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PaCE Accelerator Programme

This is a five-day intensive support programme spread over a two-month period.  It is designed to improve manufacturing capabilities and productivity, as well as providing the chance to build on your existing business networks.  

Next public cohort: 11th June 2024

Location: Manchester 

Investment: £1,500 +VAT (a minimum of two delegates per business)

A powerful programme of five intensive workshops, spread over two months that builds the lean capability of participants
through a combination of simulations, case studies, coaching and real-world ‘doing’ in the workplace


If you truly want to learn more about how to apply Lean Manufacturing by making tangible improvements in your
workplace, then this is the programme for you.

What is the ‘Productivity and Capability Energiser (PaCE) programme’?

  • Designed to achieve brilliant results and learning by following the steps of Development, Define, Describe, Deliver and Decide, using world-class principles and tools that can be used forever

  • Each step considers the entire Operational System that must be aligned and optimised for sustainable improvement

How is it structured?

  • Day 1, 11th June 2024 - DEVELOP - Lean Awareness

  • Day 2, 12th June 2024 - DEFINE - Current state toolset

  • Day 3, 13th June 2024 - DESCRIBE - Future state toolset and A3 thinking

  • Day 4, 24th July 2024 - DELIVER - Coaching for performance

  • DAY 5, 25th July 2024 - DECIDE - Plan the next steps

  • PaCE is accredited by the Lean Competency System 1c. 

How will it help me and my company?

  • The Lean Competency System framework is globally recognised, and accreditation can progress from Fundamental elements awarded in this programmme, through to Technical and Strategic levels

  • The programme is designed so that you ‘learn through doing’, with particular focus on identifying and delivering improvements with your companies:

    • Value Stream, through mapping and subsequently optimising the way you deliver value.

    • Processes, with detailed observation and quantification of work and waste.

    • Leadership, by understanding and typical Day In The Life Of v’s world-class requirements.

    • Organisation, with particular emphasis on optimising the Span of Control for first-line leaders to ensure targets are delivered.

The programme is for

  • Anyone with challenging targets to hit, but the business struggling to identify further improvement potential

  • Individuals with complex problems to solve, as the business has not been able to achieve the required, sustained performance, from a bottleneck area or process

  • Teams with improvement work ongoing that’s not hitting the bottom line, even though senior leadership are forward-thinking and have implemented many improvement outcomes, including performance management boards, housekeeping audits and ‘go look see’

  • Employees with aspirations to develop a genuine ability to ‘make things happen’ and improve themselves and their businesses

Programme content overview

  • Step 1 (1 Day) Develop your people in the classroom to:

    • See the Value Stream by using a realistic factory simulation

    • See the Process and how to improve it by developing standard work

    • See the Leadership responsibilities required to monitor and improve performance

    • See the Organisation and how it needs to develop as processes improve

  • Step 2 (1 Day) Define the current state of the workplace through:

    • Current state mapping and visualization of Suppliers, Inputs, Processes, Outputs & Customers (SIPOC)

    • Active observation of work, with quantification of Value Added, Waste and Potential

    • Analysing a Day In the Life Of (DILO) of leaders to understand where time is spent

    • Clarifying the Spans of Control and Layers of the organisation in place to deliver value

    • Continued…

  • Step 3 (1 Day) Describe the future & plan with:

    • Future state maps that optimise the flow of value to your customers

    • Practical Problem Solving of the actual performance bottlenecks in your workplace

    • Standard diary design to optimise the DILO of leaders

    • Organisation design to ensure teams can be best supported to achieve KPIs

  • Step 4 (1 Day) Deliver improvement:

    • Focus on areas with the greatest return on investment

    • Make changes to create flow with support from coaches as required

    • Create Improvement systems to accelerate improvement further and grow involvement

    • Build coaching skills through coach education and practice

  • Step 5 (1 Day) Decide what’s next:

    • Quantify achievements that have been made in KPI’s and Operational Systems

    • Qualify the team in LCS 1a, 1b and provide clear development plans for 1c

    • Prepare to sustain gains made in KPIs and across operational systems

    • Plan to make further improvements in people and process capability


Upcoming Courses 

  • Delivery date:

    • Day 1, 11th June 2024 - DEVELOP - Lean Awareness

    • Day 2, 12th June 2024 - DEFINE - Current state toolset

    • Day 3, 13th June 2024 - DESCRIBE - Future state toolset and A3 thinking

    • Day 4, 24th July 2024 - DELIVER - Coaching for performance

    • DAY 5, 25th July 2024 - DECIDE - Plan the next steps

  • Trafford Park, Manchester 

  • Practitioner: Barry Williams

  • Investment: £1,500 +VAT per delegate (a minimum of two delegates per business)

Reserve your place. 

Please complete the form, and a team member will contact you with a formal proposal. If you are happy to proceed with the booking, invoice or credit/debit card payments can be made. 

If you would like to discuss a private and/or bespoke programme for your organisation, please contact us using the details below. 


Call: 0161 533 1617

WhatsApp: +44 (0)7399 322 662

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