Our world class education and training is carried out by manufacturers for manufacturers.

With over 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.

At the end of your course, you’ll emerge with the tools, the insights and the confidence to not only strengthen your own capabilities, but also to improve the performance of your employer, and help lay the foundations for the UK’s manufacturing success for decades to come.


Shop floor Improvements

Would you like the skills and expertise to apply sophisticated improvement tools, identify inefficiencies and change behaviours to transform business performance within your organisation? If so, take a look at our range business improvement courses.

Team Leader Development Programme

Helping team leaders achieve their full potential

Team leaders are on the frontline of every manufacturing business, so it’s vital they’re equipped with the skills and knowledge to help drive the team forward and achieve performance goals.

If you’re looking to improve your management and leadership skills, our Team Leader Development Programme will give you the know-how required to make an impact on the shop floor, enhancing the output of your staff and adding value to your business. Combining lean manufacturing techniques with the interpersonal skills required to be an effective leader.

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Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing

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.

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Six Sigma

Our Six Sigma training courses are 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.

Six Sigma Yellow Belt

This two-day introduction to Six Sigma provides an overview of the DMAIC (Define Measure Analyse Improve Control) improvement methodology and covers the basic tools of variation reduction, problem-solving and quality improvement. If you’re seeking to become familiar with the language of Six Sigma and needing to contribute to Six Sigma improvement projects as a team member or process owner, then Yellow Belt is perfect for you.

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Six Sigma Green Belt

Our Six Sigma Green Belt programme is designed for those wishing to lead successful Six Sigma project teams within their current role at all levels within the organisation. It explores the DMAIC methodology and a wide range of Six Sigma problem-solving tools including descriptive and inferential statistical methods in order to achieve sustainable improvements. The course includes a selection of lean tools as well as key factors for successful change management.

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Six Sigma Black Belt

Our new Six Sigma Black Belt programme is for those taking a lead role in Six Sigma application and deployment within their organisations. The course covers a wide range of essential and advanced Six Sigma tools and methods taking delegates to expert practitioner level, enabling them to lead critical and challenging improvement projects and coach individuals and teams in order to achieve rapid, effective and sustainable results.

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Creating Leaders

Diploma in Manufacturing Management

We want to help prepare a new generation of manufacturers to take on the challenges of the future. No matter what sort of manufacturing business you work in, or what level of formal education you achieved, we can give you the skills to succeed.

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MSc Manufacturing Leadership

Are you currently a manager but gaps in your skills and knowledge are preventing you moving further up the ladder? Our MSc in Manufacturing Leadership is designed to develop high-calibre manufacturing leaders with the ability to champion enterprise.

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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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Operations Manager Nick Walker is on a lean mission at office furniture manufacturer Screentek

The family firm, which started out in business in 2002, has made some amazing improvements since they started out on their lean journey in 2013. Nick started at in the packing department at the ambitious Lancashire company when he was 18 after he realised a degree in computing wasn’t for him.

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MSc Manufacturing Leadership – Frequently Asked Questions

MSc – Frequently Asked Questions
Q1-Which University accredits the MSc in Manufacturing Leadership?

The MSc in Manufacturing Leadership is accredited by Lancaster University Management School – ranked in the UK’s top ten and among the world’s top 100 business schools.

Q2-How long does it take to study for an MSc in Manufacturing Leadership?

It is taught part-time over two years, with a further eight months to complete a dissertation based research in to a …

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