SC21 C&G Providers

What is a Competitiveness & Growth (C&G) Provider?

Providers deliver the provision of Training, Coaching & Mentoring services for the SC21 Competitiveness & Growth (G&G) Programme

Each Provider will be approved to deliver 1 or more of the 122 National Manufacturing Competitiveness Level (NMCL) Improvement Modules.

The syllabus of distinct Improvement Modules has been developed to cover 4 key areas of a business:

  • Competitive Strategy & Management Systems
  • New Product Introduction
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Supply Chain
SC21 C&G Providers


The specific Improvement Modules to be delivered within each specific SC21 C&G Project is defined in a tailored improvement plan which identifies the improvements that can be made by embedding key skills into the participant through training, coaching and mentoring. This plan is determined by a standardised Capability Assessment undertaken by accredited assessors and also includes a credible financial business case.


The SC21 Competitiveness & Growth programme has been jointly developed by the ADS Group and SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) and is the Aerospace and Defence sector’s deployment mechanism of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Level (NMCL) programme.

The aim of the SC21 Competitiveness & Growth (SC21 C&G) 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. The automotive sector programme was announced in the 2018 Automotive Sector Deal.

The process that participants follow covers a standardised Capability Assessment undertaken by accredited assessors, a self-review of Competitiveness against peers, and a Competitiveness review against peers by 3 nominated customers. The output of these is combined to develop an improvement plan and a credible financial business case with the beneficiary. The business case will point to improvements that can be made by embedding key skills into the organisation through training, coaching and mentoring.

To ensure a common approach is used across the sectors, a syllabus of 122 distinct Improvement Modules has been developed which cover 4 key areas of a business, Competitive Strategy & Management Systems, New Product Introduction, Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain.

Initial Pilots have been conducted and the first tranche of participants on the programme are undergoing their Capability Assessments. It is envisaged that 194 participating companies, both within the Aerospace and the Automotive sectors, will engage with the Programme over the next 3 year period.

Become a provider

To register your interest, please send an e-mail with the Subject “SC21 C&G Improvement Modules – Expression of Interest” to NMCL@ADSGROUP.ORG.UK.

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. The use of this material for other purposes other than the development of SC21 Competitiveness & Growth and/or NMCL is strictly forbidden. No part of this or subsequent publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other non-commercial uses permitted by copyright law. As such a non-disclosure agreement will be required prior to release of detailed Module content and structure.”