-Ray services. All employees are enrolled in the scheme on joining the Company.
The Company offers a range of employee support services to assist employees to keep fit and healthy and to support them in times of difficulty. Services include Life Style medical check-ups and advice on diet/health management, rehabilitation – assisting employees back to work after illness or injury and a stop smoking support group. The Company operates a confidential telephone employee assistance facility where employees can get prompt expert advice on a comprehensive range of life issues.
The Company provides life assurance cover for its employees who are full participating members of the Company pension scheme, life cover benefits are three times Annual Salary. For employees who do not participate in the pension scheme for retirement benefits, life cover benefit is one times Annual Salary.
The Company encourages employees to socialize together to foster team working throughout the organisation. A committee of employees manage and organise a variety of employee trips and events throughout the year.
The Company sponsors a final Salary Pension Scheme which is jointly run by Company and employee elected trustees. The scheme provides retirement benefits including a pension and cash option at retirement. In the event of death the scheme provides benefits for eligible dependants. Scheme members may opt to increase their retirement benefits by contributing to an AVC (Additional Voluntary Contributions) fund.
Training is a ‘cornerstone’ of our business and we place great value on developing people to reach their highest potential. The Company has achieved the national Investors in People standard. All new starters undergo a comprehensive induction into the business and training needs are immediately identified and reviewed via the Personal Development Planning Interview. There are a number of formal mechanisms for career development, which include a Mentor Scheme for high potential employees, accredited management and supervisory development programmes, academic courses, technical and vocational training activities, Development Assignments for shop floor employees and a Company Open Learning Library with hundreds of self-development packages available to all employees.
The Company strongly encourages employees to develop their academic skills and qualifications, and under the Assisted Studies Policy employees are able to study for relevant qualifications at a further or higher education institution with financial support from the Company, provided certain requirements and conditions are met. In order to develop the learning culture and enhance job-related skills, the company also offers a contribution of £100 towards the cost of any course at a local college or education institution. This course need not be work-related and may range from holiday Spanish to cooking or flower arranging; the emphasis being on learning and developing personal skills.
Graduate Development Programme
At Leyland Trucks, we aim to recruit, develop and manage first rate graduate talent. Each year we recruit graduates into various areas of the business.
Typical opportunities may include:
Manufacturing Engineering: - this 24 month graduate development programme rotates in 6 monthly assignments in key areas such as Business Units, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Materials and Quality.
Materials: - this 24 month graduate development programme rotates in 6 monthly assignments in commercial areas of the business, focusing on Materials; this includes Logistics, Supply Chain and Material Planning.
Purchasing: - this 24 month graduate development programme rotates in 6 monthly assignments in commercial areas of the business.
Finance: - this 24 month graduate development programme rotates in 6 monthly assignments in commercial areas of the business.
Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be placed into a substantive position within the specialist area which best reflects their strengths and our business needs.
During each development programme the graduate will be expected to gain professional qualifications awarded by the appropriate Institute relevant to the specialist area, for which they will be fully supported in terms of time off for study and assistance with membership and course fees.
Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS)
The Company is accredited by both the IMechE and the IET to offer the MPDS Scheme to graduate engineers, which allows them to complete their professional development within the Company in order to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Student Sponsorship Programme
Leyland Trucks operates a very successful Sponsored Students Scheme for both students studying Engineering and Business disciplines.
Engineering Scheme (Product Development & Design)
For the design and development engineers of the future, Leyland Trucks is offering places on the Sponsored Student Scheme to those students who are currently in their 2nd or 3rd year of University studying towards an Masters degree in Engineering (Mechanical/Automotive or Electronic/Electrical). This exciting and innovative programme offers the successful candidates the opportunity to experience working in an advanced manufacturing and design environment during their summer holidays, whilst undertaking real life/real time projects which contribute towards the success of the business.
We strongly believe that in recruiting talent early, we can help nurture and develop it to enable people to become future business managers, accountants, purchasing professionals and undertake other key support positions within the business. Leyland Trucks is offering places on the Sponsored Student Scheme to those students who are currently in their 1st year of an Operations or Business/Commercial related degree. The programme offers the successful candidates the opportunity to experience a working placement during their summer holidays, whilst undertaking real life/real time projects which contribute to the success of the business within such varied departments such as Materials, Quality, Purchasing, Human Resources, Finance and PACCAR Parts.
What we offer
The scheme offers the successful student an opportunity to:-
Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS)
- Develop commercial and professional business skills
- Have paid summer work in a relevant commercial business support or engineering environment, and undertake a different placement each year to increase business understanding, (you will need to cover all necessary living expenses)
- Be part of a world class global organisation
- Be assigned a qualified mentor to offer support throughout your degree and whilst you study towards your professional qualification
- Receive financial assistance through University of a bursary of £2,000 every academic year (split over 3 terms)
The Company is accredited by both the IMechE and the IET to offer the MPDS Scheme to graduate engineers, which allows them to complete their professional development within the Company in order to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). All placements spent in the Company are accredited towards MPDS.
Applicants will be studying a relevant degree (as quoted in the scheme description above), and will:
- Have achieved A-Level grades at A-C
- Have strong social and communication skills to allow them to work effectively in a team based organisation
- Be able to demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm to join a world leading global Company
The Sponsored Student Scheme is now closed for 2013
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Leyland Trucks Training & Development
At the heart of Leyland Trucks/PACCAR Parts lies a commitment to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential at work and this is recognised by being accredited as an Investor in People. As one of the five cornerstones, Training is key to personal and business effectiveness. A wide range of both vocational job related and personal development is available for all employees; please click on the links for more information. Every employee participates in the Personal Development Plan (PDP) programme, where they will identify with their manager their personal and job related training and career aspirations.
