The Manufacturing Institute

Who we are and what we do

A specialist manufacturing support organisation – we work with everyone from ambitious SMEs to global brands, delivering specialist training, leadership development and onsite consultancy to help manufacturers improve their business performance.

Our Approach

We work tirelessly to find the very best manufacturing talent to support your business – we look for the perfect mix of industry experience and ability to transfer knowledge for sustainable application without reliance on an external partner. All our practitioners and coaches are experts in their field and have worked at senior levels in industry.

Our Operational Excellence Model of Choice

There are a number of models available for companies to benchmark improvement initiatives and performance outputs against. Our Model of choice is the Shingo Model – in 2008 we became the first European Affiliate and have gone on to support more companies to recognition than any other Affiliate outside of the Americas.

The Shingo Model is a perfect fit for the Manufacturing Institute as it focuses on sustainable change – recognising that tools, systems, results and culture are critical to success and crucially the model explores the importance of the relationship between them.

Supporting the sector with our groundbreaking digital Apprenticehip Levy Transfer service

Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and have unused apprenticeship funds can support smaller employers who want to receive a transfer. Most people would agree this is better than it being returned to the Treasury. It presents a real opportunity to grow talent in the sector.

Levy-paying employers can transfer a maximum amount of 25% of their annual funds and be used to pay for the training and assessment cost of the apprenticeships agreed with the receiving employer

Our free digital service matches levy payers throughout England with smaller businesses requiring support for apprenticeship training costs in Greater Manchester and Essex County.

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The Relationship Between Culture Change And Continuous Improvement

When it comes to any type of improvement, a good culture is crucial. After all, your efforts won’t get you very far if your overall business environment isn’t right. Continuous improvement flourishes in a culture where people can openly discuss how they feel and share their thoughts when things don’t work out as planned. In… Read more

An Overview Of Organisational Excellence And The Shingo Model

For a business to be successful, it must never stop improving. Yet such continuous improvement is far from easy – in fact, 95% of lean implementations fail to sustain. This is something our Leadership and Enterprise Excellence Coach, George Donaldson, has experienced first hand. Here, he provides an overview of how the Shingo Model helps… Read more

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I am not on site at the moment, can I still do this course?

Yes, all our courses are delivered securely online, and you will be given login details. We have redesigned all of our courses to suit a virtual environment, while maintaining the interactivity of face-to-face classroom delivery.

What sort of equipment do I need to access the online training?

The virtual courses are supported on laptops/desktops/tablets. Each student should have their own device to participate.

I like the content or certain modules of a course can this be adapted and delivered to my company only?

Yes, all programmes can be adapted to be run on-site to specific personnel or teams as required. Bespoke content can be added into each programme if run in-company.

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