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Lean Manufacturing - Introduction

Online event with tutor support and final exam included

Quber Technologies


£40 inc VAT
Study method
Online with live classes
3 hours, Full-time
No formal qualification
Optional extras

Digital certificate included in price

Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students

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This foundation course is delivered by expert practitioners who have a combined practical experience of 50+ years in manufacturing, operations, lean and coaching. This course has been developed to help you challenge the status quo and paradigms and to make you stand out from the rest with your knowledge of manufacturing excellence.


The objectives for this foundation course are:

  • Gain knowledge of operational excellence and its history
  • Understand benefits to their customers, company, themselves and colleagues.
  • Appreciate the importance of material flow
  • Differentiate between ‘Value Added’ (Cost) and ‘Non-Value Added’ (Waste) activities
  • Identify ‘Waste’ in their workplace and categorise waste
  • Identify inconsistencies and avoidable physical strain in production processes
  • Acquire basic understanding of tools to eliminate waste

The course is built with 4 main modules:

Module 1 - Introduction to Operational Excellence

  • History of manufacturing methods
  • What is operational excellence?
  • The benefits of operational excellence

Module 2 - Material flow and its importance

  • What is Flow?
  • Why is it important?
  • How flow impacts performance and people?

Module 3 - Barriers to flow

  • 'Value added activities’ (Cost) vs ‘Non-value added activities’ (Waste)
  • The 8 types of wastes (Muda)
  • Inconsistencies (Mura) and Avoidable Strain (Muri)
  • Learn to spot waste

Module 4 - Overview of tools to improve flow

  • High level introduction to tools for waste elimination

All in all, this course is a great way to start your manufacturing / operational excellence journey.

Course Duration

The length of time taken depends entirely on how much time you can study and absorb the material. This is self paced course so take your time and enjoy it!

Test and Certification

The end of this course there is a multiple choice test. Students are required to achieve a pass mark of 80%, and, if necessary, may attempt the test multiple times at no extra cost.

Students will be sent a digital certificate on completion. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.

Who is this course for?

This foundation course has been designed for you, if you are:

  • Are preparing for a job interview with a manufacturing business
  • Are new to the world of manufacturing and want to upskill yourself
  • Are working towards a promotion within a manufacturing business
  • Recently joined a company which is embarking on a lean or operations excellence journey
  • Are planning to start a career in lean / operations consulting
  • Are working to reskill / upskill yourself while contemplating you next career move
  • Are a student looking to move past the theory to practical knowledge of manufacturing and operations


No prerequisite for this course, just an open mind and the willingness to learn and challenge the status quo

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Optional extras

Digital certificate

Certificate of completion is included in course price


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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

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A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

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An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.