We were chosen as a team of 8 by our Business Studies teacher to take part in this exciting competition to take the opportunity to experience the world of manufacturing and develop our enterprise skills. We were excited in the lead up to the event and on the day we were eager to get involved in the activities put before us.

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Written by Miranda King, Nicola Ayoo and Jemima Laniado from Withington Girls’ School Year 10.

On Tuesday 28th June, we took part in the ‘Kellogg’s Make it Enterprise Challenge’ at the AJ Bell stadium in Trafford Park. We were greeted by apprentices from the local Kellogg’s factory and shown to our table where there was a huge selection of cereal bars and other snacks for us to indulge in. The task was introduced to us and we were given 2 ½ hours to design a new breakfast cereal, its branding and the factory which it would be produced in.

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MSc – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1-Which University accredits the MSc in Manufacturing Leadership?

The MSc in Manufacturing Leadership is accredited by Lancaster University Management School – ranked in the UK’s top ten and among the world’s top 100 business schools.

Q2-How long does it take to study for an MSc in Manufacturing Leadership?

It is taught part-time over two years, with a further eight months to complete a dissertation based research in to a real problem or issue faced by your own business. Our MSc is designed to let you learn and work at the same time.

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Nick Walker - Screentek

The family firm, which started out in business in 2002, has made some amazing improvements since they started out on their lean journey in 2013. Nick started out in the packing department at the ambitious Lancashire company when he was 18 after he realised a degree in computing wasn’t for him. He’s worked his way up from packing supervisor, to looking after sales, orders and purchasing, to operations supervisor and has now been operations manager for 18 months.

Says Nick: “I seem to have moved up every two years and have worked in most areas of the business.

“We were doing some work with the Growth Accelerator and they recommended The Manufacturing Institute’s Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing programme. I’ve never been on a course as good – and I’ve been on a lot.”

The 10 week course, and funding for new equipment, kick-started a series of impressive improvements that have resulted in:

  • Nearly 65% increase in productivity.
  • In December 2015 more net sales were generated than the previous December – but manufacturing hours went down by 1,344.
  • Stock levels reduced by almost 16% by working closely with suppliers and introducing a Kanban system.
  • Nick’s hard work on the ARTL programme, and the projects he has led at Screentek since have earned him the prestigious Lean Manufacturing Fellowship.

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The skills shortage in manufacturing and engineering is real, urgent and needs tackling now.

That was the overriding message from The Spectator’s Power of Manufacturing forum in London this week.

The event brought together industry giants from BAE, Jaguar Land Rover, Iain Wright MP, chair of the Business, Innovation & Skills Select Committee, industry commentators from UKTI, PwC, The Manufacturing Institute, and a team of new apprentices to discuss the future of manufacturing.

In his keynote address Ian Wright said that it was time to get rid of the “ridiculous, artificial and ludicrous notion” that so-called failures should be pushed towards apprenticeships.

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