Y13 Engineering learners at The JCB Academy Sixth Form have recently completed a two-day course at the Academy of Operational Excellence which is based at the JCB World Headquarters in Rocester. The bespoke course designed by the Operational Excellence Team Leader, Darren Moore, focussed on lean and quality improvement methods applied in a practical situation to the assembly of a Vibromax VMP14. Taught by Darren, Soron Glynn and Steve Rhodes the learners enjoyed a unique opportunity to be able to use this excellent academy which is normally only used for training the employees of JCB. Learners were taught about many tools and techniques which are used by JCB to achieve operational excellence and had the opportunity to practise these on the shop floor in the academy. One of the learners said of the course, “A very interesting two days and a good experience to take forward to any future role in engineering”.