Not only has he completed and passed The Manufacturing Institute’s Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing Programme, he has also been awarded a prestigious Lean Manufacturing Fellowship.

The extra accolade is for a project at his Rettenmaier UK Manufacturing Limited plant near Nottingham which demonstrates the application of lean principles leading to measurable improvement outcomes.

Said Sean: “I would recommend the ARTL programme to other manufacturers without question. I liked the venue, I liked the people and I liked the work. It was a very well structured course and ticked all the boxes for me to improve my role at Rettenmaier.

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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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Steve Bamber felt the benefits of his Masters in Manufacturing Leadership even before he’d finished his studies, securing a promotion from Head of Manufacturing to Head of Operations (Astute) with a year of the course still to run.

Now responsible for over 600 men working on the £5 billion Astute submarine programme at BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness, Steve says the knowledge and insights he gained through the Masters made a significant contribution to his promotion.

“I’m convinced it had a big part to play. It definitely enhanced my understanding of leadership, and how to apply different leadership strategies in different contexts, whether it’s a small management team or the whole workforce,” says Steve.

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