Programme Delivery Approach
The LEARN 2 programme was a three-year research project. Participating companies renewed their membership annually and received a range of benefits including ‘one-to-one’ mentorship, on-site and desk based research, four sponsor workshops held at member or exemplar manufacturing sites, preferential access to LERC resources, publications, reports and LERC educational programmes.
To ensure open sharing and trust, these networks did not contain competitor companies and the outputs of this programme were subject to a moratorium (allowing the sponsor to exploit the research before it enters the public domain).
These programmes have included firms engaged in the manufacture of a wide variety of products from contact lenses to helicopter transmissions. The main benefits of the ‘network’ approach for industrial and service industry sponsors are its cost effectiveness, the internal focus of the research upon improvement and the sharing of ideas. Our networks allow us to unite businesses with a common interest and they are not limited to lean production or supply chain management.