The purpose of this paper is to describe the Start Lean program, run by the Manufacturing Institute in the UK, which aims to introduce apprentices to the principles of lean manufacturing and to instil a lean way of thinking early in their careers.
Describes the course, and the improvement project realized by two apprentices at Callender Aeropart, a UK manufacturer of turbine blades for jet engines and power‐transmission applications.
Reveals how the apprentices reorganized a recycling station for cutting‐tool inserts as part of a series of improvements that have the potential to save the business thousands of pounds a year.
Argues that the apprentices are now a lot more involved in day‐to‐day operations and are much more willing to challenge and ask questions.
Explains that the programme has improved the apprentices' knowledge and appreciation of what the company is trying to do, as well as boosting their confidence.
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