L5 Improvement Specialist - (Black Belt Six Sigma Level)

What you’ll learn on the improvement specialist apprenticeship

You will learn how to lead the deployment of an improvement strategy. This apprenticeship will provide broad and deep technical expertise in advanced and complex Lean and Six Sigma project and change management principles and provide the tools to enable the identification and delivery of improvement opportunities aligned to key business goals.

Why you’ll learn it

You will be able to support improvement leaders in the business who develop the improvement strategy and governance process and provide technical guidance on advanced analysis. You will learn how to manage practitioners who lead smaller improvement projects aligned to the improvement strategy. This apprenticeship offers advanced knowledge and skills in applying improvement techniques and tools across a range of programmes/projects/areas to build the capability of others.

What does the programme consist of?

The programme will be based around the relevant apprenticeship standard but built around the clear objectives and goals of your job and the general development of the business. You will also get a L2 Functional Skills qualification in maths and English if you do not already have those qualification equivalents.

How will it help the individual?

It will help you to develop the skills needed to become improvement leaders. You will develop your leadership skills and learn how to review and coach other people and teams. You will develop your understanding of the wider commercial environment and advanced principles of Lean and Six Sigma tools and techniques.

How will it help the business?

This apprenticeship will help support the deployment of improvement strategies and enables the further training of others. It provides deep technical expertise, supports project and change management activity, aligns business goals to improvement opportunities and facilitates specific KPIs to show improvements in efficiencies or productivity.

Apprenticeship Standard ST0555:

  • Delivery Level: 5
  • Min. Functional Skills Entry Requirements:
    English GCSE 9-4 (A*-C) / FS2 – maths GCSE 9-4 (A*-C) / FS2
  • Programme Duration: 12 – 16 months
  • Learning Method: Blended – onsite & online
  • Sectors: Not sector-specific

How is it Assessed?:

  • Knowledge test + Case Studies
  • Interview
  • Assessment of portfolio of evidence
  • Professional discussion relating to CPD activity

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Some of the topics covered:

• Leading improvement teams
• Project planning
• Project reviews and coaching
• Change planning
• Commercial environment
• Principles and methods for improvement
• Process mapping and analysis
• Data acquisition planning
• Statistics and measures
• Measurement system analysis
• Process capability
• Root cause analysis
• Experimentation
• Failure mode avoidance
• Sustainability and control

"It was refreshing to hear that the training and development programmes I had in mind could be tailored to meet our specific requirements and strategic aims. It has been so successful that we are already planning a second cohort."

Zoe Shackleton, HR Director - Huddersfield Town AFC

"I found the pragmatic, challenging and straightforward approach refreshing and ultimately highly effective."

Peter Nelson, Operations Director - The Glenmorangie Whisky Company

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