The Pursuit of Excellence

The Manufacturing Institute is passionate about manufacturing and the pursuit of excellence. 

Over the last 20 years, we’ve shared that passion with more than 10,000 businesses, delivering more than £1 billion worth of measurable results for our customers. 

We are an independent charity – our primary focus is to support and improve the manufacturing sector through training, education and consultancy.

The depth of experience and insight we offer cannot be surpassed. Our approach hinges on education – making sure that you can sustain every change we help to introduce.

We know manufacturing inside out. We understand the challenges and the opportunities.

We believe every UK manufacturer has the potential to outperform its rivals.

Lets make it happen. Together.

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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Pharmaserve’s Emma is flying high!

One of the stars of our new superhero campaign is Emma Jones, Production Section Head at Pharmaserve (North West) Ltd, who is currently studying on our Diploma in Manufacturing.

Emma, 25,...

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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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Lean Fellowship pays off in performance improvements for Berwin Polymer

Rubber compound specialist Berwin Polymer has improved performance on one of its busiest production lines, thanks to the results of a project led by Victoria Cable, despatch co-ordinator at...

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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

Congratulations to our latest Make It winners!

Congratulations to Whalley Range 11-18 High School in Manchester for winning our latest schools Make It challenge. The 8-strong team did ... Find out more

Meet Toby Adamson - our programme delivery manager

Toby, 33, worked for Trafford Council for five years before joining The Manufacturing Institute. He was a Data Analyst in the ... Find out more

A celebration of manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute was delighted to sponsor the recent Made In the North West Awards held by North West Business ... Find out more

Profit Programme success for Apeks Marine

By Bill Tiplady. Process Improvement Practitioner, The Manufacturing Institute.   "We did a piece of work recently at Apeks Marine which looked at ... Find out more

Are you a Manufacturing Champion?

By Julie Madigan, CEO, The Manufacturing Institute. "We are at the start of a new Government and hopefully a new focus ... Find out more

Events

The Helsby High School Make It Challenge

In-School Make It Challenge Event

2nd & 3rd July 2015

Helsby High School in Cheshire are bringing Make It to their doorstep! 

This July Helsby High School's Year 9 students will compete against one another in their very own Make It Enterprise Challenge. The students will be tested on their creativity, teamworking abilitlies and their enterprising skills and qualities.

Price: Free Event

Discover Excellence

Newsprinters, Knowsley

7th & 8th July 2015

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

MSc in Manufacturing Leadership

The Manufacturing Institute

24th September 2015

Developing tomorrow's manufacturing leaders

Are you looking to take your knowledge and understanding of manufacturing to a new level? To refine your existing skills while gaining new insights and practical theories you can apply in your work?  If so, our MSc in Manufacturing Leadership is for you.

Price: £13500.00

Certificate: Manufacturing Operations

Carrington, Manchester

30th September 2015

Expanding your manufacturing horizons

Price: £5000.00

Diploma in Manufacturing

Carrington, Manchester

30th September 2015

Training a new generation of manufacturing champions

Our Professional Diploma in Manufacturing is ideal for managers looking to gain an in-depth understanding of the management, operational and people skills necessary to succeed in today’s challenging manufacturing environment.

Price: £8500.00