LEVEL 6: IMPROVEMENT LEADER
Developing improvement strategies and providing leadership in improvement for a business. This apprenticeship is for new apprentices and/or existing staff in full time employment that may want a change in career or upskill in their existing role.
Improvement Leaders are responsible for developing improvement strategy, providing leadership in improvement for the business and for coaching and supporting Improvement Specialists in advanced analysis. The Improvement Leader typically reports to board members or heads of department and manages (directly and/or matrix) a team of Improvement Specialists, who deploy the strategy and lead improvement projects. They work closely with all functions of the business to support the setting and achievement of business goals, often accountable for improvement activities within the largest-scale and highest priority programmes of work.
Roles are commonly found in all industry sectors and functions including Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunication, Retail, Finance, Food, Drink, Travel and Leisure. Job titles associated with the Improvement Leader occupation include, but are not limited to: Lean Master, Senior Lean Leader, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Senior Consultant.
Our online e-portfolio system will guide the apprentices through a simple to follow curriculum aligned to all the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours, with a variety of virtual learning environments and insights to the best examples to help exceltheir learning.
This course consists of multiple sessions, videos, each of which is a collection of related lessons.
Full time employees taking on this apprenticeship will typically spend 18 to 24 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% of this time being off-the-job training.
Apprentices without English and mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 2 prior to taking their End Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA will only start once the employer is satisfied that gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard.
The EPA will be conducted by an EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation) approved to offer services against this standard, as selected by the employer. The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:
The dissertation must focus on the development and deployment of improvement strategy in their business and of sufficient scope to demonstrate the knowledge and skills. For example, ‘A Continuous Improvement Strategy and Deployment plan for department x’.