Lean learning at Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has opened up its in-house lean manufacturing training expertise to other manufacturers via a partnership with the Manufacturing Institute.

Called the Lean Learning Academy, Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood centre of excellence has taught lean, leadership and process management skills to supervisors and managers at Jaguar Land Rover. Participants learn how to deploy lean tools to eliminate waste and continuously improve manufacturing processes.

The same learning resources will now be available to managers and team leaders from other companies.

The Manufacturing Institute said that the £2000 a head programme is completed over two weeks and covers a variety of lean principles through a mixture of classroom-based teaching, practical tasks and experience of working on the production line. It offers an opportunity to work in the Jaguar Land Rover plant - home to the Jaguar X-Type and Land Rover Freelander 2 - and gain first-hand experience of global lean best practice in a real working environment.

Joseph Norris, shift manager at Johnson Controls, recently completed the programme. He said: "Since I attended the Lean Learning Academy I have adapted some of the tools for process management and for standardisation and visual management. I have begun to implement them in my factory with great success."

In a second joint educational venture, the Manufacturing Institute and Jaguar Land Rover are offering a Lean Immersion Day for senior managers eager to lead successful lean improvement programmes.

This is aimed at companies that are in the early stages of their lean journey, and who wish to gain a better understanding of what excellence in lean looks like in practice.

Companies can send a team of up to 12 people to the introductory session that brings lean to life. They will hear about Jaguar Land Rover's lean journey and see how lean is being implemented at the plant, witnessing such techniques as policy deployment, standard operating procedures, problem solving and concern escalation, visual management, line balancing and error proofing.

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