Lean Manufacturing Training Course UK

Lean Manufacturing Training Courses UK

Lean Manufacturing Training Course UK Attendees - Value Stream Mapping

Lean Manufacturing Training Course UK Attendees – Value Stream Mapping

Our Lean Manufacturing Training Courses teach your teams how to deliver On-Time, Lower Costs & respond to Skill Shortages.

Lean Manufacturing training courses delivered to firms and organisations looking to equip their own staff with the skills, techniques and experiences to increase efficiency and sustain productivity improvements.

We know with the right Lean Manufacturing Training for your business. Your production teams, your factory can deliver 20-30% more work, on time for your business.


There are in excess of 50 Lean Manufacturing or Continuous Improvement techniques; some will be more important to your business than others. 

You will have different issues to other businesses, therefore the training may have a different focus, a different objective, a different starting point.

Productivity Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, whatever you want to call it, your training course should be designed to allow you and your staff the TIME

  • to actually apply the techniques and experience them,
  • to receive expert coaching and feedback in the workplace,
  • to hone their SKILLS before learning a new one.

If you’d like to discuss how you can give your staff the skills to start delivering more work, on time then call MARK ON 07712 669396 to find out more about our Lean Manufacturing classes.

Lean Manufacturing Training UK

Lean Manufacturing Training Courses UK

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Over 4,000 Students have attended our Lean Manufacturing Workshops via Leeds University Business School and Goldman Sachs.

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Our Lean Manufacturing Training Courses cover subjects including; 

  • Problem Identification
  • Process Mapping
  • 5S
  • Quality Tools
  • Getting Work to “Flow”
  • Work In Progress
  • Daily Management
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Improvements
  • Planning and Scheduling

Though the exact contents will be tailored to meet your own business requirements.

Lean Manufacturing Training Course Dates:

We offer Company specific AND public Lean Manufacturing Training Courses. We do more direct training for companies these days and provide more mentoring and coaching. This enables us to tailor the content, however our proposed public training course dates on Lean Manufacturing are shown below;

  • Birmingham – March  2024
  • Leeds Yorkshire –  November 2023
  • Nottingham Derby – September 2023
  • London – January 2024
  • Manchester Liverpool – February 2024

In addition we are still offering Lean Manufacturing Training Courses, via remote technology for individual firms.


To discuss your training needs please call Mark on 07712 669396 or by email Mark@levantar.co.uk put the word "lean manufacturing training" in the subject. He'll normally respond within 24 hours.

Manufacturing Training Course based on Lean - What Problems Does It Solve?

If you are looking to improve your Operations and Production department, then the lean manufacturing training can provide answers to problems such as;

  • Getting deliveries out, ON TIME, IN FULL (OTIF)
  • Taking too long to fulfil customer orders – Slow Production Times and Long Lead Times
  • Quality Issues – producing products but then having to correct them before they can be sent out
  • High levels of Work in Progress and too much progress chasing
  • Skills shortages or high levels of staff turnover
  • High Production Costs

Or simply to remove that Friday afternoon feeling.

You know when at around 1.30pm on a Friday things start going wrong for the weekend, we’ve all been there.

Then our training courses can be adapted for the needs of your staff, your factory or manufacturing plant.

Our clients have discovered they can deliver 30% MORE OUTPUT with same Resources. 

That’s 30% more output with the same teams, the same skills, imagine what that would do for profitability.


5 Lean Manufacturing Principles Training Course

Our Lean Manufacturing Training Courses are designed to help you apply the 5 Lean Manufacturing Principles in your operations functions. We’ll help you to understand 

  • How you can understand and deliver increased VALUE to your customers
  • How to map the many steps your products take to complete the journey through your organisation – this is known as VALUE STREAM MAPPING.
  • FLOW – the progress of your products should be seamless from step to step, with no waiting, delays or repetition. Using the maps we can remove the wasted activity that reduces flow.
  • PULL – probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of  Lean Manufacturing. If you have a workstation that makes 4 items per day but it feed a work station that can only needs 2 a day – why are you running it at 4? Your business will have a maximum output, dictated by a bottleneck. We help you find these and remove them.
  • PERFECTION – how do you do improvement every day, aim for continuously improving and still get products out.

