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Two routes now available to secure a Manufacturing Masters Qualification!

Applications are now being taken for a new Level 7 Masters level apprenticeship aimed at manufacturing leaders.

The Manufacturing Institute and Lancaster University Management School have joined forces to develop the programme which will be open to employees from large businesses under the new Apprenticeship Levy.

The Manufacturing Institute will continue to deliver their prestigious MSc in Manufacturing Leadership programme  in parallel to the level 7 apprenticeship for companies in Wales, Scotland and the UK who have different apprenticeship funding arrangements.


The MSc in Manufacturing Leadership is designed for current or future senior managers in both small and large manufacturing businesses, such as middle or senior managers, heads of departments or divisions, directors and CEO’s.

You’ll need several years of manufacturing experience, preferably backed by a degree or professional qualification. Experience is more important than formal qualifications though.

So if you don’t have a degree but can demonstrate the experience, enthusiasm and the ability required for a Masters course, we’d love to hear from you.


  • Development of the essential leadership skills needed to create global competitive advantage.
  • Understand how to make ideas work, establish effective communication and managerial processes and methodologies.
  • Identify and analyse real manufacturing problems and work out how to resolve them.
  • A rare opportunity to share best practice and ideas with other manufacturing top achievers.
  • A flexible approach to learning with limited time away from the workplace.
  • An elite programme designed by manufacturers who understand world-class operations.
  • Delivered by experts from several of the UK’s top universities


  • Brings the best in global thinking from over 30 consultancies and manufacturing’s top names in to your business
  • A powerful succession planning tool to support and develop your future leaders
  • Implementation of in-house business improvement projects
  • Significant financial benefits through the application of new skills and insights
  • Introduction of new thinking, approaches, tools, and techniques into your business
  • Insights in to other top manufacturing businesses.
  • Course completed with minimum disruption to working week.
  • Opportunity to develop valued employees without degree-level education.



Location: Manchester

26th September 2019

Fee: £13500.00 +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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