The company strongly encourages employees to undertake courses of study that are of benefit to the Company and themselves. Both financial assistance and release from work where necessary is considered for the courses. Courses include such subjects as National/Higher National Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees in Engineering, Business Studies, Human Resources, Transport and Logistics, Management Studies and MBA’s.
In order to ensure all employees are fully skilled and competent to do their job, we offer a wide range of internal work related training courses to assist them in improving and enhancing their skill base. This can be both on-job and off-job training, and includes such things as Health & Safety, Environmental Awareness, Fork Lift Truck Training, Systems Analysis, Pro-Engineer CAD, Maintenance, Six Sigma etc.
To ensure employees continue developing their skills and competency, and also keep abreast of new and developing standards relevant to their specific role, the company offer the opportunity to undertake a wide range of external work related training and includes some of the following, Mechatronics, Instructional Techniques, Managing Safely, Project Management, Pro Engineer, Business System Analysis, Gas Safety, Advanced Engineering, etc.
Entry Level Training
Entry Level Training ensures all new employees are integrated into the company culture and working policy and procedures; this is achieved through a structured programme on day one followed by a departmental induction on subsequent days. Orientation into the company will include the Company Presentation, insight into our culture, procedures and processes, as well as Health & Safety and Environmental topics. A new employee will have their immediate training needs identified in order to assist them in their development and integration from day one.
The company offers every employee £100 per year to study a course at their local further/higher education college or institution. This includes such diverse subjects such as Italian cooking, Spanish, photography and yoga. This is offered in addition to the Assisted Studies and IT courses as detailed separately. For employees with the potential and motivation to progress within the company, we have several initiatives to equip them with the skills required. For assembly operators, we offer Development Assignments into support areas. For high potentials in the support functions, there is a Mentor Scheme.
Professionally qualified people accredited to national standards is a reflection of the quality of our business and product, and we encourage employees to pursue professional qualifications where appropriate. This includes sponsorship towards the achievement of Chartered Engineer status for our sponsored engineering students and graduates on the Managed Professional Development Scheme, accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. It also includes development towards the achievement of membership of other institutions such as the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Institute of Operations, Institute of Leadership & Management.
We also ensure our apprentices are fully accredited to NVQ Level 3 in their chosen vocational area, and Key Skills Level 3 as well as the appropriate academic qualification.
At Leyland we place great emphasis on managerial responsibility and actions. All team leaders, supervisors and managers undertake mandatory training in the following areas:
- Managing Absence
- Managing Discipline & Capability
- Conducting Personal Development Plan interviews
- Equal Opportunities and Diversity
- Business Financial Awareness
- Situational Leadership II
- Managing Marginal Performance
Other courses are available where appropriate, e.g. Recruitment & Selection, Negotiating Skills. We also run development courses for Team Leaders, Key Operators and key people in the business. These courses are accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management and include subjects such as Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Coaching & Delegation and Time Management. All these courses feed into Expectations of a PACCAR Manager, a set of competences relating to managerial performance.
Open Learning Library
The company has an on-site resource library. Internal training courses are held regularly, along with recognition sessions, assessment centres and dealer visits. In addition, a multi station IT Suite plays host to Six Sigma Training and IT classes for employees, in subjects such as the Microsoft Office Suite, European computer Driving Licence and basic computer skills for beginners.
Apprentice Recruitment & Development
Apprenticeships in Engineering are designed to attract bright people into the industry and give them the levels of skills required by employers and a nationally recognised qualification. Leyland Trucks has a long history of recruiting apprentices and many of our current managers and engineers started with the company in this way. Many years ago we even had our own Training School, but as engineering and heavy industry declined, that kind of targeted training by large employers was no longer cost effective and many companies, including Leyland, now rely on external training organisations to provide our apprentice training programmes.
Whilst many companies no longer recruit apprentices, Leyland is bucking that trend, and for the past six years we have been very active in identifying our skill shortages and ensuring we build capacity for the future.
As part of our recruitment campaign, a team of company representatives attend the annual Careers Event at Training 2000 in Blackburn which usually takes place in February each year. All Year 11 students across Lancashire have the opportunity to find out more about engineering as a career at this event as well the specific vacancies available at the time.
The apprentice training programme, now called the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship, is of four years duration and consists of off-the-job training, work based skills training, further education and key skills study. The first 42 weeks of the programme are spent at Training 2000 in Blackburn, which is a fully equipped modern engineering workshop. First year apprentices, as well as gaining an NVQ Level 2 in Performing Manufacturing Operations, will spend a number of weeks covering Fabrication, Mechanical Production, Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, and Technology/Design, gaining an all-round foundation knowledge of basic engineering principles and practices.
The remainder of the three years is spent on site, learning a specific skill such as Maintenance Electrician or Vehicle Mechatronics, attending college one day a week to gain the appropriate technical certificates and gaining an NVQ Level 3 relative to the job.
Throughout the whole programme, our apprentices are mentored, guided and supported by a number of people from both the company and T2000, and at the end of the four years are fully skilled, fully contributing and valuable members of staff.
Our apprentices enjoy great success in terms of achievement, recent awards have included:
- Best Electrical Maintenance Apprentice.
- Best Student award in Health and Safety exam.
- Best Student award for the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering.
The photo shows some of our successful apprentices being presented with their awards by Steve Grey, Chief Executive of Training 2000
The Apprentice intake is now closed for 2013