There is a rich eco-system of Lean Consultants and Training providers in Ireland, which companies can draw upon to help guide their journey to Operational and Enterprise Excellence. Consultants range from smaller specialist boutique operations to larger networks of associates with expertise across a ride range of relevant topics.

You need to make your own choice as each company’s needs are different. We no longer maintain a list of ‘approved’ Lean Service providers on the Lean Business Ireland web-site,  but if you have not found someone you can work well with already, we encourage you to browse the LEAN Project Database to find some inspiration.

In choosing a potential service provider, you should take into account the relative importance of:

  • Track record in improving particular business functions and addressing challenges similar to those your company is facing.
  • Understanding of how to bring in a continuous improvement culture as opposed to silos of lean projects.
  • Relevant sectoral background and experience.
  • Current availability & proximity of the service provider
  • Recent client project list and references available to contact
  • The fee rate per day, for short term and longer term assignments

You are advised to contact and interview at least three potential service providers in order to find the right fit for your business.

Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland. The mandate is to advance the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led workforce development. For a full list of Skillnet programmes click here. See below a list of Skillnets that have been developed to support training in Lean, Operational Excellence and related areas;
NameFunction
Cobotocs SkillnetTraining for enterprises in the cobotics, artificial intelligence and technology sectors
ICBE Advanced Productivity SkillnetTraining for enterprises in lean, six sigma and process improvement methodologies
ICBE Business Excellence SkillnetTraining for enterprises to enhance business excellence
Lean & Green Skillnet Training for enterprises in environmental, water and energy management
Lean and Operational Excellence in 3rd Level Education

Contact your local 3rd level college to find out about LEAN and Operational Excellence related courses as well as research and collaboration opportunities.