Lean Manufacturing Training Course – What Are The Objectives?

In simple terms, our Lean Manufacturing Training Courses help you create more value, for you and your customers, with fewer resources.

We teach you to review your planning activities to ensure you are effective, making what you need, when you need it.  Then we’ll help you to begin discovering the 7 Wastes (wasted time and effort) which allows you to begin reducing unwanted activities or process that do not add value to a product or service for a customer.

Remove the wasted time and effort and you achieve 2 main business objectives;

  1. Quicker Delivery Time – the time from start to finish of a product is reduced giving you shorter lead times.
  2. Lower Costs – if you remove wasted time and effort you will lower costs. 

Lean Manufacturing encourages organisations on a path towards continuous improvement. It supports a long-term process where small changes are consistently and continuously implemented to business processes. These small incremental changes are focused on increasing the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of your business. 



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Lean Manufacturing Training Course - How Long Does It Take to Get Certified?

A Lean Manufacturing Training Course should be one on which you are taught the right principles, tools and techniques for your business. One on which you are  observed during implementation of these, coached and  given feedback.

The focus shouldn’t be on 3-5 consecutive days, away from the workplace, with a group of people who know little about your business, sharing generic examples to gain a certificate.

A typical productivity improvement training course with Levantar consists of a number of training sessions; split across several weeks.

After each improvement training module individuals are given 121 support in the production and operations workplace.

This helps them to get insights into how to implement the lean manufacturing tools into their daily lives.

It also gives them insights into how to bring others on board and to gain their buy-in. In other words how to SUSTAIN the change.


WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER IS THE AIM – How Do You become a Lean Practitioner?

We know that any improvement work taught has to go hand in hand with your daily business operations.  In reality you and your staff have to improve your business whilst still delivering to your customers at the same time. You often won’t have the luxury of stopping work, stopping production, stopping answering emails, chase orders etc  to do improvements for a week.

You become a Lean Practitioner by observing, listening, doing, checking and starting back with observing.

You become a Lean manager by doing this constantly and consistently day-in, day-out so that it becomes a habit for you and your staff. 

You do it by tracking performance and by communicating day-in, day-out, not just when you think it’s suitable.

In our opinion you can you can call yourself a Lean Practitioner when you are using the principles of Lean to drive your business every day, not just when a new project comes along. 


Our lean training services are based on our considerable operations management experience we have. All of our consultants have run Factories and Manufacturing Plants as senior managers through to Operations Director level.

Maybe you have a single site project in mind, or perhaps you have a thought that you need training across a series of sites or you want to improve Manufacturing and the support areas – Finance, Product Development. 

Whatever you need we can flex our Productivity Improvement courses to suit the outcomes you are looking for. 


DID WE TELL YOU? Our Lean Manufacturing Courses are designed and are delivered by Mark Greenhouse, an Master of Engineering and  Neil Harvey, an ACMA, CGMA Finance professional.


I understood Lean more in the first 5 minutes of training than I’ve learnt from 4 previous courses!!

Production Manager – Assembly Build


Do you want to learn all 50 Lean Manufacturing Techniques before you start trying to improve?

Did you teach your child how to swim front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, diving, lifesaving all in one go? Why do this with improvement training?

WHY attend a 5 day Training course (at a discounted rate obviously), at a hotel somewhere away from your workplace to learn everything BEFORE you apply it?

How Does a Lean Manufacturing Training Course Help You and Your Organisation?

How Does a Lean Manufacturing Training Course Help You?

It gives you the chance to learn from and work with experienced  sets of eyes and ears.  

It gives you the chance to understand how see the ROOT CAUSES OF PROBLEMS. 

It gives you the chance to learn how to DELIVER MORE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS.

It gives you the chance to start removing the things that frustrate you every day;

  • Shortages
  • Rushed or Late Customer Deliveries
  • Quality Failures
  • Lack of Ownership
  • Skills Shortages

Think about FRUSTRATIONS for a moment – you know the things you share about your day at work when you get home, go the pub, talk to your friends about the business.

Lean Manufacturing Productivity – How Many Frustrations Do You Have?

