New management development programme for 2011 announced by The Manufacturing Institute

To further help manufacturers gain the skills they need to compete globally, the Manufacturing Management Development Programme has been developed by The Manufacturing Institute from its Professional Diploma in Manufacturing. Quality assured by the University of Manchester, the new programme comprises of three Personal Effectiveness modules 'Leadership and Managing Change', 'Developing Others' and 'Developing Yourself' from the Professional Diploma in Manufacturing.

Upping their game
Neil Smith, head of education & training at the Manufacturing Institute, commented: "The Prime Minister's recent trip to China and the potential for an increase in trade with the world's fastest-expanding economy is just one example of where British Manufacturers need to up their game to ensure they can compete globally. For manufacturing to survive, it's not just about manufacturing product. Manufacturers need a range of 'backroom' tools at their disposal to ensure they can efficiently and successfully deliver their product to a highly-competitive and quite volatile market."

Smith continued: "The Institute's new Manufacturing Management Development Programme is aimed at anyone with several years manufacturing experience, but who may not necessarily have any existing formal qualifications and who want to simply 'up their game' as efficiently and expertly as possible."

The three self-contained modules in the programme require four study days each. This comprises approximately 25 hours home study and a 2000- to 2500-word assignment for each module. The modules make extensive use of practical example and real-life case studies with help available at all times from experienced and qualified mentors. Subjects covered in the programme include managing change, creativity, innovation and problem solving, motivation, team working, communication and leadership among others.

The programme commences on 2 February 2011. Scholarship grants for 50 per cent of the programme fee are available for SMEs and deserving candidates from large manufacturing organisations.

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