Lean (competitive) manufacturing

A business that has adopted lean (or competitive) manufacturing has a more productive workforce focused on continuous improvement.

National qualifications

Competitive manufacturing (Lean) qualifications are ideal for those wishing to become actively involved in the development and implementation of processes and systems that will sustainably improve production capacity and product quality within their organisation.

Training in competitive manufacturing will benefit learners working in a range of engineering and manufacturing businesses including engineering, food and related products, manufacture of metal and related products sectors of the manufacturing industry.

This qualification is for employees new to competitive manufacturing. The qualification recognises the candidate's knowledge of and skills with competitive manufacturing systems within either an introductory or technical application.

The Introductory Application strand allows operators to become actively involved in the development and implementation of processes and systems that will improve reliability, availability and condition of equipment while also significantly improving production capacity and product quality.

The Technical Application strand allows those moving directly to technical support and leadership roles to develop skills to support the implementation of competitive manufacturing.

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This qualification is for leaders in competitive manufacturing who interact between members of their team and management. The qualification recognises the candidate's knowledge and the skills required to lead change, implement a competitive manufacturing system and ensure process improvements are sustained. For those wishing to move into facilitation of competitive manufacturing teams, the Facilitation strand offers a wide choice of unit standards from relevant domains.

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This qualification is for managers in competitive manufacturing who have responsibilities for the performance of their people and processes or services. The qualification develops knowledge and skills required to be change agents, and to implement a competitive manufacturing strategy within their organisation.

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