It’s really simple to find out.

Ask your staff what stops them doing their job, stops them getting on with it? 

Ask them what frustrates them about doing the job and listen to their replies.

Listen to their replies, don’t dismiss.

While you’re at it, why not estimate how many times each of them happen each week and how much time you lose sorting them out.

A Manufacturing Productivity Example

A stores person takes a list of components and walks around the stores collecting component parts for an assembly. (The list came from the company) The parts are in part number order, not the order they are stored in or are used in.

The employee tick them off as they go, placing them in bags with the component id on, the bags go in a big box.

They are delivered to the engineer who must first, sort all the bags into the right order, checking that they have all the right parts and numbers of parts.

How much wasted time is in there? How much work is duplicated?

Why can’t the stores person deliver the parts in the right order to the engineer and help them focus on just building? Thereby increasing their productivity?

There are simple solutions to this and the many other frustrations you have.

Read Our Lean Manufacturing Blog for our latest insights to productivity and efficiency improvement in factories and operations management.

Go here for our general Lean Improvement Stories can be found here.


Toyota are often cited as the torchbearers for lean practices. For the latest information and insights on what they do do visit Toyota Production System, TPS website.

Which Lean Manufacturing Techniques should I Learn?

The majority of Lean training companies will start off with teaching you about Kaizen and 5S techniques.

However the most important and first Lean technique is about learning to balance; balance what you need to deliver with the staff and skills you have. This means drawing up a Skills & Experience Matrix. It means taking this and matching it to your plan and turning into a schedule, the who does what? on which day? at what time?

The next technique is the start of learning how to influence people, to bring them along. After all you’re going to be doing a lot of that.

The other techniques you should expect to learn include;

Getting Work to “Flow”,
Problem Identification,
SIPOC & Process Mapping,
Value Stream Mapping,
Quality Management Tools,
Daily and Supervision Management,

A great training company should always tailor the contents of the course to meet your own company requirements.

How Long Does It Take To Learn Lean Manufacturing Techniques?

You should think about applying the techniques as well.

You can learn single lean techniques on a course in a matter of minutes. There are plenty of courses, in-house, public, online where you can be trained in a whole lot of manufacturing improvement techniques. Some training courses, of 40+ techniques will be completed in a few hours, others over a few days.

The reality though is that you only really learn when you come to apply the techniques. That can take many weeks, if not months.

It’s also that each organisation or company should apply the techniques in a way that matches their structure and strategy. You learn in each new situation.

Whilst you might learn the techniques quickly, learning to apply them and adjust to meet the requirements of the company, the firm, the organisation, that can take much, much longer.

Where can I learn about Lean Manufacturing?

There are several routes to learning about Lean Manufacturing, some obvious, some maybe you’ll read here for the first time.

In-house Course – your business contacts a Lean Manufacturing Training Company, they tailor a course around what your organisation delivers and what it wants to achieve. Okay there are some who will give you a cookie cutter approach. Normally this in-house training will be delivered for a small group in the same organisation.

On-Line Course – you or your business finds an on-line manufacturing improvement course, a lean six sigma course and you take that. Sounds Great? Only the support for when you come to apply the learning is patchy at best. You can learn the lean tools quickly but learning how to really apply them probably isn’t covered.

There are quite a lot of free course out there, try MIT for Lean Aerospace Manufacturing course.

Lean Manufacturing Mentor – find someone either internally or externally who has done it. Maybe your business has a team doing CI – Continuous Improvement. Or they know someone who can come in from outside and mentor you.

Someone who can teach you the techniques, then coach you in applying it. It might be 121 training of the course of several months and you might think that expensive but it can be made to work very effectively.

Improvement Visits – lots of organisations doing Lean, CI, Process Improvement, Six Sigma want to share their progress.

The will run visits and best practice presentations. It’s also worth checking out your trade press and publications for examples. Then pick up the phone and ask if you can visit.

Build your Own Training Course – There are literally thousands of books, websites, YouTube videos on lean. Put some time aside, find a book on lean you like and read it. Go on line to find resources on the tool or technique in the book. It may take a while but you can learn at your own pace.

LEVANTAR     (verb) – to lift, to raise up