Short Course - Lean Training for Businesses

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This 6-day online course aim to give a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Lean. The content is designed to provide a practical understanding of the thinking and practice of Lean in Food and Drink businesses.  A Lean Green Belt certificate will be awarded after passing an end-of-course examination and completing an improvement project that showcases what you have learned and applied.  The training will feature practical exercises and interactive discussion to ensure your ability to apply what is learned.

Who should attend?

Managers, supervisors and team leaders in all functional areas within food and drink businesses. Attendees need to have an interest in learning how to tackle improvement opportunities in manufacturing, new product development and management processes


Benefits of Attending

  • Learn the thinking and practices associated with using lean in a food and drink manufacturing context to drive improvements.
  • Develop proficiency from this highly practical course – so you have confidence in applying what you learn when you get back to work.
  • Get an industry recognised Lean Green Belt Certificate awarded by the Food Industry Training Unit in UCC.
  • After successful completion, you will be awarded two digital badges which can used to support your CV and e-portfolio.


Programme Outline

Day 1

  • Introduce Lean Supply Chain Management thinking.
  • Explain the idea of an organisation as a system, with inputs, processes that work on those inputs and outputs.
  • Introduce Likers 4P model, an easy way to understand Lean Thinking
  • Introduce the 5 Lean Principles and the 8 wastes


Day 2

  • Introduce the need for engagement of staff and dealing with change
  • Explaining the role of Lean leaders.
  • Explain each of the seven quality tools and practice use
  • Introduce the useful other diagnostic tools


Day 3

  • Introduce the concept of Cellular Operations, Poka-Yoke and TPM
  • Introduce standard work and visual management
  • Introduce a layout improvement method called 5S
  • Cover Kanban, JIT, flow in practice and SMED


Day 4

  • Explain how VSM is used and practice VSM in a process you know.


Day 5

  • Embedding the practice of continuous improvement – Kaizen.
  • Cover JDI, PDCA and DMAIC – and how A3s are used
  • Briefly introduce the methodology that is six sigma
  • Introduce and explain lean as a ‘journey’.
  • Develop your own Lean roadmap.


Day 6

Revision of the whole course – useful for people who may have missed some of the previous days, some exam practice and finally doing the end-of-course examination.

Lead Trainer

FITU team joe o'callaghan Joe O’Callaghan, B.E., M.B.A facilitates the workshop. Joe is an experienced Lean Consultant. He has provided training for a variety of organisations delivering training for more than 15 years and has delivered Lean training to a wide range of manufacturing and service organisations during that time. Evaluations of his Lean training workshops are consistently rated as excellent by attendees

Digital Badge Award

Digital Badge - Foundational Principles and Tools for Lean at Green BeltAdv Tools and Implementation Practicalities for Lean Green Belt Digital BadgeUpon successful completion, you will be awarded two digital badges which can be used to support your CV and e-portfolio. A digital badge is an award which recognises your accomplishment in completing an unaccredited course and is referred to as a micro-credential. By taking part in the in-course activities and successfully completing the in-course questions you will qualify for a digital badge in Fundational Principles and Tools for Lean at Green Belt, along with Advanced tools and Implementation Practicalities for Lean at Green Belt. The badges can be downloaded and included on CVs, shared via email or included on your e-portfolio (for example on LinkedIn). When a person or employer clicks on your digital badge they will see the specific details of the course, the process by which the course was given and if the course was successfully completed. Digital badges can be used to illustrate continued professional development and can supplement existing qualifications. 


For further information and registration please contact:

Joe O’Callaghan

Programme Director

Food Industry Training Unit

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

University College Cork

Tel: 086 3307533



Food Industry Training Unit

University College Cork , Western Road, Cork