National Manufacturing Competitiveness Level (NMCL) programme

NMCL Overview

The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Level (NMCL) Capability Assessment process has been jointly developed with SMMT and the A|D|S SC21 Competitiveness + Growth (SC21 C+G). The NMCL provides a portfolio of Improvement Modules aligned to the output of the Capability Assessment which is tailored to the specific needs of participating supplier companies to improve their competitiveness in the eyes of their customer(s).

The Improvement Modules are incorporated into ‘Themes’ –

  • Competitive Strategy and Management Systems
  • NPI & Lifecycle Management
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Supply Chain

The Themes, Work Packages and Improvement Modules in each, form a cohesive business transformation package.


TEC Transnational are a Competitiveness + Growth (C+G) Provider able to deliver training and mentoring across all of the ‘Themes’ and are currently approved for a total of 104 Improvement Modules for both the Aerospace & Defence and Automotive sectors.


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The NMCL comprises two distinct stages –

  • The NMCL commences with an in-depth “Capability Assessment” carried out by an NMCL Assessor – this is a series of structured questions led by an industry expert that examine an applicant company’s capabilities. The questions evaluate the company against six dimensions – Quality, Delivery, Cost, Flexibility, Technology & Product, and Customer Experience
  • The ‘output’ is the specification of improvement activities (delivered by a NMCL Provider) which will be both strategically important to the company and focussed on the customer’s key needs
  • The improvement activities 'modules' will then be delivered by the NMCL Provider (i.e. TEC Transnational) scheduled over 1- to 3-years
  • The cost to your company should be £zero – because the scheme allows for “in-kind” contributions. These activities would normally cost in the region of £100K to £200K!

Each ‘module’ must be delivered as a mentorship programme, this is not purely training, but active participation to complete real examples and embed them in the business.

Aerospace & Defence sectors

To register your expression of interest for the Aerospace and Defence sectors, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with subject “SC21 C&G Participant – Expression Of Interest”. Please include the following details: your Company name, location (including post code) and registered Company number.

Please note: By sending this e-mail and expressing your interest you understand and accept that the rights to the subsequent information and documents are reserved.

Alternatively, to register your Expression of Interest for the Aerospace and Defence sectors, please follow this link.

Automotive sector

To register your Expression of Interest for the Automotive sector, please follow this link.


The process commences with the Capability Assessment (CA) – a series of structured questions led by an an NMCL Assessor that examine the company’s capabilities. Numerical scoring in the assessment is analysed against the views of the company’s customers and also with consideration to the rate of the company’s growth and how far through that growth cycle it currently is. This is assessed against six ‘dimensions’ – Quality, Delivery, Cost, Flexibility, Technology & Product, and Customer Experience.

The output of the assessment is combined with the company’s financial reports, to build a business case for the improvements to be undertaken, linked directly to improved performance. The resultant improvement activity is designed to boost their performance, which is both strategically important to the company and focussed on their customer’s key needs. TEC Transnational are a NMCL Provider able to deliver training and mentoring across all of the ‘Themes’ and we are currently approved for a total of 104 Improvement Modules for both the Aerospace & Defence and Automotive sectors.



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The aim of the programme is to have a single, national, quality assured, best practice approach to improving the competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies, this will raise workforce capability and boost economic growth and exports. Thus, helping to deliver HM Government’s Industrial Strategy and the goals of each sector’s Growth Strategies

Purpose is to significantly ‘boost’ the performance (including revenues and export) of aerospace (and automotive) suppliers – across all areas of their business.


TEC empower people to achieve excellence through accelerated learning - guaranteed! We have an ongoing commitment to research and development focused on investigating innovative ideas, new standards and industry initiatives, and turning these concepts into practical solutions for our clients. Our practical experience is now available to your company under the auspices of the NMCL Capability Assessment process.

TEC Transnational are a NMCL Provider able to deliver training and mentoring across all of the ‘Themes’ and are currently approved for a total of 104 Improvement Modules for both the Aerospace & Defence and Automotive sectors.

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