Why choose to work with us?

From the factory floor to the boardroom, manufacturers and businesses across multiple sectors worldwide, trust the Manufacturing Institute because, for over 27-years, we can demonstrate an award-winning track record for delivering a return on your training and consultancy investment. Why? Because we know-how and are dedicated to causing continuous and sustainable improvement.

Transformational frameworks including Six Sigma, Lean Thinking and Shingo are not exclusive to the Manufacturing Institute but you’ll be relieved to hear, we do not deliver plagiarised thinking via regurgitated slide decks on any of these subjects.

In a more environmentally friendly focused world, we are advocates of training without travel, a new normal requires more agile delivery – face to face, blended or virtual, as factories and people adjust, we are well-placed to meet your individual needs. Our service is uniquely dynamic, we want you to succeed by providing an experience around these philosophies that is practical, original and inspirationally impactful because your success is the benchmark for our reputation.

The Manufacturing Institute

As the world’s first industrial city, Manchester is often credited as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, which makes it a very special location for The Manufacturing Institute. Originally established in Trafford Park 1994, the institute was created by manufacturers to support manufacturers. From its conception, the core aim was to provide specialist education and training to the sector by working in partnership with manufacturers across the North West to increase their productivity, efficiency and competitiveness.

Fast forward into the fourth industrial revolution where this enduring legacy aligns our education, training and consultancy with key themes impacting manufacturers today. From nurturing artisan SME’s to supporting some of the biggest global blue-chip giants, our world-class offer combines original thought leadership with best-practice philosophies, delivered by highly experienced and versatile practitioners.

In a changing world, this ongoing legacy has provided us with the insights and resources needed to develop the responsive, and commercially focused operation we are today. This enables learners to not only strengthen their own capabilities and professional development but to tangibly improve the performance of their business whatever the scale.

Manufacturing Institute Milestones

As the Manufacturing Institute has evolved, we are proud to have achieved several significant milestones on our journey, including the delivery of large national support programmes such as the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and several European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded initiatives, which enabled us to expand our capability.

Our ground-breaking Make It™️ campaign, educated young people across the UK about the rich and varied manufacturing careers available to them. This campaign helped to produce a pipeline of enthusiastic, talented candidates for recruiters, rejuvenating British manufacturing with two eyes firmly on the future.

We brought the FabLab™️ concept to the UK. Fab Labs are the educational outreach component of MIT’s Centre for Bits and Atoms (CBA), a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent. We opened the UK’s first Fab Lab, in Ancoats, Manchester and the technology we introduced remains standard across schools, universities and public spaces.

Notably, we were the first European licensed affiliate of the Shingo Institute, global leaders in the Shingo model of operational excellence. We have since supported more organisations on their journeys to Shingo recognition than any other affiliate in Europe. Our 10-year partnership continues to thrive, shaping the support we offer manufacturers across the globe.

In line with our mission to deliver the very best in specialist, manufacturing-focused education and training, we launched an MSc in Manufacturing Leadership, in partnership with Lancaster University Management School. Over 70% of learners on the course have progressed to higher-level jobs on graduation, and we continue to work closely with Lancaster to refine our education provision and develop new programmes together.

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