SMMT Launches Training For New NMCL Programme Assessors
NMCL is a system developed by an ADS Group Limited (ADS) and Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) led consortium, supported by industry primes and OEMs. The Consortium has established a national, quality assured, best practice approach to improving the competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies to raise workforce capability, increase productivity, boost UK economic growth and increase export levels.
It is designed to improve overall competitiveness and the ability to win new business for companies across many manufacturing sectors. The NMCL system provides manufacturers with an in-depth assessment of their competitiveness, based on their capabilities and the views of their key customers. This data is used to aid investment decisions according to the needs of each manufacturer.
Being an NMCL Assessor requires significant management experience, an excellent working knowledge of manufacturing business from strategy through to shop floor execution and the ability to understand a business’ accounts. It’s not your everyday skillset.
The first cohort of prospective NMCL Assessors, representing aerospace, defence and automotive, began its training with a week packed full of technical information, case studies and workshops. Getting to grips with the NMCL assessment led to long evenings of homework and some lively discussions. The next step for this inaugural band is to conduct its first live assessments under the watchful eye of a Master Assessor.
The NMCL system is used by two sector specific improvement programmes:
- SC21 Competitiveness & Growth in aerospace (SC21 C&G), led by ADS
- NMCL Automotive for automotive, led by the SMMT
Both programmes provide a quality-assured approach to measuring and improving the competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies, raising workforce capability and boosting economic growth and export across the UK.
Measuring within NMCL is done by the Assessors, with the improvement activity conducted by other parties to avoid conflicts of interest.