QMT News: December 2009
Learning to be Lean at Jaguar Land Rover

Manufacturers are being offered access to the Lean Learning Academy at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood centre of excellence thanks to an educational partnership with The Manufacturing Institute.

The Lean Learning Academy, which teaches leadership skills to supervisors and managers at Jaguar Land Rover, is now making its leading-edge learning resources available to other manufacturers.

The programme is completed over two weeks and covers a variety of lean principles through a mixture of classroom-based teaching, practical tasks and experience of working on the production line. It offers an opportunity to work in the Jaguar Land Rover plant – home to the Jaguar X-TYPE and Land Rover Freelander 2 - and gain first hand experience of global Lean best practice in a real working environment.

The Academy is open to managers and team leaders committed to continuous improvement. Participants learn how to deploy lean tools to eliminate waste and continuously improve manufacturing processes.

Joseph Norris, shift manager at Johnson Controls has recently completed the programme. He said: “Since I attended the Lean Learning Academy I have adapted some of the tools for process management and for standardisation and visual management. I have begun to implement them in my factory with great success.”
In another joint educational venture, the Manufacturing Institute and Jaguar Land Rover are offering a Lean Immersion Day for senior managers to lead successful lean improvement programmes.

Companies can send a team of up to 12 people to the introductory session that brings lean to life. They will hear about Jaguar Land Rover’s lean journey and experience first hand how lean is being implemented at the plant – witnessing such techniques as policy deployment, standard operating procedures, problem solving and concern escalation, visual management, line balancing and error proofing.
The Lean Immersion Day is aimed at companies that are in the early stages of their lean journey and who wish to gain a better understanding of what excellence in Lean looks like in practice.

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