Hennik Group Manufacturing Director’s Scholarship in association with Cranfield University

Following on from last year’s success, Hennik Group – publishers of The Manufacturer – have announced the 2018 Manufacturing Director’s Scholarship in Association with Cranfield University.

- image courtesy of Cranfield University.
– image courtesy of Cranfield University.

The Hennik Group Manufacturing Director’s Scholarship in association with Cranfield University supports and promotes strategic manufacturing leadership and capability by offering one full scholarship worth £5,800 (excluding accommodation) to any senior executive working in UK manufacturing and is named within The Manufacturer Top 100 2017 publication, or any of the past three years (2016, 2015, 2014).

Additionally, there are also three-part scholarships, each equivalent to 25% of the total fee (excluding accommodation) – worth £1450 each. It’s worth noting that the cost of Cranfield University’s Manufacturing Director’s Programme is tax deductible.

This year’s Manufacturing Directors’ Programme runs from 24-25 September and then 12-13 November 2018.

Anyone interested in applying for this scholarship can email top100@hennikgroup.com, attaching their current CV and covering letter.

Who is the programme for?

The Manufacturing Director’s Programme is Cranfield University’s flagship manufacturing course for senior managers and directors who have direct responsibility or influence over manufacturing strategy and business performance.

To Cranfield’s knowledge, it is currently the only manufacturing executive programme in the UK that combines strategy and leadership expertise from its world-leading business school, alongside the industrial prowess of manufacturing fellow that Cranfield is globally famed for.

What does the programme contain?

Comprising three modules, coaching sessions and a strategy presentation, the Manufacturing Director’s Programme design enables executives to learn and apply the latest in manufacturing leadership thinking to build their organisation’s capability. The approach can be summed up as: Diagnose, Build, Develop, and Harness.

The programme will help executives:

  • Develop a future manufacturing strategy
  • Improve their leadership skills through coaching and review sessions
  • Learn how to devise, develop, implement and lead agile manufacturing strategies for better performance
  • Learn how to evaluate and understand the risks that are inherent in all the business decisions that you make
  • Gain awareness of recent advances in data insights for responsive execution
  • Learn how to apply ‘Open Innovation’ principles and tools aimed at maximising the returns of innovation by integrating customers and suppliers in the process

Professor Harris Makatsoris, Programme Director of the Manufacturing Directors’ Programme, Cranfield University.
Professor Harris Makatsoris, Programme Director of the Manufacturing Directors’ Programme, Cranfield University.

Programme Director of the Manufacturing Directors’ Programme, Professor Harris Makatsoris explains: “A unique benefit of the programme is that participants have the opportunity to develop a breakthrough manufacturing strategy for their business that will be reviewed by our industry experts and peers.

“It’s like having a free strategic consultation built into the development programme. Furthermore, delegates will be taught a variety of tools and techniques currently available to address a multitude of challenges that accrue when developing manufacturing strategies.”

The Manufacturer Top 100

The Manufacturer Top 100 aims to change the image of manufacturing by recognising the best dynamic leaders, innovators and role models within the industry. Launched in 2014, the project aims to dispel the myths and change people’s perception of manufacturing.

The Top 100 comprises of an annual report and event recognising an elite group of individuals identified as manufacturing champions. The report helps to provoke more widespread competitiveness within the sector, highlighting not only best practice but inspiring others to follow suit.

Shortlisted individuals are nominated by readers of The Manufacturer, the wider industrial community and the public, for their contributions in changing the face of industry; finding new markets; making marked investment in people, processes and customers; and for those making an impact disproportionate to their years.

Out of the winners, 20 people are profiled in depth to underline their outstanding contribution to the sector.

Nominations are currently open for The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 report – due to be unveiled in Liverpool on 14 November. Click here for more information.