the art labIn this guest post, Rick Lees, the Managing Director of digital agency, and manufacturing specialists, The Artlab shares information about some of the funding schemes open to North West manufacturers.

Funding helps manufacturers invest in opportunity generating digital projects at a reduced cost.

Unfortunately, getting access to some of these funding schemes can be difficult. Money comes from a mish-mash of different funding providers working across different regions and sectors.

At the moment, I think there are three funding schemes that are particularly good for manufacturers in the North West.

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A series of special Make It school challenges – part funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company – are having a big impact on convincing teenagers that manufacturing could be a career for them.

Run by The Manufacturing Institute, the North West Championship Make It heats were aimed at changing young peoples’ views of the sector.

Running alongside the Institute’s annual series of Make It challenges, which are sponsored by a range of manufacturing companies, more than 1,500 13 and 14 year-olds took part in hands-on events in Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

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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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