WHAT WE DO

Over the last 20 years the Manufacturing Institute has educated over 50,000 manufacturers, worked in over 9,000 manufacturing companies across the world, achieved over £1 billion of quality, cost and delivery impacts, worked with 60,000 children through Make IT and introduced Fab Labs in to the UK.

Our story is about hard work, innovation, nurturing talent, sharing experiences and not being afraid to take that first step into the unknown.

We are very proud to share it with you.

Julie Madigan – CEO, The Manufacturing Institute

MAKE IT

Our hands-on, creative and fun school Make It challenges connect young people to local manufacturers to show the types of career paths available within modern manufacturing.

Since 2006, over 40,000 pupils and teachers have been inspired by the campaign.

Would you like to join us and have some fun?

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FAB LAB

Welcome to the Fab Lab one of the most exciting innovations in manufacturing for decades!

Fab Labs digital fabrication laboratories were set up to inspire people to turn their ideas into prototypes and new products by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology.

The UK’s first Fab Lab opened in Manchester in March 2010 and since then over 3,000 small manufacturers, inventors, schools and community groups have enjoyed using it.

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PROFIT PROGRAMME

Calling all North West small and medium manufacturing businesses who are planning for growth and want some FREE help.

The Manufacturing Institute’s Profit Programme has been created to help manufacturers overcome challenges, grow their profits and set themselves up for a successful future.

The Institute funds the £2.4 million Programme, matched by support from the European Regional Development Fund – and it all starts with a completely FREE business review.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Our world class education and training is carried out by manufacturers for manufacturers.

With 20 years of expertise in bringing lessons from the factory floor to the classroom – we know what you need to succeed.

Our aim is simple: to deliver the latest thinking and best practice with the practical know-how and techniques to improve performance in manufacturing businesses across the UK.

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CONSULTANCY

Whatever stage you’re at on the journey to excellence, our manufacturing industry experts have a wealth of experience to help you reach the next level.

Whether it’s a full strategic review, introduction of a new process, performance-boosting training from shop floor to boardroom, or an operational assessment to benchmark against your global competitors, we have a solution.

We’re looking forward to putting 20 years of expertise and success at your disposal.

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CASE STUDIES

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Masters makes waves for Steve Bamber

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)...

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Andy Payne

No Payne, no gain for Andy

As Head of Manufacturing for the Astute Submarine Programme at BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness, some might say Andy Payne has no need for a Masters in Manufacturing...

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Manufacturing Masters transforms graduate into manufacturing leader

Completing his MSc in Manufacturing Leadership transformed Matthew Byrom into a confident professional with five promotions under his belt.

He began the course as a graduate trainee and had secured...

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11 Years, 6 Promotions!

Chemtura Production Operations Manager Chris Babbitt is the first to admit that he was a ‘cruiser’ at school and only did what he needed to do to get by.

When...

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Lee makes a splash thanks to The Manufacturing Institute

When he won a promotion at work, Lee Dooling turned to The Manufacturing Institute to provide the skills and training he needed...

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Graham Finnigan

Graham bakes up a Lean treat

Completing the Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing (ARTL) course has given Graham Finnigan the tools, understanding and the confidence he needs to thrive in his new role at one...

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Manufacturing courses pack a punch for Rachael

Rachael Wignall knows more than most people about the quality of training provided by The Manufacturing Institute. She’s successfully completed three separate courses since 2006, and was crowned ‘Young...

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Linda sees improvement in team leading skills

When Linda Evans was asked to sign up for a Team Leader development programme she wasn’t sure what to expect.

Linda, 48, is a team leader at Oldham-based James Briggs,...

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Terry Feeley

Diploma takes Terry to Brussels – and back again

Terry Feeley has good reason to look back with pride on his Diploma in Manufacturing from The Manufacturing Institute.

Not only did it take him from a factory floor in...

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Vicky Everett

Vicky strikes a balance with the Diploma

Vicky Everett credits her Diploma in Manufacturing not only with improving her skills and knowledge, but also with opening up previously out-of-reach career opportunities.

Currently approaching the half-way mark of...

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Diploma delivers triple whammy for Paul

Three promotions in five years saw Paul Grattidge rise from a Group Leader on the shop floor to Head of Quality, Environment, and Health and Safety at Siemens. A...

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Former goalkeeper moves into Premier League of management

Within eight years of finishing his course with the Manufacturing Institute, Darren Mitcheson had been promoted three times and moved from Burnley to China, to head up...

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Quotes

  • “The Profit Programme has transformed our approach to how we grow our business”
    Movetech UK
  • "The Profit Programme free business review has created a wave of change for our company. It's the most valuable advice I have received in years. We are already implementing some of the recommendations and are taking advantage of further subsidised coaching days”
    DAVINDER LOTAY, DIRECTOR, ALTIMEX LTD
  • "We need great talent to help deliver our future growth plans and the Make It events are the single best opportunity for us to engage with young people close to our business. I fully expect that we will be recruiting some of the young people attending our Make It challenge in years to come."
    Nick Mulhall, Managing Director, Survitec Birkenhead

Blog

Frank Hayden joins The Manufacturing Institute

One of Europe's leading industrialists has joined The Manufacturing Institute as an Associate Partner. Frank Hayden has led the strategic and ... Find out more

The Manufacturing Manifesto

Manufacturing Institute CEO Dr Julie Madigan has welcomed a pre-election Manufacturing Manifesto aimed at boosting the sector but sounded a ... Find out more

Lancashire schools in Dragons' Den challenge

Budding young manufacturers from across Lancashire are set to do battle in a schools challenge with a difference. The BAE Systems ... Find out more

“How do I...?” training courses 2015

The "How do I...?" training courses are back. One Saturday each month they will focus on learning the basic processes used ... Find out more

Chris Merriman joins The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute has welcomed another recognised leader in continuous improvement, innovation and change management to its top team of ... Find out more

Events

Discover Excellence

Jaguar Land Rover, Liverpool

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Over two intensive days you will see why the Shingo Model is the Global Standard for Operational Excellence and how you can adopt the key principles and apply them in your business.

Price: £950.00

Make It with BAE Systems

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

10th February 2015

Students will learn what its like to work for a global Manufacturing company! 

Students from 14 schools across Lancashire will compete in the BAE Systems Make It Enterprising Challenge, a collaboration between The Manufacturing Institute and BAE Systems, a global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land and at sea.

Price: Free Event

Sales and Marketing Masterclass

Carrington Business Park

18th February 2015

This workshop will invigorate your business planning processes by facilitating a deep analysis of your company’s customers, markets, competitors, values and overarching purpose. By cementing the foundation of why you are in business you will be better able to plan, navigate and execute your journey to growth and success.

Price: £200.00

Discover Excellence

DePuySynthes (Ireland)

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Over two intensive days you will see why the Shingo Model is the Global Standard for Operational Excellence and how you can adopt the key principles and apply them in your business.

Price: £950.00

Stay ahead with New Product Development

Fab Lab Manchester

5th March 2015

Held at Fab Lab, a revolutionary 3D design and make workshop, this course highlights how to improve and advance your product offering through original thinking.  During the day you will experience and understand how to generate a culture of creativity that will embed innovation across your company.

Price: £200.00