University confirms quality of Manufacturing Institute's programmes

Training courses offered by The Manufacturing Institute have been quality-checked by the University of Manchester, which has validated them for another five years.

The Manufacturing Institute - an independent charity supporting the industrial sector - offers a two-year Diploma in Manufacturing programme, plus last year it started offering one-year programmes that lead to certificates in Manufacturing Management and Manufacturing Operations. It said its courses have so far helped over 350 participants from 185 companies to develop their skills, and that recruiting is now under way for the January 2011 intake.

The first company employee to graduate with the Diploma in Manufacturing Management was Darren Mitcheson, operations director at Lancashire-based aerospace component manufacturer Aircelle.

“My studies resulted in being able to initiate a 12 per cent productivity improvement in the workplace, increased labour productivity, reduced shift numbers, waste reduction and a 100 per cent adherence to our delivery schedules,” he said.

“And the Diploma has not just been about learning. It has engendered interaction between people, and I have been able to network with others and gain a valuable experiential insight into manufacturing in other industry sectors.”

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