Aston launches UK's first levy-funded manufacturing MBA

Students will have access to world-class facilities at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. Image credit: High Value Manufacturing Catapult

24 September 2018

  • Aston Business School and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) launch the UK’s first levy-funded MBA tailored for the manufacturing sector 

The industry-leading Manufacturing Technology Centre near Coventry is to launch a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in manufacturing management. The 30-month course is aimed at providing high level management skills in UK manufacturing.

Run in partnership with Aston Business School, one of the original pioneers of degree apprenticeships, the course is targeted at senior leaders and managers in manufacturing companies and is fully-funded with the host company's apprenticeship levy.

It is understood to be the UK’s first levy-funded MBA tailored specifically for the manufacturing sector, which has been affected more than most by rising skills shortages.

The course will have intakes in January and April, with up to 15 students admitted in each cohort. Applicants will be required to have a UK honours degree, a degree level professional qualification, or extensive experience in a manufacturing company.

The course includes four weekend residential workshops at Aston Business School, along with online learning support and interactive learning sets. Core modules include finance, customer value, operations management, productivity, strategic management and product launch. Optional modules include advanced strategy, international business, procurement, supply chain management and programme management.

Students will have access to the world-leading advanced manufacturing facilities at the MTC, and visiting lecturers on the course will include the MTC's manufacturing experts.

Paul Rowlett, managing director of the MTC's Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, said the MTC MBA gave students the flexibility of learning around work and personal commitments, with on-campus learning, and access to the UK's leading industry academics and the MTC's manufacturing experts.

He said: "As well as the obvious benefits to the student it will allow companies to maximise their levy and develop their senior managers, helping them develop and retain talent, as well as maximising their business impact of their training investment. This ultimately affects the business performance and productivity of their organisation."

Simon Finley, Associate Dean for MBA, Apprenticeship and Online Programmes at Aston Business School, said ensuring senior leaders are trained in effective leadership and management techniques is vital to unlocking an organisation’s untapped productivity and growth.

He said: “Management and leadership skills are not a gift that people are just born with. It requires nurturing and development, and this new MBA provides the applied, experiential learning that is required to be a successful senior leader.

“The evidence shows that management ability is strongly linked to business productivity, yet only one in five managers have benefitted from a formal qualification or training. Paid for via the apprenticeship levy, our new partnership with the MTC gives manufacturers access to one of the world’s highest ranked MBA programmes and the best advanced manufacturing facilities the UK has to offer.”

Aston University was one of the first universities in the country to run degree apprenticeship programmes. It now offers several level 6 and 7 programmes to increase skills in the sectors that most need them, including audiology, electrical engineering, management and digital technology.

The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.

The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.

Anyone interested in applying for the MTC MBA should contact Webinars, run jointly between the MTC and Aston Business School will be available on October 3 and 10th at 12 noon, and October 17 and 24 at 6pm.


Notes to the editor

1.         Aston Business School was ranked 41st in the world by CEO Magazine in the Global MBA Rankings 2018. The School is also in the 1% of business schools globally with triple accreditation.

2.         The Chartered Management Institute says that only one in five managers has benefited from a formal qualification or training.

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About Aston Business School

Aston Business School, based at Aston University in Birmingham, is one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. Its vision is to be a global leader in bridging the world of intellectual discovery and the practical needs of enterprises and the professions.

Our goal is to enhance enterprise and enterprises. We develop individuals to perform better within enterprises and the professions, and to create successful new ventures. We support business leaders in enhancing their organisation’s performance and growth. We advise policy-makers on ways to improve society and the economy. Our research creates new knowledge that furthers these aspirations. It is our particular aim to ensure that the opportunities we create are made available to all members of our society.

About the MTC

The MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) is established to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions.  The MTC houses some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, creating a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale. This provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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