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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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

How to spot if your CI project is in trouble

Bill Tiplady can spot the sure-fire signs that all is not well with a CI initiative with just a quick ... Find out more

Graduating in style!

Graduates from our Professional Diploma in Manufacturing, Certificate in Manufacturing Management, and our Lean Manufacturing Fellowship gathered at Manchester’s Hilton ... Find out more

See Shingo Excellence in action at Leyland Trucks

Shingo Discover delegates will get a warm welcome to the Leyland Trucks Lancashire site, the opportunity for go, look, sees ... Find out more

Sheffield teenagers triumph in our first Make It Challenge in the city

The winners of our very first Sheffield Make It Challenge were a team of pupils from Newfield Secondary School in ... Find out more

Celebrating our manufacturing heroes

Hundreds of manufacturers gathered at Manchester’s Midland hotel for the second Works Management Manufacturing Champions conference. Sponsored by The Manufacturing Institute ... Find out more

Events

Six Sigma Black Belt

Carrington, Manchester

22nd February 2016

Increase your Six Sigma capability to expert practitioner level

Price: £1900.00

Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Carrington, Manchester

8th March 2016

Two day introduction to Six Sigma methodology

Price: £595.00

Lean Leadership

How2 Workshop

Salads to Go - Skelmersdale

21st March 2016

The role of the leader in a lean environment is pivotal, get it right and amazing results are possible.

Price: £495.00

How to Value Stream Map

How2 Workshop

Zebra Technologies - Preston, Lancashire

22nd March 2016

A 2 day workshop for delegates who want to see Value Stream Mapping applied to a real company in real time.

Price: £595.00

Accelerated Route to Lean

Carrington, Manchester

19th April 2016

Providing the tools for lean manufacturing excellence

Price: £2950.00