The Manufacturing Institute is celebrating record customer satisfaction scores across all of its programmes.

The Manchester-based Institute has been delivering training an education programmes to manufacturers from businesses large and small for 23 years.

And the team have continued to build on their exceptional levels of customer satisfaction scores across their ever-popular courses which include Six Sigma, Accelerated Route to Lean, the Team Leader Development Programme and Shingo Discovery workshops.

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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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As the election draws near, it is worth asking what the mind boggling array of possible outcomes will bring for manufacturing? 

Cast your mind back to 2010 and you may recall a repeated emphasis on the desperate need to rebalance our economy away from its ill fated reliance on the financial services sector.

The sudden realisation that exporting more tangible goods, making more of our own manufactured goods and thus importing less would have a significant impact on the current account dawned.

Indeed, key economic commentators at the time stated that a 10% increase in exporting and a 10% decrease in importing would wipe out the current account deficit.

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