The Manufacturing Institute

Who we are and what we do

The Manufacturing Institute was established to professionalise the UK’s manufacturing sector and attract more talent into the industry through education, training and onsite support.

More than 25 years later, these objectives remain at the heart of our mission. We were founded by manufacturers, for manufacturers, so our experience, expertise and dedication run deep, from helping SMEs to optimise their potential, to supporting some of the biggest global manufacturing brands to achieve their objectives.

Delivering large national support programmes such as the Manufacturing Advisory Service and several European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded initiatives enabled us to achieve significant early growth, as we supported manufacturers across the North West to increase their productivity, efficiency and competitiveness.

It also provided us with the insights and resources to develop our organisation into the agile, commercially focused business it is today.

Achievements To Be Proud Of

Our achievements have included our ground-breaking Make It campaign, which educated young people across the UK about the rich and varied manufacturing careers available to them, even spreading as far as the Middle East. The campaign helped to produce a pipeline of enthusiastic, talented candidates for recruiters, rejuvenating British manufacturing with two eyes firmly on the future.

Similarly, our world-class education and training services combine the latest thinking, best practice from the factory floor and practical insights to enable learners to not only strengthen their own capabilities, but also improve the performance of their employer’s business.

Many of our courses, which include leadership development, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and Shingo, are tailored to specific business needs, with employees from the same organisation studying alongside each other without leaving the workplace.

We deliver a range of on-site support services to manufacturers, too. These are delivered by industry experts who have worked in manufacturing businesses of all sizes and sectors, who know what it takes to successfully introduce and, importantly, sustain any change programme, whatever the scale.

Manufacturing Milestones

As the Manufacturing Institute has evolved, we are proud to have achieved several significant milestones on our journey.

We brought the FabLab concept to the UK. Fab Labs are the educational outreach component of MIT’s Centre for Bits and Atoms (CBA), a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent. We opened the UK’s first Fab Lab, in Ancoats, Manchester, and the technology we introduced is now standard across schools, universities and public spaces.

We were also the first European licensed affiliate of the Shingo Institute, global leaders in the Shingo model of operational excellence. We have since supported more organisations on their journeys to Shingo recognition than any other affiliate in Europe. Our 10-year partnership continues to thrive, shaping the support we offer manufacturers across the globe.

In line with our mission to deliver the very best in specialist, manufacturing-focused education and training, we launched an MSc in Manufacturing Leadership, in partnership with Lancaster University Management School. Over 70% of learners on the course have progressed to higher level jobs on graduation, and we continue to work closely with Lancaster to refine our education provision and develop new programmes together.

We are firm believers in the power of partnership and collaboration. We host annual conferences throughout the UK, where senior leaders from across the globe come to network, inspire others and celebrate manufacturing. Conferences continue to be an integral part of our strategy going forward, as we seek to change attitudes, challenge traditional thinking and drive change.

Ready For Tomorrow’s Challenges

In 2017, The Manufacturing Institute became part of The Growth Company, which helps to develop communities by boosting employment, skills, investment and enterprise for the benefit of all.

Today, we are a small, dedicated team, committed to delivering our very best to support the UK’s manufacturing sector. We never put anyone in front of our customers who does not have first-hand industry experience at the highest level. It’s all part of our mission to help manufacturers gain the skills, training and knowledge to overcome challenges, increase their competitiveness and thrive in the 21st century.