Exploring the Benefits of Digitalisation

 

Course Details

Location Online
Duration 1.5 Hours
Cost Free
Qualification Course 1 of 3 in the Practical Steps to Digitalising your Manufacturing Business Certificate

Further Details

Course Access Lifetime
Compatability Chrome recommended (Many major browsers / devices compatible)

More than 50% of UK manufacturers with an annual turnover under £10 million haven’t started implementing digitalisation, despite actively considering it, according to Make UK in 2020.

This first course in our online certificate delivers practical skills and proven industry insights to help you begin to shape your digitalisation pathway . Guided by skilled Subject Matter Experts, you’ll discover the benefits that data and digitalisation can bring to your manufacturing processes, and gain the confidence to start planning how to identify and engage the right expertise, resources, and support to bring those benefits to life.

By helping you set strategic goals and consider the challenges of an ever-changing sector, this course kickstarts your digitalisation journey in a way that maximises successful outcomes, improves efficiency, and drives sustainable long-term growth.

Take your first step – start the course

Course Introduction

More than 50% of UK manufacturers with an annual turnover under £10 million haven’t started implementing digitalisation, despite actively considering it, according to Make UK in 2020.

This first course in our online certificate delivers practical skills and proven industry insights to help you begin to shape your digitalisation pathway . Guided by skilled Subject Matter Experts, you’ll discover the benefits that data and digitalisation can bring to your manufacturing processes, and gain the confidence to start planning how to identify and engage the right expertise, resources, and support to bring those benefits to life.

By helping you set strategic goals and consider the challenges of an ever-changing sector, this course kickstarts your digitalisation journey in a way that maximises successful outcomes, improves efficiency, and drives sustainable long-term growth.

Take your first step – start the course

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Who is the course for?

This course is for SME owners, managers, and decision makers who are considering adding digital capability to their business but are unsure about the best way to take their first steps..

What will I learn?

This self-guided online course demystifies digitalisation, showing how it can make your business more resilient and sustainable, and preparing you to take the first practical steps of your digitalisation journey. You are free to learn at your own pace, in your own space, whenever suits you best. As you progress, you’ll complete an interactive self-study template that immediately puts your knowledge to work in the context of your business’s obstacles and objectives.

Understand how digitalisation can help you solve your business’s top challenges

Wherever you are on your digital journey, digitalisation is about making the most of information and technology to achieve strategic goals. It also boosts competitiveness through maximised performance and efficiency.

The key to solving many common business challenges is knowing what’s happening, where, and why – and understanding what to do about it. This course provides the practical tools and big picture perspective to help you understand how digitalisation can help you to do both.

Learn how your business can stay competitive in the future manufacturing landscape

Business change is influenced by a combination of internal drivers (which you can control) and external impacts (which you can’t). Both demand agility and flexibility – and digitalisation can keep your company ahead of the curve.

With a clear, data-driven understanding of what’s already happening within your business, you’re also better positioned to respond to external factors as they arise.

Uncover and address potential barriers to getting started

As with any other type of business change, bringing your team with you from the outset is crucial to your success.

Throughout the course, other SME managers will share their businesses’ digitalisation journeys, helping you begin your project based on valuable real-world experience. You’ll discover the barriers and challenges they encountered and the actions they took to overcome them. You’ll also learn how to recognise and identify your business’s hidden strengths – and capitalise on existing expertise at every level.

What does the course cover?

Part 1 – Digitalisation in manufacturing – why does it matter?

  • Understand digitalisation in context
    • Explore examples of how businesses in various consumer and industry sectors have transformed their effectiveness and customer service by using digital technologies and data
  • Understand the relevance of digitalisation to manufacturing SMEs
    • Uncover the social, economic, and sector-specific drivers of business change that are leading manufacturing businesses to adopt digital technologies
  • Recognise the relevance of digital adoption to your business
    • Understand digitalisation in the context of your sector and business type

Part 2 – Visualise your digital journey

  • See examples of how digital capability has supported SMEs through COVID-19
  • Identify your own long-term strategic goals to enable your business’s success
  • Identify the strengths and challenges you have across the four strands of digitalisation: People, Process, Technology, and Data/Information
  • Recognise the concerns and barriers you and your staff may face and identify ways to address them

Digital Steps template

The course is accompanied by an interactive ‘Digital Steps’ template, which transfers your learning and conclusions to your unique business situation. This personalised resource helps you plan your next steps and identify the most relevant references and support avenues to help you achieve them.

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Next steps

This is the first in a three course series that comprises our Practical Steps to Digitalising Your Business Certificate, which can be purchased as a bundle here.

By the end of Step 1, you’ll be ready to identify the best opportunities to implement digitalisation in your business, which is the focus of Step 2 – Realising the Value of Data.

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