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What Should You Look For In A Manufacturing Industry Course?

19th July 2018

The manufacturing industry is constantly evolving, with new theories and tools regularly introduced into best practice measures. The sector is in the midst of exciting times, as technology continues to push the boundaries of what businesses are capable of.

With so much going on within the industry at such an astonishing speed, you need to take the necessary steps to keep pace. The very best manufacturers are the ones who never stop learning.

By enrolling on a manufacturing course, you’ll not only acquire essential knowledge about the manufacturing sector, you’ll also benefit from support and guidance from some of the brightest minds in the business.

Of course, you need to choose wisely when you select a manufacturing course. Here are a few reasons why you should opt for The Manufacturing Industry as your education provider.

Who we work with

At The Manufacturing Institute, we pride ourselves on our ability to help absolutely any business, as well as any individual or team within it.

Since 1994, we have worked with startups and huge corporations alike, developing programmes that put them in a position where they can excel and push forwards. Every business is different, which is why we prioritise a tailored training approach in every instance.

We also collaborate with a small number of carefully chosen partners in excellence. This ensures we continue to deliver the very best standards across our educational courses.

One such partner is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who work closely alongside The Manufacturing Institute experts to conduct the latest industry-leading research. We also have strong ties with Lancaster University, teaming up to develop the highly esteemed MSc in Manufacturing Leadership qualification.

And, of course, we remain extremely well connected to the Shingo Institute. In fact, we were this organisation’s first European partner, and have cemented a strong relationship with this operational excellence leader over the subsequent years.

This affiliation gives us the tools and knowledge required to provide the best possible Shingo support to our clients, reflected in the fact that we have helped more people achieve the Shingo Prize than any other.

Proven value

The Manufacturing Institute have worked with more than 10,000 organisations over the past 25 years, generating more than £2bn worth of results. We’re committed to helping every organisation in the manufacturing sector through a variety of means, including best practice visits and study tours.

Our educational courses, too, have proven time and time again to be an invaluable investment for businesses of all sizes. When you choose to pursue an educational course through The Manufacturing Institute, you’ll also enjoy exceptional value for money.

All proceeds from course fees are put back into The Manufacturing Institute, funding our charitable endeavours within the industry and helping us to provide first-class education across the world.

We also continue to add value to the industry by actively involving ourselves in the community, holding Make It Campaign events, celebrating achievements in manufacturing, running Fab Lab workshops, and championing the sector in whichever way we can.

Our aim is to inspire, educate and improve, and we broadcast all our latest events and campaigns across our social channels and blog – keeping everyone up to date with the industry’s big news, trends and what we have been doing as an organisation.

Sign up for a course at The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute have courses and qualifications available from entry level through to the highest possible industry accolades.

These include Six Sigma courses, including both Six Sigma Black Belt (taking delegates to expert practitioner level) and Six Sigma Green Belt (exploring the DMAIC methodology and key factors for successful change management).

Our Accelerated Route To Lean Manufacturing programme is another popular course for supporting improvement, taking place over a rapid time period to turn you into a lean champion in just 10 weeks.

We also have a series of Shingo workshops, offering participants insight into the key principles of enterprise excellence. These include:

An introduction to the Shingo Model with on-site learning.

  • Shingo Cultural Enablers Workshop

Integration of classroom and on-site experiences.

  • Shingo Continuous Improvement Workshop

Advanced three-day workshop designed to build upon prior knowledge and experience of operational excellence.

  • Shingo Enterprise Alignment & Results Workshop

Offers a deeper exploration of the Shingo Model by focusing on the principles identified in both the Enterprise Alignment and Results dimension.

Developing people is another area we specialise in here at The Manufacturing Institute, and our Team Leader Development Programme is the perfect course for anyone looking to acquire the skills and knowledge to inspire their staff. This course teaches everything you need to know to make an unforgettable impact on the manufacturing floor.

Our most comprehensive course of all is our MSc in Manufacturing Leadership, offered in association with Lancaster University. Participants engage in study for a year and emerge as master’s degree holders, earning invaluable advice from some of the world’s best manufacturers in the process.

Get in touch with our team today

There’s every kind of course to choose from here at The Manufacturing Institute, so no matter what you’re trying to achieve as an organisation, we will be able to offer you the kind of academic and practical support you need to reach your goals.

Contact The Manufacturing Institute today for more information about our educational courses or to find out about how we are continuing to help businesses within the industry. Our team will be able to answer all your questions.

We’re available on +44 (0) 161 875 2525 or


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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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