The Growth Company and The Manufacturing Institute have partnered to develop an apprenticeship programme specifically designed to improve systems and processes within engineering, manufacturing and logistics sectors. The technical content is delivered by experts from The Manufacturing Institute supplemented by industry served skills coaching alongside mentoring from The Growth Company. This specialised programme is designed to increase productivity and profitability through the use of the Levy.

TMIs primary focus is to support and enhance the manufacturing sector through training and onsite support and coaching. TMI have been working with The Growth Company’s employers to generate expansion, growth and operational efficiency through programmes like Shingo, Accelerated Route to Lean, Six-Sigma and the MSc Manufacturing Leadership. Given The Growth Company’s position as a leading apprenticeship training provider, the partnership can rely on the operational expertise found within The Manufacturing Institute to deploy a solution for organisations which will cover all operational needs, and add value not just to the CI team, but across the wider business.

All apprenticeship training will be delivered by manufacturing professionals who have worked at very senior levels throughout the sector. They have in-depth knowledge and experience of implementing operational effectiveness to world-class standards, delivering proven results for employers, including increases in productivity and cost savings.

Fully fundable from your apprenticeship levy (priced at £6,000), this programme has already seen large cohorts enrol, with their employers valuing the operational efficiencies and improvements taught as part of the timetable.

Duration and content

The programme will consist of structured workshops delivered over a 14-month period. The learning programme covers the following areas: 

  • Managing Change (Team formation, coaching and leadership skills, communication and behaviours and effective change management)
  • Lean Principles (topics include the Lean Principles, Lean and Six Sigma, Six Sigma Case Study)
  • Project Management (topics include Starting and Managing a Project and Value Stream Mapping for Project Selection)
  • Compliance and Data (which includes basic statistics and measures as well specific methods such as SPC, Root Cause Analysis and Process Capability and Performance.)

The programme

It will consist of 7 x 5-day workshops.

  • Week 1: Introduction to Improvement Practitioner
  • Week 2: Managing Change - this covers topics such as Coaching, Leadership, Change Management and Communication
  • Week 3: Lean Principles - topics include the Lean Principles, Lean and Six Sigma, Six Sigma Case Study
  • Week 4: Communication and Behaviours - which includes Presentations Skills, Reporting and Facilitation 
  • Week 5: Project Management - topics include Starting and Managing a Project and Value Stream Mapping for Project Selection
  • Week 6: Compliance and Data - which includes basic statistics and measures as well specific methods such as SPC, Root Cause Analysis and Process Capability and Performance.
  • Week 7: Review and Evaluation, Project Summary, Preparation for end point assessment.

In addition to this, the learners will have a Skills Development Coach, who is occupationally experienced, and has undergone their teaching and delivery qualifications to ensure they can pass on the technical knowledge and expertise they hold. The role of the Skills Development Coach is to build on the technical elements delivered in the classroom to make sure the learners are applying what they have learned to the workplace, and that they are improving their skills in a real-world environment.

The Skills Coaches will assist in preparation for the End Point Assessment, which will include: 

  • Multi-Choice Exam 10%
  • Project report, presentation and questioning 60%
  • Professional discussion, underpinned by log knowledge, skill and behaviour elements 30% 

Entry requirements

Each individual employer will set their own entry requirements

Qualifications

Either before or during the apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to obtain level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics prior to taking the end point assessment

Employer benefits 

  • A leaner, more efficient workplace where costs and waste are reduced
  • Improved productivity and performance
  • Better employee retention, teamwork and motivation
  • Show current and prospective customers you are investing in your people and quality improvements 

Employee benefits 

  • Acquiring new knowledge and skills
  • Nationally-recognised qualifications
  • A great career development opportunity
  • Improved morale and better job satisfaction

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