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Start out on your journey to Operational Excellence

This course is designed for practical, real-world application, to deliver change quickly and sustainably. The skills can be applied to improve any area of business performance: quality, productivity, cost within manufacturing, supply chain or support functions. Although the programme is primarily focus on six sigma, it also includes a range of techniques within lean and TPM, giving students the broadest possible tool kit and the flexibility to draw on the learning outcomes to deliver maximum return on  investment.

The course also explores the softer skills of successful change – leadership and influence, facilitation and session design and dealing with constraints. As well as learning the skills for themselves, delegates are also given examples and exercises for introducing the techniques to their project teams, better equipping them to roll out across the organisation. It’s equally applicable for businesses with established improvement infrastructure and those just starting out on their journey to Operational Excellence.


Managers and team leaders looking to enhance their understanding of the Six Sigma methodology. Usually you will have a key role in the Six Sigma project delivery team and may be in a role such as:

  • Continuous improvement
  • Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Operations
  • Quality


Part 1 (3 Days)

  • Six Sigma overview
  • How Six Sigma links with lean
  • Introduction to the Six Sigma DMAIC process
  • Basic statistics and principles of variation
  • Introduction to Minitab
  • Project charters
  • Cause and effect analysis
  • Process mapping
  • Data collection

Part 2 (3 days)

  • Project progress reviews
  • Gauge repeatability and reproducibility
  • Process capability analysis
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Graphical analysis of input/output variables
  • Stratification techniques
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Using the data to change behaviours

Part 3 (4 days)

  • Project progress reviews
  • Introduction to hypothesis testing (Anova, Regression, Chi Squared, T-Tests)
  • Generating and selecting solutions
  • Optimisation of critical x’s
  • Mistake proofing
  • Process control
  • How to make Six Sigma sustainable



Location: Manchester

14th May 2019

Fee: £3200.00 +VAT(Each)

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Location: Manchester

5th November 2019

Fee: £3200.00 +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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