About SC21

SC21 is a change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace & defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains. International competition, together with the challenges posed by the defence industrial strategy, necessitates rapid improvement in the effectiveness of our supply chains. At the same time, industry must ensure that it delivers competitive solutions for customers whilst maintaining profitable business growth.

What are the benefits of committing?

SC21 has seen companies benefitting from a large range of benefits and savings, such as:

  • Reduced overheads from implementing business excellence and lean principles through the Bus Ex and Man Ex tools,
  • Operational improvement with minimal costs to the business
  • Increased competitiveness
  • Leaner production,
  • Cost reduction
  • Lower set-up times

….just to mention a few. The real evidence can be seen in the benefits brochure:

which was developed as a result of a direct survey, sent to all signatories for feedback.

Through participating in SC21 your business will also understand better how the industry will be changing in the future and you will be kept aware of developments in the sector and the activities regarding your colleagues on the SC21 programme.

What does it cost to participate?

It costs nothing to subscribe to SC21. However, to fully engage in the change programme it will require the commitment of some resources (Strategic/Training Partners), but the benefits will easily outweigh the cost.

The estimated cost is between £5k to £7.2k, rate depending on SME/Large Enterprise.


What is the lead time?

The typical delivery is between 10 to 12 Days, depending on whether the business is new to the programme or being re-certified.

After you will submit your award request, it will take about 3 weeks to be approved.