The Pursuit of Excellence

The Manufacturing Institute is passionate about manufacturing.

Over the last 21 years, we’ve shared that passion with more than 15,000 businesses, delivering more than £2 billion worth of measurable results for our customers.

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

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

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

Our practitioners have all worked in manufacturing at senior levels and their years of experience can help transform your business.

It’s the best investment you’ll ever make.

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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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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Profit

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 Leadership....

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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.

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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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Paul Grattidge - Siemens

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 his...

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Quotes

  • "The mixture of presentations with interactive discussions makes for an interesting learning experience"
    Charles Day
  • "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
  • "The MSc course has been challenging but very rewarding and it has provided me the skills to challenge some of the priorities and behaviours within my company"
    Darren Johnston
  • "The MSc is Excellent! It's opened up new ideas and I'm sure it will help with my promotion prospects and employability"
    Gavin Thatcher
  • "Each module on the MSc is unique to manufacturing and encourages best practises and to use your work as the basis for all assignments by the 3rd module the courses has paid for itself"
    Joanna Payne
  • "I enjoy the learning opportunity and interaction with people from other industries. The MSc will & has provided me with a deeper insight in to manufacturing"
    Johnathon Fretwell

Blog

The Manufacturing Institute - Announcement

Dr Julie Madigan, CEO of the North West-based Manufacturing Institute for 20 years, is leaving to seek a fresh challenge. Dr Madigan ... Find out more

Record Customer Satisfaction

The Manufacturing Institute is celebrating record customer satisfaction scores across its education, training and consultancy programmes for the third consecutive ... Find out more

West Cheshire Teenagers Compete in Dragon's Den Challenge

Teams of school students across West Cheshire battled it out in the Essar Make It Enterprise Challenge on the 23rd ... Find out more

The BAE Systems Make It Challenge 9th February - Winner's Story

We really enjoyed ourselves at the BAE Systems Make It Challenge. It was a great experience that introduced us to ... Find out more

What is VSM?

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a form of big picture analysis, developed to help businesses identify the best areas to ... Find out more

Events

Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Price: £595.00

Six Sigma Green Belt

Price: £3200.00

Make It with Survitec

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

24th May 2016

Students are invited to come to the rescue in manufacturing challenge! 

Merseyside, Wirral and Cheshire teenagers are set to come to the rescue of victims of natural disasters, war zones, or other troubles, when they compete in the Survitec Make It Challenge on 24th May at Liverpool Football Club.

Price: Free Event

Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Price: £595.00

Make It with Plastipak

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

24th June 2016

A chance for students to learn how to Make It in Manufacturing! 

Students from 12 schools across North East Wales will battle it out in the Plastipak Make It Enterprise Challenge, a collaboration between The Manufacturing Institute and Plastipak, the leading designer, developer & manufacturer of PET packaging in Europe. 

Price: Free Event