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Providing the tools for lean manufacturing excellence

Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing provides proven, practical toolkits for speedy bottom-line gain. This is a results-driven programme for those who want to become lean champions within their own workplace.

Over just 10 weeks of study, you’ll be able to apply tried and tested techniques to optimise the practical processes within your business, driving up profits and enhancing competitiveness. You can even obtain a Lean Manufacturing Fellowship, raising your credibility with customers and suppliers.


If you want to learn how to boost the bottom-line within your business, the Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing provides you with the right set of skills in a short amount of time. The programme is designed for individuals responsible for improving productivity and performance in all sizes of manufacturing companies.

You can join one of the 1000+ manufacturing professionals who have completed the course, creating millions of pounds of productivity gains. No matter what your background or previous experience, as long as you have the desire to drive changes in a manufacturing environment, this course can help you achieve your goals.


  • Learn about the core principles of lean manufacturing
  • Improve your understanding of the true concept of best practice by visiting a world class manufacturing site
  • Increase your standing with suppliers and customers by attaining a Lean Manufacturing Fellowship
  • Help your company create tangible and sustainable benefits from your know-how of efficient procedures
  • Transfer the skills you learn to the rest of your organisation, improving practices across the board
  • Understand the link between culture change and continuous improvement


  • World class manufacturing – understand how culture can be changed within a business through an industry visit
  • Value stream identification and mapping – what are these and how can they help to increase efficiency in your organisation
  • Process mapping and blitz events – gain an insight into these techniques, as well as learning about different leadership styles
  • Problem solving and quality management
  • Build to plan – the reasons for and the differences between planning and scheduling

Lean Fellowship Award:

The Lean Fellowship is an award of The Manufacturing Institute, available to graduates of the Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing programme. ​We offer a recognition scheme based around successful implementation of a work based improvement project which utilises the skills developed on the training days.

The Lean Fellowship Award not only offers formal recognition for the training programme but also offers sponsoring businesses an immediate return on their investment.



Location: Manchester

24th September 2019

Fee: £2950.00 +VAT(Each)

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We had worked with The Manufacturing Institute’s Peter Sussex before and we totally trusted him and liked his style. He’s very easy to get on with and his Shingo knowledge is very good. He knows what he is talking about.

Ray Howcroft - Lean Enterprise manager at Shingo Prize winning Ball Beverage Packaging, Europe

I would recommend the ARTL programme to other manufacturers without question. I liked the venue, I liked the people and I liked the work. It was a very well structured course and ticked all the boxes for me to improve my role at Rettenmaier.

Sean Collinson, Production Manager - Rettenmaier UK Manufacturing Limited

This is the best lean manager’s course that I’ve ever been on. It was excellent and a lot of that was down to the people who were delivering it. They know a lot about our industry and it felt like they were talking directly to us.

Brian McKay, Operations Director - Smurfit Kappa

There were over a 100 kids taking part and every single one was a superstar! It’s a great thing for employers to take part in. I would encourage anyone employed in manufacturing to come and take part in a Make It Challenge. You’ll feel like the stupidest person in the room - but you’ll love it!

John Grimshaw - Manufacturing applications engineer

I would definitely recommend Six Sigma Green Belt if you are heading towards a CI role or a production role.

Andrew Moule, Production Manager - Muller

I would recommend the MSc without doubt and have now got an appetite to continue learning. It’s completely changed my view on leadership and how I present myself to others.

Gavin Thatcher, MD - Stead McAlpin

Newsprinters was the most impressive facility I have seen, and the highlight of the study tour. I was blown away. If I could bottle this up and sell it I would make a fortune. I came away highly motivated. We will steal your ideas with pride.

OpEx study tour delegate

One of the best things about the Diploma is the exceptionally high quality of the deliverers. They are proven industry experts. I also really enjoyed studying with a great bunch of people. I learned as much from the class discussions as the material.

Phil Buxton, Site Crane Equipment Programme Lead - Sellafield

We were doing some work with the Growth Accelerator and they recommended The Manufacturing Institute’s Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing programme. I’ve never been on as course as good – and I’ve been on a lot.

Nick Walker, Operations Manager - Screentek

I would recommend the MSc as it is tailored really well for manufacturers. We actually have three people from the plant doing the MSc and that reflects the emphasis we place on developing our people.

Amanda Perry, Plant Manager - Ecolab


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The Manufacturing Institute are actively involved in the Shingo prize for excellence - an award widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of manufacturing. With our help, organisations can grow and develop to the point where they meet, and even surpass, Shingo prize criteria standards.


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