Today 650 apprentices start work at Toyota's plant in Derbyshire.
Recruits are being trained to help staff meet production demands on the next generation of the Auris model at the firm's site in Burnaston.
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The kind gesture touched the hearts of many who shared and retweeted words of support for the officer on Twitter.
Two workers were forced into a back office as the robbers tried to force their way into a safe, police say.