Mark Leeson – Operations Director, The Manufacturing Institute

Applications are now being taken for a new Level 7 Masters level apprenticeship aimed at manufacturing leaders.

The Manufacturing Institute and Lancaster University Management School have joined forces to develop the programme which will be open to employees from large businesses under the new Apprenticeship Levy.

It is also open to SME employees with 90 per cent of the cost covered by the government.

The Manchester-based Institute has used more than 20 years of expertise working with manufacturers across the UK and around the world to help create the new qualification with Lancaster University’s Management School.

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To be awarded the prestigious Shingo Prize at the very first attempt is a fantastic achievement.

Ray Howcroft, Lean Enterprise manager at Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, is still basking in the sheer delight of lifting the most coveted prize in lean – with some help from The Manufacturing Institute.

Ball’s Naro Fominsk site just outside Moscow makes Ends for Beverage Can production and was highly praised for creating an employee culture which should be an “inspiration” to other companies.

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Neil Ralph, Director of degree apprenticeships at Lancaster University Management School

Neil Ralph, Director of degree apprenticeships at Lancaster University Management School

The Manufacturing Institute and Lancaster University Management School are joining forces to offer a Masters level apprenticeship aimed at manufacturing leaders.

The Manchester-based Institute has used more than 20 years of expertise working with manufacturers across the UK and around the world to help create the new qualification with Lancaster University’s Management School.

The new level 7 programme will be open to employees from large businesses under the new Apprenticeship Levy and also open to SME employees with 90 per cent of the cost covered by the government.

The programme will start in October this year and will be taught through block release and evening tuition with a focus on applying everything learned back in the workplace.

Said Neil Ralph, Director of degree apprenticeships at Lancaster University Management School: “This fantastic programme gives people an opportunity to combine academic and vocational learning. It is perfect for practicing managers to underpin their experience with a masters degree from one of the top ten Universities in the UK.

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Alistair Toward, operations director at architectural lighting company ACDC, couldn’t be happier with the way his team responded to new skills and knowledge they picked up on The Manufacturing Institute’s Accelerated Route to Lean course.

“They found 6 or 7 things that saved us between £30 and £40k straight away. It was an amazing start,” said Alistair who has been at ACDC since 2011.

“The team who went on the ARTL course then presented a plan to the board to re-shape the shop floor which will cost £100,000 in staged payments but it could increase our capacity by up to £40m.

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Just some of the comments from our latest Team Leader Development Programme delegates who have just completed their 8-week course.

With modules covering everything from leadership to law to health and safety, the programme is aimed at helping team leaders achieve more and improve their confidence.

All delegates are supported by mentors from their companies who also attended the end of course presentations at Carrington Business Park near Manchester.

Said Tim Harford from Waters who was mentoring team leaders Justin Neeves and Mo Foroughi: “It’s been great.  You’ve unleashed some monsters! But seriously, it’s been great to see the changes in our guys. As a mentor I’ve been very busy keeping up with all the ideas they’ve been bringing back to the office.”

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