Our established training courses, delivered by industry experts, will assist you in improving your organisation.

The Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Programme is designed to develop the critical skills, practical management and leadership competencies of manufacturing sector supervisors working on the production front line.  

Sponsored by the Department for the Economy (DfE) with support from the QUB Bright Minds initiative, and The Centre for Competitiveness’ proven experience in delivering change, the programme has been designed to support the DfE’s ambitious 10X Economy Strategy and contribute to the sustainable growth of the Northern Ireland manufacturing sector.  

This programme is developed in partnership with experts from the Centre for Competitiveness, CforC. As a Queen’s University not-for-profit body, CforC are committed to developing innovation, productivity and quality in NI organisations to support excellence, growth and boost competitiveness for a global market.

For manufacturers to maximise opportunities for sustainable business growth in the age of Industry 4.0, leadership must be enhanced throughout the organisation. The Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Programme builds leadership from the frontline upwards, feeding the future of the manufacturing industry through investment in its people asset base.

Over a five-month period, students will learn how to improve their personal management capabilities; lead their team with confidence; and implement practical tools and techniques for effective manufacturing operations.

Participants will explore how Industry 4.0 can deliver digital transformation from the bottom up and shape the future of the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland. Data Analytics, Design Thinking, and Circular Economy principles will be covered to provide a robust toolbox that will enable the development of a sustainable and efficient manufacturing operation. Modules in finance, strategy and leadership will help participants to increase their understanding of business from a manager’s perspective.

Employees from companies such as Dale Farm, Denroy, Encirc, Interface, Moyola Engineering and Ryobi have already gone through the first cohort of the programme, which wrapped up in June 2022. 

Next Cohort Commencing: Thursday 1st September 2022

Participant Profile: Manufacturing sector supervisors and those aspiring to rise to mid-level management.

Duration: 5 months

Fees: £4,995 (VAT is non-applicable)

Funding: Fully funded places are available for eligible NI residents through the Bright Minds campaign 

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We are happy to discuss our training workshops in the context of your own business needs, so please contact us via email at or phone +44 (0)28 9073 7950 or our Dublin office +353 8 7224 2575 for more information.